Tickets now available for Cleveland Foundation Annual Meeting Presented by KeyBank

World-renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to deliver Robert D. Gries Keynote Lecture

release date: 5.11.2016

CLEVELAND – Free tickets are now available for the Cleveland Foundation Annual Meeting Presented by KeyBank, scheduled for June 8 in the State Theatre at Playhouse Square. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Inspiring Leadership,” honoring outstanding nonprofit partners and Cleveland Foundation donors that enhance the lives of Greater Clevelanders every day.

“We look forward to our annual meeting because it is our chance to keep the community fully informed as to the foundation’s priorities, aspirations and accomplishments,” said Ronn Richard, President & CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. “We are grateful for KeyBank’s continued partnership in presenting this forum that reflects on the past year, celebrates what is ahead, and establishes important connections to continue making a difference in Greater Cleveland.”

In this U.S. presidential election year, Doris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will deliver the annual Robert D. Gries Keynote Lecture at the event. Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Team of Rivals formed the basis for Lincoln, a 2012 film that grossed $275 million at the box office and earned 12 Academy Award® nominations. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, and is the author of best sellers Wait Till Next Year, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream and The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, which was adapted into an award-winning five-part TV miniseries. She is well known for her appearances and commentary on multiple television networks, talk shows and documentaries.

“In this election year, there is no better expert than Doris Kearns Goodwin to inspire us with lessons of leadership that we can all emulate in our work in this community,” said KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney. “We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the Cleveland Foundation and its transformative impact throughout Greater Cleveland.”

Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard will provide annual State of the Community remarks in conversation with Dee Perry, host and producer of The Sound of Applause on 90.3 WCPN. The annual meeting will also include the presentation of the 2016 Homer C. Wadsworth Award, given annually to a local leader who demonstrates creativity, innovation, ingenuity, risk-taking, and good humor in a civic, volunteer, nonprofit, or public sector role. 

The meeting will begin promptly at 4 p.m., with a community reception to follow. Those interested in attending can reserve tickets by calling the Playhouse Square box office at (866) 546-1353 or by requesting tickets online at to 4 tickets per household are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  


Cleveland Foundation
Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2015 grants of $95 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of residents of Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – education and youth development, neighborhoods, health and human services, arts and culture, economic development and purposeful aging – and responds to the community’s needs.

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KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key has assets of approximately $95.1 billion, as of December 31, 2015. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals, small and medium-sized businesses under the name of KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name.