Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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Benefit Beat Party Spotlight

Cleveland Zoological Society “Zippity Zoo Doo”

        Some rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm this year as some 500 guests enjoyed the Cleveland Zoological Society’s annual gala ZippityZoo Doo, raising some $300,000 for a multitude of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo projects, as well as vital conservation and preservation efforts. The event was the 60th year for the gala, organized by...

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University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center “Five Star Sensation”

                      Truffle roe bursting mushroomy delight over velvety onion shooters by Chef Hubert Keller of Las Vegas, Seattle’s Chef Sam Choy offering Okinawa purple sweet potato salad with garlic buttered shrimp, even chévre cheesecake with sweet pea mint mousse by Cleveland’s own pastr...

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Akron Art Museum “Auction”

  Like so many former ‘rust belt’ towns, Akron is enjoying something of a Renaissance, thanks in no small measure to the Akron Art Museum. Modest in size but mighty in cultural impact, the Art Museum just finished converting its adjacent parking lot to a green oasis nearly one city block square – a mini ‘Central Park’ in the middle of the down...

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Hopewell “Summer Solstice”

    Ingredients for a terrific summer party: plenty of friends, a warm, breezy evening, lovely surroundings, good music, good food, and a great cause. This was the setting for Summer Solstice to benefit Hopewell, a residential therapeutic farm community for adults with serious mental illness. Served with champagne or a cucumber-infused ‘m...

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Eliza Jennings “Believeland at the Renaissance”

  This year’s benefit party for Eliza Jennings at the Renaissance was set against a backdrop of Cleveland’s exciting successes in 2016. Eliza Jennings celebrated the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship, the Cleveland Indians Championship and Pennant victory, the Lake Erie Monsters Calder Cup title and a successful Republic National Convention...

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Apollo’s Fire “Silver, the 25th Anniversary Gala”

    Late afternoon sunlight sifted through the Stirn Hall glass into the opening reception for Silver, the 25th Anniversary Gala for Apollo’s Fire. Such an apt setting for the Cleveland-based baroque orchestra’s celebration: Just as the barely year-old hall brings fresh architectural and intellectual air into the century-old Hawken School...

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ALS Northeast Ohio Chapter “Strike Out! ALS Gala”

  The ice water buckets have long been emptied, but support for people affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease has never let up for the ALS Northeast Ohio Chapter. The 2017 Strike Out! ALS gala added a new push for awareness and funds for this utterly devastating disease. Since 1998, the Strike Out! ALS benefit has helped northern Ohioans dealing with amy...

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Cleveland Council on World Affairs “2017 Global Impact Award”

  Meeting your hero is its own magic, whether you are 10-year-old Dixon Nix handing a microphone to Condoleezza Rice, or the 66th U.S. Secretary of State receiving a personalized football jersey from none other than Jim Brown. So the Bank of America auditorium was supercharged when the Cleveland Council on World Affairs awarded its 2017 Global...

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Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana “Big Wish Gala”

The Make-A-Wish “Big Wish Gala,” held at the InterContinental Cleveland will help to ensure that the dreams of many young children will continue to come true. More than 550 guests spent an evening in support of the wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions. The evening’s goal was to raise $475,000 to continue to grant the wishes of th...

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Great Lakes Science Center “Yuri’s Night”

Remember that bar scene in the first Star Wars movie, (or is it actually the fourth)? Well, the Great Lakes Science Center might just as well have been the Mos Eisely cantina on Tatooine for the crazy confab of 1,200 creatures at the 2017 Yuri’s Night. Star Trek crews mingled with Ava the inflated astronaut and the Yip Yip martians of Sesame...

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