Why? Northeast Ohio Big Wish Gala!

Have you ever wanted to help make a child’s wish come true? Then, the Northeast Ohio Big Wish Gala to benefit Make a Wish Ohio/Kentucky/Illinois is the event for you!

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Taking place at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on Thursday, April 4, the Big Wish Gala features a cocktail hour, delicious sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions with incredible prizes, and even some special surprises.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet and hear from Wish Kids and their families, whose lives have been forever impacted by Make a Wish.

The Big Wish Gala special guest is Vanessa Bayer, Wish Kid, Emmy-nominated actress, and former Saturday Night Live star.

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In 1999, Make a Wish Ohio/Kentucky/Illinois granted Vanessa’s wish to travel to Hawaii with her family.

Tickets are currently on sale online for $400. The Big Wish Gala is a truly inspiring and impactful evening, so consider purchasing tickets today!

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Why? The First Tee of Cleveland Upcoming Events!

As Spring is finally upon us, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor activities, like golf. The First Tee of Cleveland is getting ready for spring with two great upcoming events.

On Thursday, April 4, the organization is hosting Taste of the Tee. This event is a unique partnership between four non-profits: The First Tee of Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, and the Music Settlement.

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Taste of the Tee will feature:

  • A wine tasting by Sommelier Brandon Chrostowski, Founder, President, and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
  • Culinary creations from The First Tee of Cleveland’s Fit to a Tee participants along with Tri-C Culinary Arts students
  • Music performed by The Music Settlement students

Not only will you contribute to these great non-profits, but you will have a unique opportunity to see their work in action.

Tickets are $150 per person and are available online.

Then, on Saturday, April 6, join The First Tee of Cleveland for their Spring Open House. Families are invited to attend to learn about the programs offered, meet the coaches, and participate in fun golf activities. There will also be light snacks and beverages available.

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The First Tee of Cleveland offers programs for ages 6-18 that teach life skills, healthy habits, and core values through the game of golf. The Spring Open House takes place on Saturday, April 6 from 10am-noon at all of the First Tee of Cleveland locations: Washington Park, Meadowood Golf Course, Briardale Greens Golf Course, and Windmill Golf Center.

Support not only The First Tee of Cleveland, but other non-profits, then sign up for some of the First Tee’s amazing programs. Spring is here!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the First Tee of Cleveland to help promote their upcoming events. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to Taste of the Tee. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Sesame Street Live Giveaway!

Who doesn’t love seeing their favorite characters come to life on stage right in front of their eyes? This is exactly the fun and magic your child can experience at Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! coming to the Wolstein Center on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.

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Make Your Magic! helps kids and adults alike find the magic in the everyday moments. You’ll see all your favorite characters, like Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster, and enjoy high-energy dance numbers.

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Tickets are currently on sale and start at just $15. You can also add on a Meet & Greet experience for $20 per ticket (must also purchase a show ticket). The Meet & Greet includes photo opps, a scavenger hunt, magic tricks, and more up-close experiences.

You can purchase show and Meet & Greet tickets online.

Or you can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Sesame Street Live! Meet Your Magic! on Saturday, April 6 at 6pm. Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here letting me know your child’s favorite Sesame Street character (or yours).

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

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

4. Follow @sesamestlive 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 see @sesamestlive thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/03/20/why-sesame-street-live-giveaway 

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

The giveaway will close on Sunday, March 24 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Feld Entertainment to help promote Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic! In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets to the show, as well as show swag. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cleveland Unites!

What happens when you combine Cleveland’s awesome music scene with a great non-profit cause? You get Cleveland Unites, a night of live entertainment at the Agora, hosted by the United Way of Greater Cleveland‘s Young Leaders.

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Held at the newly-renovated Agora on Saturday, April 13 from 7pm-midnight, Cleveland Unites brings together live music, networking, and philanthropy all in one event. You’ll learn more about United Way’s Young Leaders, as well as contributing through event proceeds to United Way’s efforts to give children living in poverty a better life.

Cleveland Unites is hosted by Mike Polk, Jr. and will feature music from Carlos Jones, The Sublets, DJ B, and The Whiskey Hollow.

Tickets for Cleveland Unites are currently on sale online and range from $50 to $75.

Then you can keep the fun going the next day, Sunday, April 14. Head to brunch at Lago East Bank between 11am and 3pm and a portion of the proceeds will benefit United Way of Greater Cleveland.

Cleveland comes together in music and fun for a great cause with Cleveland Unites! Don’t miss out!

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Why? Engage Cleveland Next Generation of Women!

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, what better time to bring together female young professionals with role models and mentors for a day of conversation, learning, and networking?

