About Town

Back in January, we wrote a story on Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School sophomores Bridget Butler, Kate Butler and Ella DeTray who were on a mission to raise $35,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society as part of the Students of the Year campaign.

We are happy to report that the girls and 17 of their classmates who comprised Team Telescope, were able to almost double their goal, raising more than $60,000 for LLS in just seven short weeks.

The Students of the Year campaign is a national program that gives students the opportunity to compete against teams from other area high schools to raise the most money towards blood cancer research. The LLS has advanced more than 85% of the approved blood cancer treatments since 2017 and has led the way for survival rates of blood cancers to quadruple since it was founded in the 1940s.

In 2021, the greater Cleveland Students of the Year campaign raised $960,393 for LLS.

Team Telescope is now qualified for the LLS Impact Award as they were one of only seven teams in the area to raise more than $50,000.

Brecksville residents Michael and Elizabeth O’Donnell have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth, to Charles William Egan, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Egan of Raleigh, North Carolina.

The couple first met while on a finance rotational program at General Electric in 2018. After their initial meeting, both Emily and Charlie decided to focus on their careers, which led them to travel separately to more than 12 countries and 15 U.S. cities combined.

The couple crossed paths again in September 2019, at which time they decided to make their relationship a priority. Both Emily and Charlie continued to travel for their jobs until March 2020 when they finally had the opportunity to be in the same location in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. The couple currently resides in Stamford, Connecticut, and will be married on June 11 at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. ∞