Lakewood OH

Arthritis Foundation recognizes community leaders

In one of their many successful events, the local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation both raised funds and recognized some champions of their cause at a celebration on Thursday. Held at the Marriott at Key Center, the 2012 Community Leaders of the Year Award Dinner was jammed with 350 guests. Held on a weeknight, the event was tightly organized and executed without a hitch.

Guests began the evening with a social hour in the Marriott’s pre-function spaces. They also looked over some prime silent auction items and responded with brisk bidding. This is one sign of a successful event. Another sign was the large number of corporate sponsorship tables. A third was the presence of attendees of all ages. The local chapter is preparing for the future by encouraging younger people to participate.

Dinner was a model of efficiency, with both the salad and dessert already placed on the table. A program honored Bob and Sally Gries and Dan and Molly Walsh. The honorees have served the local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation as board members and benefactors. A short video served as an introduction to the always-successful “Fund a Need.” Guests raised auction paddles to make a 100 percent pure donation to the organization at whatever level they were comfortable with. Two live auction items closed the evening. The night was a financial success as well. Over $225,000 was collected for the work of the Great Lakes Region of the Arthritis Foundation.


Susan and Bill Grimberg of Lakewood. Photos by Art Thomas

Thomas Batchko, Allyson O'Keefe, and Adam Nazette of Rocky River

Laura Mimura of Avon Lake and Laurie Masters of Westlake



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