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Reason for Hope Ball


Jenny and Jim Zinkan (Reason for Hope Ball)


Drs. Mathilde and Erik Pioro
(Reason for Hope Ball)


Brad Sussman with Pam and Sergeant Mark Staff
(Reason for Hope Ball)

Nora, Fred and Rose Marie DeGrandis
(Reason for Hope Ball)


Zinkan Charitable Foundation
"Reason for Hope Ball"



The third annual Reason for Hope Ball was held at the InterContinental Hotel with 350 guests in attendance. The gala benefit was organized by the Zinkan Charitable Foundation, the focus of which is to help find a cure for neuromuscular diseases, among which are ALS, MS and Parkinson’s. The event chairs were Jim Zinkan and his wife Jenny.
Students from Shaker Dance Academy performed throughout dinner. The energetic and colorful dances were comprised of hip hop, jazz, modern and ballet. The school founders, Tracey and Jonathan Webb, choreographed the production especially for the evening.
A truly gourmet dinner was served, and after the marvelous meal, guests got up to dance as soon as SHOUT began playing.
The 2008 Reason for Hope Award was given to Fred DeGrandis, President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals. Mr. DeGrandis lost his father to ALS and is an advocate for fighting neuromuscular diseases.
The Zinkan family formed the Dalene Marie Zinkan Foundation in her honor after she died of ALS. In funding research, they strive to give a “reason for hope” to each person faced with the diagnosis. The foundation presented a gift of a highly-specialized $75,000 Leica microscope to Erik Pioro, MD, PhD, FRCP. Dr. Pioro is director of the section on ALS and related disorders at the Cleveland Clinic.
In addition to an interesting silent auction, there was a raffle for a stunning diamond cocktail ring. At only $20 a ticket, guests were lining up to buy them.
The evening helped to raise $100,000 for hope. Visit ZinkanCharities.com for more information. STORY BY CAROLINE R. MERK. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBert MULLER

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