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Benefit Beat Party Spotlight

Currents presents its annual Black-Tie Awards for best benefits of 2017   By Currents Benefit Beat Reporters   It’s an annual Currents tradition to ask our busy Benefit Beat reporters to nominate the best-of-the-best benefits from among the many special events they covered in the previous year. While it’s always a difficult task for them...

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Christ Child Society “Starlight Ball”

“Boy, that’s just like a hug!” said the young man in the video, trying on his own warm coat for the first time. Last year, the century-young Christ Child Society gave a lot of hugs, distributing more than 2,000 winter coats and 2,456 school uniforms. The society provided 1,200 “My Stuff” bags, filled with clothing, socks, hygiene items, paper and c...

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Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation “Annual Warehouse District Holiday Tour”

The annual Warehouse District Holiday Tour ushered in the season’s festivities for the 18th year in a row. More than 300 guests attended the benefit for the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation. They had an opportunity to view stunning examples of district living and new downtown developments, while sampling food from neighborhood re...

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University Hospitals “Miracles Happen”

  In its largest annual fundraiser, University Hospitals presented its 10th annual Miracles Happen, a benefit for advanced Cancer Research. Held at the Shaker Country Club, a crowd of 400 were on hand and helped to raise about $300,000 that evening. At the start of the night, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music by Mike Petrone,...

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Malachi House, “Pearl in the City 30th Anniversary Gala”

In his opening remarks to nearly 400 guests, at its 30th Anniversary Gala, Malachi House Board Chair Joe Granzier asked guests to think of a relative who had passed away, the loving support that person received, and then to imagine someone in a similar situation, but dying on the street, alone. “Malachi House cares for these people,” he said. “They...

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MedWish International “Moxie Anniversary Party”

  Twenty years is a landmark in the fickle restaurant business. So to celebrate two decades of  delectable dining in Beachwood, Moxie the Restaurant called the chefs home and sent the proceeds overseas. Making the home-grown celebration a global affair benefitting MedWish International was a matter of neighborly familiarity. “Moxie has been in...

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City Ballet of Cleveland “Sugarplum Fairy Tea”

  It was fairies, princesses and ballerinas that descended on the Cleveland Skating Club for the fourth annual Sugarplum Fairy Tea benefitting the City Ballet of Cleveland. Young children delighted in the afternoon event, along with mothers, grandmothers and even some fathers. There were delightful desserts donated by a variety of top pastry c...

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YWCA “Circle 2017”

  More than 600 people turned out in support of the YWCA for the ninth annual Circle 2017 presented for the first time in the evening at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The event’s purpose was to support NIA- Nurturing Independence and Aspiration at YWCA Greater Cleveland, a national and local leader in the prevention of homelessness. Circle rais...

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Summa Health “Sapphire Ball”

    The 2017 Summa Health Sapphire Ball was filled with firsts. The October 21 event at the John S. Knight Center – the 16th annual – raised $1.3 million for the first time in its illustrious history.  Those dollars, when coupled with all the money previously amassed over the years, pushed the total raised in 16 years to more than $10 mil...

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Flashes of Hope “Big Shots and Little Stars”

It was a record-breaking evening for Flashes of Hope, in terms of both the crowd who gathered and the money raised. A total of 1,300 people turned out for Flashes’ annual Big Shots and Little Stars gala presented at Quicken Loans Arena. This was the 12th Big Shots event and the ninth annual celebration partnering with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A rec...

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