For a while you might have imagined you were in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, such was the crush of humanity that gathered for the lighting of the chandelier which now hangs over the center of PlayhouseSquare at E. 14th and Euclid.
Just in case you missed the fun, you can go downtown anytime you like and see the largest outdoor chandelier in the world. We recommend night because all the lights are on and it really is exciting to see how the square has been re-imagined with gateways at each corner, dynamic new lights and digital signage. It is, literally, another jewel in Cleveland’s diadem.
Thirteen hundred people came for the indoor part of the evening with cocktails in the State Theatre lobby and dinner on the State stage and in the Palace Theatre. Benefit chairs were: Terry Adelman, Marcia Floyd, Sally Henkel, Deborah Hermann, Mary Lynn Laughlin, Ellen Stirn Mavic, Donna Kelly Rego, Diann Scaravilli, Manisha Sethi, Lauren Spilman, K.K. Sullivan and Molly Walsh.
Most of the dinner guests elected to go outside where we were amazed to see the square full of people, 25,000 of them, many of whom had been waiting for hours to see the lighting of the chandelier. There was plenty of entertainment to keep everyone occupied all through the evening with everything from the drummers called “Trash Talkers” to the Singing Angels.
It was a dazzling evening that raised nearly $900,000 which will be used for education and community outreach.
STORY BY MARTHA TOWNS/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROB WETZLER