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Mort and Iris November with Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden (Philanthropia)

Harlan Diamond and Charles Klass

Cynthia Winters, Myrna Eglin and Marcia Coven

Emily Delaney and Sharon Steinhoff


    About $145,000 was raised for local charities at the 10th annual Philanthropia, the benefit conceived by Harlan Diamond following 9/11 to raise money for Cleveland nonprofits. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $900,000 for charity.
    While 1,100 reservations were made, about 800 people braved winter weather for the luncheon at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. In addition to designating their chosen charity in their ticket purchase, guests bought raffles for a chance to win the grand cash prize, this year amounting to almost $2,000 for their charity. Winner was Jeanette Lacey, in support of Mt. Zion Congregational Church, personally rewarded with two tickets to Landerhaven’s New Year’s Eve party.
    WEWS-TV News Anchor Leon Bibb was master of ceremonies for the program that began with an invocation by Rabbi Daniel Roberts. He also asked for a moment of silence in memory of Jane Belsito, Executive Caterers’ vice president, who Harlan said “loved Philanthropia more than anything we have ever done.”  Several people, including Paramjit Singh from Project SEVA, and Georgette Jackson from Joseph’s Home, spoke about how important the fund-raiser is not only to their organizations but also to the community.
    The wonderful music entertainment by The Singing Angels, directed by Charles Eversole, included the guests joining in a sing-along of popular Christmas songs. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE

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