Our community swung for the fences and delivered a celebration befitting a championship-caliber city.
LakewoodAlive hosted Loving Lakewood: All-Stars sponsored by Cleveland Property Management Group on Saturday night, February 22, at the Lakewood Masonic Temple, drawing a sellout crowd of 230 jersey-clad guests to party in the name of community vibrancy. Proceeds from this sports-themed fundraising event will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.
Guests entering the Lakewood Masonic Temple’s ballroom were treated to a transformation of the historic building’s interior into a full-fledged sports arena. The lobby featured a vintage locker room and the stage sported an elaborate scoreboard with signage proclaiming “LakewoodAlive Field.” Championship banners hung from the walls displaying four pillars of LakewoodAlive’s mission – Housing Outreach, Community Events, Thriving Commercial Corridors and Vibrant Neighborhoods.
As they enjoyed sports-inspired refreshments courtesy of Karen King Catering and ice cream from Trikeable Treats, guests partook in games like pop-a-shot basketball and miniature golf. They were greeted by a surprise mini-concert from 30 members of the Lakewood High School Marching Band and Cheerleading Squad, as well as an impressive performance from volunteers Dan Folino and Erin Wereb as the “Spartan Cheerleaders” of Saturday Night Live fame. A “Kiss Cam” offered guests an opportunity for a public smooch broadcast live on a makeshift jumbo-tron.
During the program, LakewoodAlive board member Michael Bentley was honored with the 2020 Founders Award – and given a congratulatory confetti shower – for making an indelible impact on our organization. Fellow community leaders Robert Brill, Heather Rudge, Ryan Sheldon & Brittany Graham, Eric Stephens and Michael Summers were also celebrated as award honorees for their uniquely exceptional contributions to LakewoodAlive, with each recipient receiving a sports trophy.
The live auction saw lucky winners claim prizes ranging from sporting event tickets and a Lakewood Tool Box membership to a porch party at Rozi’s Wine House and a soap making class at STEM Handmade Soap. The “Playing by the Jewels” raffle featured a stunning necklace and wristwatch courtesy of Lion and Blue.
LakewoodAlive thanks the many volunteers who contributed to this fundraising event, especially the following members of the Loving Lakewood: All-Stars Committee for their tireless efforts: Julie Warren (chair), Michael Bentley, Mary Bond, Tim Dewald, Kelly Florian, Darren Toms, Missy Toms and Shawn Warren.
“Our amazing team of volunteers, led by Julie Warren, was instrumental in making Loving Lakewood: All-Stars a successful fundraising event for our organization,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing & Internal Operations Director. “From volunteers to sponsors to attendees, we really can’t say enough about the outstanding support we receive from our community.”
Community vibrancy is the ultimate team game. At LakewoodAlive our athletic ability is limited, yet we serve a vital role in the lives of Lakewood residents in need through our Housing Outreach Program. We’re in a league of our own when it comes to having the heart, hustle and teamwork to foster vibrant neighborhoods in our city. The 5.5 square miles comprising Lakewood is our ballpark, and we take our championship aspirations very seriously. As legendary football coach George Halas once said, “Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it.”
Loving Lakewood: All-Stars is generously supported by the following sponsors:
G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time) Sponsor
Cleveland Property Management Group
Lion and Blue