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

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 –

“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

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

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

Silver Sponsors
Cox Communications
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty
Erie Design
Heidelberg Distributing Company
Jen Hearn Photography
Lakewood Masonic Temple
Lanter Legal
Lion and Blue
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