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Tickets now available for Cleveland Foundation Annual Meeting Presented by KeyBank

Famous TED Talk speaker Sir Ken Robinson to deliver Robert D. Gries Keynote Lecture

RELEASE DATE: 5.5.2015

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation announced today that free tickets for its June 3 annual meeting are now available. The Cleveland Foundation Annual Meeting – presented by KeyBank – will convene the community at Severance Hall on Wednesday, June 3, as the foundation commemorates the first year of its second century and a new chapter in its commitment to people, place and purpose.

Logo-blockSir Ken Robinson, the most viewed TED Talk speaker of all time, will deliver the annual Robert D. Gries Keynote Lecture at the event. Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity and innovation and human resources in education and in business. A New York Times best-seller, Sir Ken is also one of the world’s leading speakers on these topics, with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in more than 150 countries. His 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED’s history. In 2011, he was listed as “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine and was ranked among the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thought leaders. Sir Ken received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

“The Cleveland Foundation is celebrating its 101st year of working to enhance the lives of everyone who calls Greater Cleveland home,” said Ronn Richard, president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. “Our annual meeting invites the community to join us in discovering how – together with our donors, grantees, partners and friends – we can work to create a brighter future and a better home for all.”

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.

Those interested in attending the annual meeting can reserve tickets by calling the Severance Hall box office at (216) 231-1111 or by printing tickets online at www.clevelandorchestra.com/cfannualmeeting. Up to two tickets per household are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is the second consecutive year that KeyBank has served as the presenting sponsor of the Cleveland Foundation’s annual meeting. KeyBank has been a partner of the foundation since 1914, as one of its founding trustee banks.

“For 101 years, we’ve been a proud partner of the Cleveland Foundation, the first community foundation in the world,” said KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney. “Cleveland is on an upswing, thanks in large part to the good work of the Cleveland Foundation in building that momentum. Thank you for all you do, Cleveland Foundation, and congratulations on another year of initiatives that are moving our hometown to new heights.”

In addition to the annual State of the Foundation address by Ronn Richard, the annual meeting will include the presentation of the 2015 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. Last year, the foundation honored Steven D. Standley, chief administrative officer of University Hospitals of Cleveland.

The meeting will begin promptly at 6 p.m., with a community reception to follow.


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 2014 grants of $98 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.

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KeyCorp was organized more than 161 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The original Cleveland Foundation trustee bank, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $90.8 billion. For more information, visit www.Key.com. KeyBank is Member FDIC.