Monday, July 16th, 2018

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Project LEARN — Alphabet Affair

Greg and Jenny Schmid (Alphabet Affair)

Patrick Gallagher, Cyndy Crotty and Richard Peterson
(Alphabet Affair)

Monica and Larry English (Alphabet Affair)

Olga Roman and Zory Sotomayor (Alphabet Affair)

Project: LEARN
“Alphabet Affair”

Project: LEARN’s 15th annual Alphabet Affair celebrated the letter “O” at the Old Arcade.
Only outstanding oaths could describe this party whose chairman Greg Schmid was obligated to serve alone, as Megan Short gave birth that morning to an infant daughter. The obligatory costume contest brought out the creativity of the 140 or so guests, with the ODOT Team of Ruth and Alex Facekas, Susie Rabiah and Jim Karlovec winning the team prize. Individual award-winner was Tim Gallagher as Oscar the Grouch and the couple’s prize went to Cyndy Crotty as Olivia Newton-John and Patrick Gallagher (“I’m with Olivia”) who also happens to be president of the Friends of Project: LEARN.
Ohio State fans abounded, mixing it up during cocktails with the outrageously attired. Michael Palmer won the Opportunity Knocks Q&A. A sit-down dinner, catered by the Hyatt Regency, was served on the main floor where the Flashback Band settled in for a long night of rock ‘n soul music.
Project: LEARN Executive Director Richard Peterson said one of its most successful partnerships has been with the Cleveland Municipal Courts helping young offenders “to get back on track by choosing the agency literacy program over jail time. There has been little attrition, as just one late absence sends a kid to jail, with some 47 young people getting their GEDs through the program since the beginning of the year.”
The Alphabet Affair helped to raise more than $56,000. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE

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