Posted June 10, 2016 in Articles
The Race for the Place, held on June 5, netted more than $400,000 for Beachwood's The Gathering Place.
(Jeff Piorkowski/special to cleveland.com)
Beachwood's The Gathering Place held its annual Race for the Place on June 5, National Cancer Survivors Day, at Beachwood Place mall.
It rained that morning, but it didn't stop people from coming out to help The Gathering Place, for those who don't know, lends support, services and programs for those fighting cancer, and their loved ones.
In all, 4,000 participants walked and ran in netting just over $400,000. TGP Chief Marketing Officer Kristina Austin sent word that the goal for this year's event was $395,000.
The money raised this year is the most ever raised at a single event in TGP history.
There were 190 teams formed, members of which gathered donations from family and friends. More than $190,000 was brought in through corporate sponsorships.
Presenting sponsor this years was University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, and lead sponsors included Anthem, Medical Mutual, DDR and Parker.
Here are a few Race for the Place facts concerning Sun Press area people and businesses.
Advanced Partners, of Beachwood, was the corporate team raising the most money, with more than $23,000.
Zelman and Associates, also of Beachwood, had the largest corporate team with just over 200 members.
Margi Weiss, a Shaker Heights High School graduating senior, was the captain for Juma Team, which won in the Community Team category and New Team category for raising the most money, more than $11,500, and for having the largest new team with more than 60 members.
Shaker Heights resident Mimi Reimers won first place among all competing women in the 5K with a time of 19 minutes and 8 seconds.
Beachwood's Matt Portner took first place in the cancer survivor category with a time of 22 minutes and 50 seconds.
Donations are still being accepted, through June 30. To donate, visit here.
Feeling Groovy: Groovy is a word you just don't hear enough these days. Some people and things were groovy back in the '60s and '70s, and some weren't.
For example, I can remember an episode of "The Brady Bunch" in which a rival regarded Greg Brady's attire and, with a mere nod said, "Groovy threads, Greg."
Well, if you're feeling groovy, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library is holding an event titled "Crafts of the Past: Lava Lamps" at the very un-lava-lamp time of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the Lee Road Branch, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.
But, this event is for youngsters, very hip youngsters, grades K-5. They'll learn to use food coloring and bottles to make a lava lamp.
Also for the youngsters is the Third Annual Touch-a-Truck event, from 10 a.m. to noon June 27 at Purvis Park, 2198 Wrenford Road in University Heights. The city of University Heights will have its trucks on the scene for close inspection, and the library will provide other fun activities.
For more CH-UH library fun, visit here.
Outdoor concerts: The University Heights Outdoor Concert Series is under way Thursdays at the Quad at John Carroll University (in front of the school's library).
While there is no concert June 16, coming June 23 is Blue Lunch (performing jazz and blues), and on June 30, the University Heights Symphonic Band. Both of these shows include free ice cream socials.
Exhibit extended: "Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann," the current exhibit at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, was to come to an end June 12.
The good news for anyone who has yet to see it is that the exhibit will be extended to include the dates that the Republican National Convention is being held in Cleveland. The popular exhibit will now run through July 24.
"We've presented 27 special exhibitions on everything from Biblical treasures to comic book superheroes over the last 10 years," said Maltz Museum Executive Director Ellen Rudolph. "The secret history behind the daring, high stakes spy operation that made a key perpetrator of the Holocaust accountable for crimes against humanity has emerged as one of our most popular exhibitions to date."
"Operation Finale" was the code name for the effort to capture Eichmann, who was responsible for transporting millions to death camps during World War II. The high-ranking Nazi official was hiding in Argentina when he was apprehended by Mossad (Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) agents in 1960 and smuggled out of the country to face justice.
The 4,000-square-foot multimedia exhibit was created by the Maltz Museum, Mossad and Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People.
The Maltz Museum is located at 2929 Richmond Road.
Autism conference: Milestones Autism Resources, of Beachwood, will host its 14th Annual Milestones Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference June 16 and 17 at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive in Mayfield Heights.
Milestones invites family members, educators, administrators, therapists, clinicians and people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to attend the event to learn evidence-based strategies for all ages, stages and ability levels.
Complimentary lunch and parking are provided for all attendees.
Registration is available at milestones.org, where you can also find out additional information about the conference. Rates will increase on June 11.
Quite an honor: Ithaca College of New York has let us know that Shaker Heights native Margaret Butler was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, one of the country's oldest and most selective honor societies.
Butler is an anthropology major at Ithaca College.
Bereavement support: If you or someone you know is dealing with a recent loss, Montefiore is offering help.
"Journey Through Grief," a six-week bereavement education and support group will begin June 21.
The group will provide materials and discussions on a variety of topics to assist participants in their grieving process.
The group will convene from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Montefiore, One David N. Myers Parkway in Beachwood.
The support group is non-denominational and is free and open to all. Facilitator will be Miriam Katz. Light refreshments will be provided.
To register, or for more information, contact Katz at 216-910-2796, or email email@example.com.
Shaker Arts presents concert: Mark July 29 on your calendar as that is the date the Shaker Arts Council will hold its 2016 Aha! (At Home with the Arts) series concert with the band Webster, Carr and Custy.
The program is titled "In a Garden So Green: Timeless Love Songs, Past and Present."
You'll hear music from the British Isles, the American songbook, The Beatles and Jason Mraz.
The program, as is often the case, will take place at "a gracious Shaker Heights home." Bring a lawn chair or blanket and relax in the garden for a summer night filled with music.
Tickets are $30 and include light refreshments and a wine and beer reception. The evening gets under way at 7 p.m., and the concert at 7:45 p.m. Tents will be on site in case of rain.
The last time Jim Carr performed at an Aha!, it sold out quickly, so you might want to act soon in getting your tickets for July 29.
For reservations and information, call 216-916-9360. Tickets can also be purchased at shakerartscouncil.org.