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LakewoodAlive Announces Award Honorees to be Recognized at “Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite”

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Friedmann, Kaufmann, Marx & Thomas to be Honored at Fundraising Event on Feb. 24

Not all superheroes wear capes.  Some earn their hero status by wearing a smile while exuding leadership qualities like passion, kindness, commitment and courage.

LakewoodAlive proudly announces community leaders Cindy Friedmann, Alix Kaufmann, Cindy Marx and Rev. Mark Thomas will serve as award honorees during Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group taking place Saturday, February 24, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple.  Each will be honored as part of the evening’s festivities in recognition of their exemplary service to LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood community.

LakewoodAlive Superheroes Unite Award Honorees

Clockwise from top left: Cindy Marx, Alix Kaufmann, Cindy Friedmann and Rev. Mark Thomas.

Tickets are now on sale for Superheroes Unite, LakewoodAlive’s annual winter fundraiser.  Guests are invited to assume their secret identities and defend the universe while enjoying a powerfully good time in a historic Downtown Lakewood venue.  This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a speeding bullet to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/Superhero.

Each member of this honoree quartet has made an indelible impact on LakewoodAlive and our community.  Friedmann, President of The Dependable Painting Company, is a lifelong Lakewood resident who has served on the LakewoodAlive board of directors since 2015.  As a community leader, Friedmann has been extremely generous with her time and resources.  She has assisted LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Program by providing free exterior paint and labor to several Lakewood homeowners in need, and she recently donated a van to LakewoodAlive for use with transporting supplies to volunteer projects throughout the community.

Kaufmann, Sales Manager for First Federal Lakewood, has been extremely active within the community since joining the Lakewood-based bank in 2012.  A member of both the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Kaufmann has helped spearhead planning for various community events, including the popular Lakewood Chocolate Walk.  She also plays an important role in coordinating volunteer opportunities with LakewoodAlive on behalf of First Federal Lakewood.

Marx, a longtime Lakewood resident and businessperson, recently completed a four-year term as an At-Large Member of the Lakewood City Council, during which her commendable service included representation on the Grow Lakewood Committee, Citizens Advisory Committee and Lakewood Loan Approval Board.  Marx champions many community-vibrancy issues and has generously volunteered her time with LakewoodAlive.  She also serves on the Beck Center for the Arts’ Community Outreach Committee.

Rev. Thomas has served in a leadership role at Lakewood Congregational Church since 2004.  His church’s diverse contributions to the Lakewood community range from offering free children and youth programs to supporting charitable causes combatting homelessness to providing a venue for LakewoodAlive to host community forums.  Rev. Thomas is preparing to retire and his longtime generosity and commitment to our community will not soon be forgotten.

Superhero Flying Over Lakewood

Tickets for “Superheroes Unite” are on sale now. (Photo Credit: Aerial Agents – www.aerialagents.com)

“We are thrilled to be able to recognize Cindy, Alix, Cindy and Mark for their incredible contributions, not only to LakewoodAlive, but to the entire Lakewood community,” said Ian Andrews, LakewoodAlive Executive Director.  “These community leaders have truly served heroic roles within our city and we are grateful for all that they do.”

Superheroes Unite will feature superhero-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment.  Attendees will be flying high to consume festive foods from the “Truth, Justice and the Lakewood Way” food stations, sample a Kryptonite Cocktail, enjoy music and partake in games and activities fit for a true superhero.

Proceeds from Superheroes Unite will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.  Much like heroes, we at LakewoodAlive are ordinary people who work with the wonderful residents of Lakewood to accomplish extraordinary feats.

More details regarding Superheroes Unite will be unveiled in the coming weeks.  For ongoing updates, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Superhero.

About LakewoodAlive
Not all heroes wear capes.  At LakewoodAlive we don’t possess superhuman powers, yet we strive to serve a heroic role in the lives of Lakewood residents in need through our Housing Outreach Program.  Our villain is anything that stands in the way of community vibrancy.  The 5.5 square miles comprising Lakewood is our Gotham City, and we take our duties very seriously.  In the immortal words of Wolverine, we aim to be “the best there is at what we do.”

Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor
Cleveland Property Management Group

Platinum Sponsors
First Federal Lakewood
OnPoint

Gold Sponsors
Citizens Bank
Cleveland Home Title
Third Federal Savings & Loan

Silver Sponsors
CLEAResult
Cox Communications
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty
Erie Design
Geiger’s
Heidelberg Distributing Company
Jen Hearn Photography
Lakewood Masonic Temple
Lanter Legal
Lion and Blue
NetworkinGuys
Regency Construction Services
Ride + Workout
Rockport Wealth Advisors
Scalish Construction
Slife Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Sentry Protection Products
Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg

Neighborhood Sponsor
Cindy & Tim Friedmann

LakewoodAlive Seeks Event and Volunteer Coordinator

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LakewoodAlive

Update: The application period for this job posting has closed.

Lakewood’s nonprofit community development organization seeks an Event and Volunteer Coordinator to join our team.  With a dedicated staff and incredible volunteers, LakewoodAlive is a high-performing organization whose mission is to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.

Send a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. on January 22, 2018 to Executive Director Ian Andrews via mail or email. No phone calls, please.

LakewoodAlive
14701 Detroit Avenue #LL10
Lakewood, OH 44107
iandrews@lakewoodalive.org

Holy Superhero Party, Batman! Tickets Now On Sale for “Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite”

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Secure Your Tickets Now for LakewoodAlive’s Heroic Fundraising Event on Feb. 24

Not feeling super about the onset of winter?  We have a heroically perfect remedy for you.  Get ready to rid yourself of cold-weather blues by donning your favorite cape and superhero shoes.

Tickets are now on sale for Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite, LakewoodAlive’s annual winter fundraiser taking place Saturday, February 24, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple.  Guests are invited to assume their secret identities and defend the universe while enjoying a powerfully good time in a historic Downtown Lakewood venue.  Sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group, Superheroes Unite is a limited-capacity event that’s expected to sell out, so act faster than a speeding bullet to secure your tickets by visiting LakewoodAlive.org/Superhero.

Superheroes Unite Tickets On Sale

Tickets are on sale now for Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite

Superheroes Unite will feature superhero-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment.  Attendees will be flying high to consume festive foods from the “Truth, Justice and the Lakewood Way” food stations, sample a Kryptonite Cocktail, enjoy music and partake in games and activities fit for a true superhero.

A $100 VIP ticket includes all General Admission ticket offerings plus early entrance at 6:30 p.m., open bar for the first hour, two drink tickets, a special VIP menu, a free limited-edition Superheroes Unite t-shirt and access to a complimentary caricature artist.

A $50 General Admission ticket gains you entrance to the Lakewood Masonic Temple at 7:30 p.m., where you’ll receive unlimited food, one drink ticket, the ability to purchase a limited-edition Superheroes Unite t-shirt and access to all the superhero-inspired fun, including games, a contest and special visitors.

No matter which option you choose, you’ll be fighting crime while having a great time.  Attending superheroes are urged to don their cape, web-shooters and tights for one of those memorable LakewoodAlive nights.  Bravery, alter egos and superhuman strength are strongly encouraged.  Feel free to show your courage and dress as someone who represents an honorable hero within your own life.

Superheroes Unite Tickets On Sale

Proceeds from Superheroes Unite will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.  Much like heroes, we at LakewoodAlive are ordinary people who work with the wonderful residents of Lakewood to accomplish extraordinary feats.

More details regarding Superheroes Unite will be unveiled in the coming weeks.  For ongoing updates, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Superhero.

About LakewoodAlive
Not all heroes wear capes.  At LakewoodAlive we don’t possess superhuman powers, yet we strive to serve a heroic role in the lives of Lakewood residents in need through our Housing Outreach Program.  Our villain is anything that stands in the way of community vibrancy.  The 5.5 square miles comprising Lakewood is our Gotham City, and we take our duties very seriously.  In the immortal words of Wolverine, we aim to be “the best there is at what we do.”

Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor
Cleveland Property Management Group

Platinum Sponsors
First Federal Lakewood
OnPoint

Gold Sponsors
Citizens Bank
Cleveland Home Title
Third Federal Savings & Loan

Silver Sponsors
CLEAResult
Cox Communications
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty
Erie Design
Geiger’s
Heidelberg Distributing Company
Jen Hearn Photography
Lakewood Masonic Temple
Lanter Legal
Lion and Blue
NetworkinGuys
Regency Construction Services
Ride + Workout
Rockport Wealth Advisors
Scalish Construction
Slife Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Sentry Protection Products
Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg

Neighborhood Sponsor
Cindy & Tim Friedmann

LakewoodAlive’s “A Team” Volunteers Build Porches, Camaraderie

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Everybody’s working for the weekend…that is, everybody except for members of LakewoodAlive’s most experienced team of volunteers.  The weekend, after all, is when this ultra-dedicated group springs to action.

LakewoodAlive A Team

A Team members (from left to right) Aaron Cooper, Dana Paul, Jim Hayes and Carl Orban pose while repairing a front porch on Dowd Avenue.

Lakewood residents Aaron Cooper, Jeff Davis, Jim Hayes, Carl Orban and Dana Paul comprise the all-star squad of volunteers known as the “A Team.”  This quintet spends various Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year tackling major volunteer housing projects on behalf of the LakewoodAlive Housing Outreach Program.

Although they vary in age (ranging from early-thirties to upper-sixties) and employment (ranging from corporate professionals to retirees), all five members of the A Team share two distinct traits: A general level of expertise with building projects and a strong desire to use their talents to help fellow community members in need.

2017 proved a banner year for the A Team.  Not only did this volunteer group gain two new members (Davis and Hayes), but it also soared to new heights with its volunteering productivity.  This year saw the A Team complete three major volunteer housing projects, accumulating 312 total volunteer hours and generating $11,445 worth of economic impact for homeowners within our community.

LakewoodAlive A Team

A Team members (from left to right) Carl Orban, Jim Hayes, Aaron Cooper and Jeff Davis work on reconstructing a two-story porch on Elmwood Avenue.

“I don’t like to just sit around and I don’t play golf – this is what I Iike to do,” said Orban, a retired engineer.  “It’s really a wonderful team, and the key word is ‘team.’  We all speak the same language and we take a great deal of pride in helping other people.  We’ve been known to drive our spouses by the houses where we complete projects to show off our work.”

The year began with the A Team completing a two-story porch replacement they started last fall.  Thanks to their efforts, an elderly resident on Elmwood Avenue has seen her once-unsafe rear entranceway transform into a newly-designed porch.

When this resident was referred to LakewoodAlive by the City of Lakewood’s Building Department due to the poor condition of her rear porch, the A Team agreed to tackle this challenging project.  The resident was presented with an opportunity to have her porch reconstructed through LakewoodAlive’s 80/20 Volunteer Project Supply Fund, whereby the homeowner pays 20 percent of the project cost and LakewoodAlive covers the remaining 80 percent using funding provided by First Federal Lakewood.  The labor was completed free-of-charge.

LakewoodAlive A Team

Equipped with design assistance courtesy of LakewoodAlive board member Jim “JP” Ptacek, the A Team set about tearing down the unsafe porch and constructing a new two-story porch.  This process entailed everything from crafting a porch design and obtaining a building permit to digging a foundation and constructing two separate levels of the porch.

For Hayes and Davis, the Elmwood Avenue porch reconstruction project marked their indoctrination into the A Team.

“My wife and I had downsized to a townhome so I no longer needed to get as much done around my own house and I wanted to do more to give back,” said Hayes.  “This is exactly what I was looking for, where you can build something tangible that makes a difference in someone’s life.  And the people on the A Team are phenomenal – I really enjoy working with them and learning from them.”

LakewoodAlive A Team

A Team members (from left to right) Jeff Davis, Aaron Cooper and Dana Paul join forces on a step replacement project on Lakewood Avenue.

Following the Elmwood Avenue porch reconstruction project, the A Team completed two additional projects that were less time-intensive yet made significant impacts on the lives of their respective homeowners.  A project on Lakewood Avenue resulted in a step replacement, while a project on Dowd Avenue in Lakewood’s Historic Birdtown Neighborhood involved repairing a grateful homeowner’s front porch.

Despite the large volunteer workload, members of the A Team also made time on two occasions during 2017 to host get-togethers to celebrate their successful projects and meet each other’s families.

“This group of people, we not only volunteer and help people out, we have fun doing it,” said Cooper.  “It’s just a really fun group and it’s an honor to be a part of this team.”

