Category Archives: Charity

Why? Jump Back Ball Tickets!

It’s that time of year again…that magical time when our thoughts turn to an upcoming winter event that always gets everyone so excited. No, not Christmas! Playhouse Square Jump Back Ball! JBB, as it’s come to be known, is always one of the hottest parties of the year and a fabulous fundraiser for one of Cleveland’s greatest treasures: Playhouse Square.

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This year promises to be even bigger and better, as Playhouse Square Partners celebrates its 25th anniversary and the 25th Jump Back Ball. The theme is “Jump Back Under the Big Top: The Greatest Party on Earth,” which will transport guests back to a vintage, glamorous circus era. The theme for Jump Back Ball provides a jumping off point (haha) for the fabulous decorations and activities that will fill the State Theatre that night.

Jump Back Ball takes place on Saturday, February 27. The VIP reception is at 6pm, followed by a VIP sit-down dinner in the Connor Palace Theatre (this is a change  from last year and definitely sweetens the VIP ticket deal). At 8pm, general admission guests will be served a buffet dinner on the State Theatre stage. At 9pm, RadioActive take the State Theatre stage for dancing galore. Then move on out to the State Theatre lobby at 11pm to enjoy more music from The Sunrise Jones.

As a change from previous years, there will not be a ticket kick-off event. Rather, you’ll be able to purchase tickets online and via telephone starting on designated dates for Partners and non-Partners. To take advantage of the Partners early ticketing and special pricing (as well as all the other great benefits of membership), all you need to do is join Partners at the $100 or above level.

Here are all the ticketing details:

Partners Pre-Sale – November 9-15

$130 Partners general admission (Contributing & Supporting Partners, limit 2; Bronze & higher Partners, limit 4)

$250 VIP Party

Call 216-640-8425 or visit online

Public on Sale – November 16

$155 Partners general admission

$165 Non-Partners general admission (200 tickets available at this level)

$250 VIP Party

Call 216-241-6000 or visit online

Stay tuned for more details on the Greatest Party on Earth as we head toward the 25th annual Jump Back Ball! But, be sure to get your tickets quickly, as this event is sure to be another sell out and you don’t want to miss it!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Playhouse Square to help promote Jump Back Ball. In exchange, I will receive one complimentary ticket when I purchase one ticket of equal value. Also, I am a member of the Board and Co-Chair of the Education Committee of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Put on Your Boogie Shoes Giveaway!

Want a fun way to celebrate Halloween while benefiting a great cause? Well, then Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes and head to Music Box Supper Club on Friday, October 30.

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This event is put on by Charles Bowlus Charities. Charles Bowlus Charities was established in memory of Charles Bowlus, CEO and founder of ECRM, who passed away in August, 2011 from lung cancer, with the intent of keeping Charlie’s philanthropy alive. Its mission is to provide support for local organizations, who assist those individuals and families dealing with cancer, health & wellness, women, and children.

The beneficiary of this year’s Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes is Providence House, which fights to end child abuse and neglect by protecting at-risk children, empowering families in crisis and building safer communities for every child.

Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes will be a fun Halloween party with live music from RadioActive, food, beer, wine, raffles and silent auctions, and costumes galore. General admission tickets are $85 and include a beer and wine bar and food. VIP tickets are $125 and include the above, plus liquor, valet parking, and VIP section access. You can purchase tickets online.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me what costume you would wear to Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes.

2. Visit Charles Bowlus Charities and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @cbcharities on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

4. Follow @CBowlusCharity and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to Put on my BOO-gie Shoes to benefit @CBowlusCharity and @provhouseCLE thanks to @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-2wr #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Monday, October 26 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Charles Bowlus Charities to help promote Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes. In exchange, I will receive 2 general admission tickets to give away. I declined my own 2 general admission tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Secondhand Mutts Muttsquerade Giveaway!

Most of you know I’m a #crazydoglady and rescuing pups is a cause near and dear to my heart. Secondhand Mutts is an awesome Cleveland-based organization that focuses on placing shy dogs into loving and forever homes. Secondhand Mutts takes in dogs from high-kill shelters, other rescue organizations, or owners who can no longer keep the pups. Then Secondhand Mutts works to find these sweet dogs their forever homes.

This Halloween, Secondhand Mutts is hosting a Muttsquerade fundraiser to help raise money to support their great work. On Saturday, October 31 at 8pm, head to the Music Box Supper Club to enjoy an evening of live music from Gram Parsons Tribute and the New Soft Shoe with Jay Patrick Poland & Friends.

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Admission is $10 and you are also encouraged to bring a trick-or-treat for a pup in need (check out the donation list for needed items). You can purchase tickets online.

Or you can enter to win two tickets right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Check out Secondhand Mutts list of adoptable pups and leave a comment here telling me which one pulls at your heartstrings the most.

