Annual Meeting to Celebrate ‘Connecting the Community’

Meeting to reflect on year of $80M in grantmaking and progress on key initiatives

CLEVELAND  – With a theme of “Connecting the Community,” the Cleveland Foundation will celebrate a year of $80 million in grants to our community and update an estimated audience of 750 on the key initiatives the foundation is shepherding at its annual meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Severance Hall from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Music from the official steel band of the Cleveland Museum of Art Parade the Circle will greet attendees as they arrive and the meeting will begin with a surprise “mini-Parade the Circle” at 4:05 p.m. in celebration of one of our city’s most significant community festivals.

The meeting will include recognition of top scholars from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District  (CMSD) who have earned scholarships to leading universities. It will also highlight graduates of the NewBridge pharmacy tech and phlebotomy programs who have recently received jobs at area hospitals. Both CMSD and NewBridge have received grant support from the foundation.

One of the highlights of the meeting is the presentation of the 2012 Homer C. Wadsworth Award to Vickie Eaton Johnson, executive director of the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp. The award is given annually to a community leader who exemplifies the creativity, innovation, and energy of Homer Wadsworth, who served as executive director of the Cleveland Foundation from 1974 to 1983.

This year’s keynote speaker is Edie Weiner. Weiner is a nationally recognized futurist who will discuss the importance of thinking in new and different ways to navigate future changes and challenges in the business and philanthropic worlds.