 

A Team Member Profiles

Name: Aaron Cooper
Age:
40
Lakewood Residence:
French Avenue
Hometown:
Lakewood
Occupation:
Water Meter Maintenance

LakewoodAlive A Team

A Team members (from left to right) Jeff Davis, Dana Paul, Jim Hayes and Carl Orban construct the second level of the porch at Elmwood Avenue.

Name: Jeff Davis
Age: 31
Lakewood Residence:
Carabel Avenue
Hometown:
Rocky River
Occupation:
Sales & Marketing

Name: Jim Hayes
Age:
62
Lakewood Residence:
McKinley Place
Hometown:
Cleveland
Occupation:
Retired

Name: Carl Orban
Age:
67
Lakewood Residence:
Lake Avenue
Hometown:
Lakewood
Occupation:
Retired

Name: Dana Paul
Age:
57
Lakewood Residence:
Kenneth Drive
Hometown:
Westlake
Occupation:
Construction Project Manager

 

LakewoodAlive A Team          LakewoodAlive A Team

LakewoodAlive Spearheads Downtown Lakewood Bench and Waste Receptacle Program

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Collaboration Results in Placement of 17 Benches and 12 Waste Receptacles

Dashing through the snow to Downtown Lakewood this holiday season?  You may notice some new public amenities.

Downtown Lakewood Bench and Waste Receptacle Program

This bench, sponsored by lion and blue, provides a resting spot along Detroit Avenue.

A collaborative effort led by LakewoodAlive’s Design Committee resulted in the placement of 17 benches and 12 waste receptacles within Lakewood’s downtown district, which extends along the Detroit Avenue commercial corridor from Bunts Road to Arthur Avenue.  The collaboration involved the City of Lakewood, Lakewood residents, local businesses and civic organizations, as well as LakewoodAlive’s merchant association, the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance.

The initiative originated nearly five years ago when an elderly resident of the Westerly Apartments in Downtown Lakewood expressed a need for a place to stop and rest during her regular walks from her home to Cleveland Clinic Lakewood for treatment.  A partnership between the City of Lakewood and LakewoodAlive soon followed to seek a solution.

After LakewoodAlive’s Design Committee conducted a survey to identify appropriate locations for the placement of new benches, the City of Lakewood launched a pilot program, installing six benches and monitoring their usage.  The pilot results warranted the installation of 11 additional benches strategically placed throughout the downtown district.

Downtown Lakewood Bench and Waste Receptacle Program

A dozen additional waste receptacles are now located within Downtown Lakewood

Concurrently with this project, LakewoodAlive joined forces with the City of Lakewood’s Division of Refuse and Recycling to address a shortage of waste receptacles within Downtown Lakewood.  This partnership resulted in the addition of 12 waste receptacles to fill in coverage gaps, with the possibility to add even more in 2018.

Whereas the City of Lakewood paid for the waste receptacles, the benches were primarily funded by sponsors, with the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance covering the remainder of the cost.  The family of the Westerly Apartments resident who voiced a need for more benches ultimately sponsored two benches.  Although this resident is now deceased, LakewoodAlive hopes to host a dedication in her honor when her out-of-town family visits Lakewood during 2018.

“This all started when a resident raised awareness about the need for more benches, and now we have these additional public amenities that are pedestrian-friendly and contribute to the welcoming atmosphere of our downtown district,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive.  “The Downtown Lakewood Bench and Waste Receptacle Program is just one of many success stories we’ve enjoyed this year, yet it’s significant in that it represents a unique collaboration between a city, a nonprofit, merchants and civic organizations to fulfill a need and enhance our city’s vibrancy.”

LakewoodAlive thanks the following businesses, individuals and organizations for their sponsorship of the recently-installed benches: Curt Brosky/Westerly Apartments (2), Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance, the family of Blythe Gehring, Kiwanis Club of Lakewood (2), lion and blue, Rotary Lakewood-Rocky River Sunrise Club and Tamara Racin & Tom Mohney (2).

Downtown Lakewood Bench and Waste Receptacle Program

This bench honors the memory of the late resident of the Westerly Apartments who raised awareness regarding the need for additional benches in Downtown Lakewood.

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