2. Visit Secondhand Mutts and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @SecondhandMutts and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend the Muttsquerade at @musicboxcle to benefit @SecondhandMutts thanks to @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-2w3 #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Monday, October 19 at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Secondhand Mutts’ Muttsquerade. In exchange, I will receive 2 tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? L’Amour du Vin!

Last night, Matthew and I got a sampling of some of the west side’s finest restaurants at L’Amour du Vin to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio, Great Lakes Region. Here’s some of what we loved:

The chicken paprikash from Hub 55

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The ribs and pulled pork from Parker’s Grille and Tavern

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The deconstructed stuffed peppers and Bahn Mi sliders from Heck’s Cafe

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The duck crostini from Manna Food Truck (also the chit-chat…nicest folks ever!)

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The sweets from Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery, Little Devil Cupcakery (churro cupcakes, what?), and more

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The silent auction items. I can’t decide whether I would more want a portrait of Tobey or Omar Vizquel hanging in my house…

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The VIP specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman. The punch could actually make me like bourbon!

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It was a full sensory experience and we had a wonderful evening, as always! Up next for the Arthritis Foundation is the Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Sunday, December 13 at Legacy Village. This is a really fun, family-friendly event! Click here for more information and to register.

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote L’Amour du Vin. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? GatherPalooza Giveaway!

If there’s one thing Cleveland knows, it’s rock ‘n roll! Which is why GatherPalooza is sure to be a rockin’ night to raise money for The Gathering Place.

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On Saturday, October 17, Grays Armory in Cleveland will host an epic battle of the bands, all to celebrate The Gathering Place’s 15th anniversary and help continue its mission of providing completely free services that support emotional, physical, spiritual, and social needs of those touched by cancer.

The bands for the evening are Faith & Whiskey, Skin & Bones, The Nerve, and 80-HD. All the bands are made up of Cleveland-area professionals in law, health care, and medicine, who are ready to put aside their serious day jobs to play some serious rock ‘n roll.

There will also be a raffle for a package containing admission, roundtrip flight and hotel stay for two for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City. You can purchase raffle tickets now for $25 per ticket (or 5 tickets for $100) and do not need to be present to win.

Tickets for GatherPalooza are $75 for general admission, which includes food and 2 drink tickets, and $150 for VIP admission, which includes food, open bar, table seating, and valet parking. You can purchase tickets online.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me which GatherPalooza band you’re most excited to hear.

2. Visit The Gathering Place and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @thegatheringplace_tgp on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following.

4. Follow @touchedbycancer and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to rock at #GatherPalooza to support @touchedbycancer thanks to @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-2vd #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, October 4 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote GatherPalooza. In exchange, I will receive 2 general admission tickets to give away. I declined my own 2 general admission tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? L’Amour du Vin Giveaway!

There are a lot of food and wine events in Cleveland and each one usually is able to find a “hook” to make them stand out in the crowd. The Arthritis Foundation‘s L’Amour du Vin fundraiser has found that hook by presenting food from some of the tastiest restaurants in Lorain County and Cleveland’s West Side.

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The restaurants featured at L’Amour du Vin are often different than the ones you encounter at other food and wine events and you just might find a new favorite in the mix. There will also be live music, a VIP lounge, raffles, and a silent auction with wonderful prizes.

Plus, as the name suggests, there will be plenty of delicious wine to sample throughout the evening. All of this food and fun benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio, which serves more than 1.3 million Northeast Ohioans suffering from arthritis.

L’Amour du Vin takes place on Thursday, October 8 at the Avon Oaks Country Club. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $95 for VIP admission and can be purchased online. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment telling me your favorite type of wine.

2. Visit The Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio Chapter and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @ArthritisFouNEO and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend #LAmourduVin to benefit @ArthritisFouNEO thanks to @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-2v9 #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Friday, October 2 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help promote L’Amour du Vin. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taste of the Browns!

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Welcome, food fans to the main event! A gastronomical gridiron, if you will. Of course, I’m talking about Taste of the Browns to benefit the Greater Cleveland Foodbank. The scene is set before the fans even enter the stadium.

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Foodie fans were treated to quite the display of culinary talent. Johnny’s Downtown and Fleming’s Steakhouse double-teamed with meat offerings like lamb chops and steak.

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The Greenhouse Tavern was on a hot streak with the spicy goodness of fried chicken and Corleone’s followed suit with a spicy scallop with chorizo.

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Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar and Humble Wine Bar proved that, much like the Mannings, brother (restaurants) can both perform in the pros.

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Taste touchdowns were scored by Lago with braised wagyu, Pier W because lobster will always score, Butcher and the Brewer with sausage mac ‘n cheese, and Fahrenheit with a shrimp and brie pizza.

