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Cuyahoga Community College Foundation Presidential Scholarship L

Don Misheff and Jerry Kelsheimer
(Presidential Scholarship Luncheon)

The Right Honorable Tony Blair and Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton on stage and on screen (Presidential Scholarship Luncheon)

Laura Hindulak, Joe LaGuardia and Shelley Roth (Presidential Scholarship Luncheon)

Jakki Nance and Jackie Woods
(Presidential Scholarship Luncheon)

Cuyahoga Community College Foundation
“Presidential Scholarship Luncheon”

                The Right Honorable Tony Blair was the keynote speaker at the annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon presented by the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation.
    The sold-out crowd convened at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel for the rare opportunity to hear Mr. Blair on his first visit to Cleveland and Ohio. WKYC-TV News Anchor and Education Reporter Kim Wheeler was emcee for the program preceded by the singing of the National Anthem and the invocation by Cantor Sarah Sager. Tri-C President Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton acknowledged Rena Olshansky, who in 1992 initiated the luncheon that since its inception has raised more than $8.4 million, with this year exceeding $1 million, for student scholarships.
    “Education is the best long-term policy a nation could have,” said Mr. Blair whose speech was laced with anecdotal humor. “As the world becomes smaller, it is more important to be open-minded about people. Knowledge is the most precious liberator of the human spirit.”
    Tri-C is establishing the Global Resource Center Scholarship in honor of Mr. Blair, who received a personalized Rock and Roll Hall of Fame jacket, an appropriate souvenir for a man who once played in a rock band. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE          

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