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The Clay High Alumni & Friends Association (CHAFA) and the Clay Athletic Boosters Club are joining together to present the Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame recognition at a banquet Saturday, Sept. 12 from 6-11 p.m. at the Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. University of Toledo Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop will be the featured speaker for the induction, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes dinner and two beverages. A cash bar will be available. Tables of eight are available for $300.

Reservations are required by Sept. 1. To make a reservation by phone and pay by credit card, contact Laurie Dartt at 419-693-0668.

Distinguished alumni inductees include Bill Hughes and the late Marilynne Shanks Ellery.

After attending Bowling Green State University on a golf scholarship, Hughes moved to South Florida to chase his dream of becoming a PGA Professional. After roles as assistant golf professional at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and Pine Tree Golf Club, in Boynton Beach, Florida. He became a PGA of America Member in 1984 and the head golf professional at Shawnee Country Club in Lima, Ohio. In 1995, he became a member of the illustrious group of PGA Master Professionals.

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Bill Hughes Marilynne Ellery

With a passion for the development and growth of the game for over 30 years, Hughes has been significant in the development and growth of junior golf across the United States. In 2013, he received the first annual American Junior Golf Association “General Manager of the Year” Award.

Hughes was hired by the PGA tour in 1996 to oversee their club operations in Memphis, Tennessee at TPC Southwind, annual host site of the FedEx St. Jude’s Classic. It was there that Mr. Hughes discovered his passion for “giving back.”

Throughout his tenures as general manager with the PGA Tour in Cincinnati; at TPC River’s Bend, Dallas, Texas; at TPC Craig Ranch and currently Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at the famed TPC Sawgrass, Hughes has partnered with local, regional and nation golf communities in raising hundreds of millions of dollars for local charities.

In 2013, Hughes was recognized by his peers in the golf industry and the PGA of America with the prestigious “Bill Strausbaugh Award” for community involvement and philanthropic engagement and the “PGA Professional of the Year” Award recognizing the PGA golf professional that best exemplifies the organization’s core values. He received the “Bill Strausbaugh Award” for the second time in 2014.

Hughes and his wife Molly are the parents of two children, Kelsey and Chipper.


Posthumous honors
Marilynne Shanks Ellery attended Coy Elementary School and graduated from Clay High School in 1941. After graduation, she attended Ohio Wesleyan University where she began her lifetime membership in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education in1945.

After graduation she taught elementary school for five years at Maumee City Schools and ten years at Toledo Public Schools. From 1960-1961 she was a teaching fellow and a member of the University of Toledo faculty after receiving her Master of Education Degree from there in 1960.

In 1961, she was the Elementary Supervisor of the Bath School District in Lima, Ohio. In 1963, she became an assistant professor at Ohio Northern University and served in this capacity for 15 years.

She was initiated into Mortar Board in 1975 in recognition of high scholarship, leadership and service. She ended her career as an elementary teacher in the Toledo Public Schools.

Throughout her career she was active in many professional organizations including Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Kappa Gamma, Pi Lambda Theta, Association of American University Professors and Who’s Who of American Women. She passed away in 2001.

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