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The “Special Teams” in VIP also played strong, particularly Cleveland Chop‘s chilled pumpkin soup and steak and asparagus “roll-up.”

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Restore Cold Pressed‘s brave Hail Mary pass of detox juice had the crowd going wild!

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There was certainly celebrations in the stands and on the sidelines for this amazing display of culinary prowess.

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But the winner of this game was the Greater Cleveland Foodbank and the many people over six counties served by the Foodbank’s programs.

The anticipation is already building for next year’s Taste of the Browns, the Pro-Bowl of Cleveland food!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary media tickets to the event. As always, all opinions, as well as the perhaps three sports-related phrases I know, are 100% my own.***

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Why? Chefs Unbridled!

Saturday night, I spent my birthday evening at one of my favorite fundraisers, Chefs Unbridled, with some of my favorite chefs. In the spirit of the Emmy Awards that just aired (and the fact that we walked into the event on a red carpet), I thought I’d present some of my own “awards” from the evening:

Most Creative Dish: Toast presented a creative and delicious dish

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Best Presentation: Rocky River Wine Bar‘s ahi tuna cones with creme fraiche. Not only were they tasty, they were grab-and-go, which is always nice at a food and wine event!

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Freshest: The rigatoni with lamb bolognese from Flour. They were making the pasta right on site! And somehow I missed getting a picture!

Most Fall-Like Dish: The short rib with sweet potato puree from Sanctuary. It made me ready for cool nights and warm cups of cider!

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Best Taste: A tie between Chef Scott Kuhn’s truffle Wellington and Chef Chris Hodgson’s butter-poached lobster with corn risotto. Both Driftwood Foods offerings were decadently delicious!

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Sweetest Treat: Another tie between Fire Food and Drink‘s panna cotta and Sweet! Mobile Cupcakery‘s Tri-“C” triple chocolate cupcake.

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Most Generous: While all the chefs and restaurants and sponsors showed huge generosity, Driftwood Foods takes the win here. They donated a 20-person dinner party with wine pairings to be auctioned. When two bidders both reached $12,000, Chefs Hodgson and Kuhn doubled the offer. Each $12,000 bidder won a 20-person dinner party, which doubled the amount raised for Fieldstone Farm!

Star of the Evening: Which brings me to the award for Star of the Evening. Lady G, a therapy horse at Fieldstone Farm stole the show when she entered the tent. Her gentle grace and beauty reminded us why we were all there: to help raise money to put challenged kids and adults in programs with the amazing therapy horses.

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It was a perfect evening of good food, good wine, and a good cause! Until next year, Fieldstone Farm and Chefs Unbridled…

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Veggie U Supper Club!

As I’m sure you can guess, healthy eating for children is definitely a cause near and dear to my heart. Veggie U helps foster a love of healthy eating with lessons that allow students to grow their own food and learn as it grows.

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Veggie U also has classroom programs specifically designed for children with special needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

In order to help support Veggie U’s mission, some loyal supporters are hosting a Veggie U Supper Club on Sunday, September 20 at the Emrich home in Brecksville, which will be a relaxed and intimate way to hear more about Veggie U and enjoy some delicious food. The theme is “Upscale BBQ” and guests will enjoy food prepared by Chefs Jeff Jarrett of Hub 55, Michael Lyons of Accessible Gourmet, and John Selick of Ahuja Medical Center.

Guests will also receive a bag of produce from Fresh Fork Market, recipes from the chefs, and can enter a raffle to win a Vitamix!

Tickets for the Supper Club are $75 per person and can be purchased online. Please consider going to what is sure to be one of the best backyard BBQ’s you’ve ever attended, all for a great cause!

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Why? Freshtoberfest!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to @tinktastic (Comment #2), randomly-selected winner of 2 weekend passes to the Cleveland Garlic Festival. Please check your email for details. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase one-day admission tickets online.***

We have no shortage of culinary talent in Cleveland and one of the things I love the most about that talent is how much they give back to our community. FRESHTOBERFEST is an example of this great community commitment.

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On Friday, September 18, Dee Jay Doc, Chef Brian Doyle, and Tri-C’s Hospitality Management Center will host an epic chef battle. Chefs from area restaurants such as L’Albatros, Red the Steakhouse, and Hub 55 are paired with youth gardens and compete based on best taste, presentation, and educational impact.

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You’ll get to taste the creations and cast your vote for your favorites. There will also be a concert of fresh new hip-hop songs recorded by Fresh Camp program participants.

Proceeds from the event benefit Fresh Camp, which helps motivate Cleveland youth to grow healthy food in their school and community gardens. There are three tickets levels: VIP for $50, Supporter for $25, and general admission for free. Click here to purchase tickets.

This is sure to be a fun event with a great benefit to Cleveland’s kids!

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