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David R. Zavagno, Recipient of the 2015 Herrick Memorial Award for Civic Achievement

The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve Recognizes Cleveland Businessman

Put-In-Bay Township, OH – July 16, 2015—The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, also known as The Perry Group, a volunteer, nonprofit organization is proud to announce that their Chairman, David R. Zavagno is the recipient of the 2015 Herrick Memorial Award for Civic Achievement presented by The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve.

The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve is one of the oldest historic organizations with a mission to preserve, honor and maintain the history of Cleveland and honor individuals whose accomplishments have contributed and promoted the city of Cleveland.

Since 1989, The Perry Group with Zavagno’s leadership has supported Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in its educational, historic and peacekeeping goals through the promotion and sponsorship of the memorial’s programs and special events.

In making their selection for the 2015 Herrick Memorial Award for Civic Achievement, The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve recognized that Zavagno has passionately led The Perry Group and the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Committee in a three-year effort culminating in Ohio’s highly successful two-week victory commemoration in 2013.

“On behalf of The Perry Group and Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial team and our sponsors, I would like to thank the association and the Herrick family for this award and share in recognizing the critical roles of everyone involved who helped to shine a very bright light on this time in our history,” said Zavagno. “They brought us together as one proud group of modern day settlers. We have met the 200th year anniversary and the forever memories are ours.”

At the award’s luncheon, Zavagno will give an update on the continuing activities and programs of The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, located in Put-in-Bay, Ohio was constructed in 1913 to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States.

While honoring Zavagno at the July 22 ceremony at 11:00 am at the Lorenzo Carter cabin at Settlers’ Landing in Heritage Park in the Flats, the city of Cleveland will also be celebrating its 219th birthday at the event.

For more information on The Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve and the Herrick Memorial Award visit http://earlysettlers.org/birthday_cleveland.asp

In addition to his volunteer role with The Perry Group, Zavagno is president of the Solon, OH based Universal Medical Systems, Inc. of Ohio is the leading innovative supplier of veterinary computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems worldwide.

About The Perry Group

The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, also known as The Perry Group, is a volunteer, nonprofit organization working with the National Park Service and the local, national, and international community to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie and celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States.

Since 1989, The Perry Group has supported Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in its educational, historic and peacekeeping goals through the promotion and sponsorship of the Memorial’s programs and special events. For more information, visit http://theperrygroup.org/

About Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (IPM) is located within the Village of Put-in-Bay, OH. Put-in-Bay is on South Bass Island. IPM was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/pevi/index.htm

About Universal Medical Systems, Inc. of Ohio

Universal Medical Systems, Inc. (UMS) of Ohio is the leading innovative supplier of veterinary computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems worldwide. Headquartered in Cleveland, Universal Medical Systems, Inc. offers medical, industrial and research imaging systems from desktop CT scanners to ultra high field three-tesla MRI scanners. An affiliated network of research, development, sales and service teams supports every UMS scanner.

For more information visit: www.veterinary-imaging.com and http://www.universal-systems.com

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