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Tree for Tanny dedication set for Shawnee

Alissa Widman Neese • Jul 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Shawnee Elementary School will honor its departed principal with a vibrant yellow shade tree, slated for planting today.

A dedication is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. behind the school.

Overwhelming support of an online fundraiser coordinated by Satanta “Tanny” Vonthron’s high school classmates, Huron High School’s Class of 1992, made the project possible.

Their modest goal: collect $1,100, enough funds to plant a memorial “Tanny Tree” near the elementary school’s playground.

The group shattered the target amount in only a few hours.

The tree, a gingko biloba, is commonly called an “Autumn Gold” because its leaves turn bright yellow in autumn months. They typically all fall off in a short amount of time, creating a golden blanket on the ground.

Proceeds from Saturday morning's Huron River Fest 5k will go to Vonthron's Memorial Scholarship Fund. To register for the race, click HERE.

Want to donate?

Send checks for the Satanta Vonthron Memorial Scholarship Fund to Huron City Schools, 712 Cleveland Road East, Huron, OH 44839.

Call 419-433-1234 for more information.

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