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Ohio Cancer Research Associates

Dennis Zack with Jean and Richard Hipple
 (Grand Illusions)

Tom Lamb, Karen White and Bill Boggess
(Grand Illusions)

Susan Goldberg and David Kordalski with Tom and Eileen Fallon (Grand Illusions)

Renuka and Terrance Egger with Martha Towns
(Grand Illusions)

Ohio Cancer Research Associates
“Grand Illusions”

    No, roast was not on the menu at the 21st annual “Grand Illusions” for Ohio Cancer Research Associates (OCRA), emceed by Currents own Martha Towns. Just a gentle “sauté” to honor community leader and lucky recipient of this year’s zingers: Terrance (Terry) Egger, Publisher, President and CEO of The Plain Dealer.
    PD Editor Susan Goldberg got the first shots in with a little side note about how hard it is to make fun of Egger. “He’s a great guy,” she said, “who has a warm smile as he slashes my newsroom budget.” The other speaker, Sam Miller, must be the only person in town who can call the honoree — a power in the community — by his nickname: “Fuzzy.” But he did, and went on to describe Egger as a “human being with total goodness, totally pointed toward truth.” The audience of 150 heard Miller challenge Egger to “fight for the life of his paper and the life of this town.” Introduced by Richard Hipple, last year’s “Grand Illusions” winner, Egger promised a short speech so everyone could be home by half-time of the Cav’s playoff game and congratulated OCRA for its strong record of raising more than $24.2 million for projects right here in Northeast Ohio including work at Case, MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic.
    That’s exactly what this dynamic organization does, said Executive Director Dennis Zack. ORCA’s focus on seed money for researchers who might not otherwise be funded has generated more than $80 million in new money from other sources. STORY BY LINDA McMULLEN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BASHIAN

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