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Don’t Miss CHANGE Fundraiser to Benefit Lakewood Community Services Center

Lakewood Community Services Center

A new name and an even better event for a great organization.

CHANGE, the event formerly known as Got Green?, is set for Saturday, October 11 from 7pm – 11pm at the Lake Erie Building —aka the Screw Factory — at13000 Athens Avenue.

Lakewood Community Services Center’s annual fundraiser features all that attendees have come to expect: amazing food from a local chef, incredible live entertainment and fabulous raffle prizes donated by friends throughout Lakewood and beyond. And best of all, it’s for a good cause.

“We decided on CHANGE as a very appropriate name for our event,” says Trish Rooney, LCSC’s executive director. “Every day LCSC, with its partners, works to change the lives of children and adults in our community – this year perhaps to a greater extent than ever before as we have introduced new programs aimed to help transform the lives of the people who come to us for help.”

This year’s event honors Partners in Change who made LCSC’s first-ever summer lunch program for Lakewood school-aged kids who qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year a reality. Funding for the program was made possible by the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy grantmaking program that empowers O’Neill family grandchildren to make their own decisions on programs that they would like to support. Immediately after being awarded funding, LCSC reached out to community partners for their participation in order to make this much more than just a lunch program.

“The unqualified support we received from the community is so typical of Lakewood,” says Rooney. “Lakewood Library said yes immediately as did H2O, with whom we partner on many programs. We needed a home for the summer and Grace Lutheran Church was on board in an instant.” So what might have been only a lunch program, albeit a very important service, became an enrichment program that included reading, physical activity and crafts Monday through Friday for 10 weeks. And importantly became a pilot for a summer program that will be funded by United Way for the summer of 2015.

This year LCSC’s event comes home to Lakewood and features Chef Chris Hodgson, chef/owner of Hodge’s Cleveland (and local food truck pioneer – think Dim and Den Sum and Hodge Podge) as the celebrity chef. Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef for the Great Lakes Region,” Hodgson is preparing passed hors d’oeuvres and manning one of his famous action stations at the event. There’s also Great Lakes beer, wine pairings and signature cocktails created by Hodge’s Cleveland bartender Nicole.

You will want to save room for dessert — specifically, a gorgeous buffet — prepared by Courtney Bonning, pastry chef and owner of Ohio City’s BonBon Patry and Café.

It’s not all about food and drinks, though. One of the hottest bands in northeast Ohio, Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites are slated to perform, bringing their northern soul style to the main stage. Dancing is expected. In addition, GroundWorks Dance Theater will perform Hindsight, an homage to Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, choreographed by Tony-nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett.

Raffle prizes include packages that celebrate a few of Cleveland’s most popular neighborhoods including Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway. The Lakewood basket is the one everyone will want to take home! Packed with gifts and gift certificates from dozens of Lakewood businesses, the basket is a virtual trip through Lakewood’s unique specialty shops and restaurants.

The marquee raffle items include dinner at the Chef’s Table at Michael Symon’s Lola; a Tour de Crop at Crop Bistro and Bar; a private shopping experience for 10 at Tremont’s Evie Lou that includes wine and appetizers from Fat Cats; and a private cooking class with wine pairings at Dante.

But remember, you can’t win anything unless you go to CHANGE on Friday, October 11. Purchase your tickets online at www.lcsclakewood.org. You will have a great time while supporting a great organization that provides programs and services to literally thousands of individuals in the community every year.

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  1. philnevil says:

    Funding for the program was made possible by the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy grantmaking program that empowers O’Neill family grandchildren to make their own decisions on programs that they would like to support.
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