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Unit 125 Scholarship & Charity Fund

Since at least 1984 bridge players in the Cleveland area have made charitable contributions to a tax-exempt Fund (now named the Unit 125 Scholarship & Charity Fund. Bridge players have contributed through their play in special charity games at local clubs and Sectionals and by contributions in memory of deceased members as well as by supporting the Fund's fund-raising efforts at Sectionals.

The Fund's original purpose was to provide scholarships to children of members, but more recently scholarships have been given to grandchildren of members who apply and qualify. In 2015 the Unit Board decided to expand the purposes of the Fund and the current charitable purposes are:

  1. Donations to organizations operating in the Unit’s area to which a tax-exempt organization may make donations (“Charity”).
  2. Donations in memory of deceased Unit members to a Charity favored by the deceased, if known, or if none is known, to a Charity selected by the Fund Trustees based on criteria the Trustees determine.
  3. Scholarships to children and grandchildren of members of Unit 125.
  4. Scholarships to young people who live in the Unit’s area who have demonstrated an interest and aptitude for bridge.

Donors to the Fund may designate that their donation be used for scholarship purposes or general charitable purposes and undesignagted donations will be allocated by the Trustees

Please send donations to the Fund to the Fund's Chair, Bernie Greenspan at 1 Waterford Ln, Beachwood OH 44122-7551 or contact him by phone at 216-789-1538 or 216-595-3266 or by email at

Send Notices of the death of Unit 125 members to Bernie Greenspan.

Scholarships are awarded at the Unit 125 Annual Awards event which is normally held in May.

The 2016 scholarship winners were announced at the Unit's annual membership meeting in May and they were:

  • Mariah Cotton - granddaughter of Ruth Amon Schaeffer
  • Macie Kleis - granddaughter of Rosemary Kleis
  • Emily Dann - granddaughter of Hope Ellis
  • Abbey Wyrick - granddaughter of Beverly Carter
  • Shelby Bauer - granddaughter of Peter Miller

The 2017 Scholarship Application is available HERE.

The history of the Fund makes for interesting reading. Please read it.