Engage! Cleveland is proud to present the second annual Next Generation of Women, presented by The Sherwin-Williams Company. This forum is crafted to women in their 20’s and 30’s who are navigating career and personal life issues by providing real, helpful advice from notable women across a variety of professions.

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Speakers and topics for Next Generation of Women include:

Cathy Belk, President, JumpStart Inc. – How to REALLY Network

Margaret Bernstein, Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC Channel 3 – What Happens Outside of the Workplace

Jennifer CohenSenior Vice President, Leadership Development, Ratliff & Taylor – Being Authentic: Leading with Your Own Personality Style

Emily DrakePartner, Fairport Asset Management – Charting a Course: A Financial Guide for Women

Janice G. Murphy, Senior Vice President of Mission and Ministry, Sisters of Charity Health System – Caring for Your Whole Self

The event takes place on Thursday, March 28 from 11am – 4:30pm at Stillwater Place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Tickets are $75 for the general public and $60 for employer members. Tickets can be purchased online.

Engage! Cleveland has established itself as a great resource for young professionals in Cleveland, connecting them with not only volunteer and civic groups, but career advancement and development programs, too. This is a wonderful opportunity for a day of learning and connection!

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Why? Kelly Clarkson Giveaway!

There are certain artists who will always make me turn up the volume and sing and dance until I embarrass Jeffrey. Kelly Clarkson is one of those artists. I’ve seen her in concert and she is fun, talented, high-energy, and also incredibly down-to-earth.

Kelly Clarkson is bringing her “Meaning of Life” tour to Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday, March 21 at 7pm.

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You’ll hear music from Kelly’s latest album, “Meaning of Life,” as well as the hits that you know and love. Kelly is joined on tour by Kelsea Ballerini and last season’s winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” Brynn Cartelli. This is sure to be an amazing night packed with fabulous female voices!

Tickets are currently available online. Or you can enter to win two tickets to the March 21 show at Quicken Loans Arena right here!

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

1.Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Kelly Clarkson song.

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

3. Follow @kelly_clarkson 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 win tickets to see @kelly_clarkson at @theqarena from @WhyCLE #giveaway #meaningoflifetour #liveattheq https://whycle.com/2019/03/08/why-kelly-clarkson-giveaway 

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

5. Head on over to my Instagram page for additional entries.

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, March 13 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

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Why? Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest Giveaway!

Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest to benefit Our Lady of the Wayside is one of my favorite annual fundraisers. I love a good appetizer and I love any reason to be at Progressive Field! And this year is sure to be even bigger and better, as the event celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

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Cleveland’s Finest creates a friendly chef competition between some of Cleveland’s best restaurants for who will be crowned as having the Finest Hors d’Oeuvre. The winners are voted on by attendees, who are the real winners, since we get to eat all the delicious appetizers!

The event takes place on Thursday, April 11 at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. Participating restaurants include Corleone’s Ristorante and Bar, Cleveland Chop, Punch Bowl Social, Tartine Bistro, Mallorca Restaurant, and more.

Plus, there will be desserts from Cupcake Cravings, Simply Michele’s, and Simply Elegant Catering; wine tastes; beer samples from Saucy Brew Works; live music; hosts Tim Richards, Jen Toohey, and Desiray Cross from Star 102; a silent auction with awesome prizes; and lots more foodie fun!

Tickets are $80 and all proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Wayside’s mission of supporting over 900 children and adults with developmental disabilities through a wide range of services from transportation to housing to employment.

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Tickets are available online or you can enter to win two tickets to the event right here! Here’s how to enter:

1.Leave a comment here letting me know which participating restaurant‘s hors d’oeuvre you’re most excited to sample.

2. Head over to my Instagram page at @whycle for more ways to win!

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

***Disclosure: I was asked by Our Lady of the Wayside to help promote Cleveland’s Finest Hors d’Oeuvre Contest. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Broadway in CLE!

The line-up for the 2019-2020 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square has been announced! From music and stories we all know and love, to new tales that will tug at your heart, this upcoming season has something for everyone.

Here’s what’s coming and when:

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical tells the behind-the-music story of the Disco Queen, with a score featuring more than 20 of her greatest hits.

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See it October 8-27, 2019.

The Band’s Visit, winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this show tells the story of a band of Egyptian musicians who wind up in the wrong town and find their lives changed by the locals.

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See it November 5-24, 2019.

Mean Girls is so fetch! You probably know the movie, but you’ll love seeing it come to life in song and dance on stage!

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See it December 3-22, 2019.

Anastasia will take you on a journey to the past, from the fall of the Russian Empire to Paris in the 1920’s, as Anya struggles to find home, love, and family.

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See it February 4-23, 2020.

Jesus Christ Superstar celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, as a rock opera that started as a record album and went on to shake up the theatrical world. With rock songs that tell a story as old as time, this show is sure to stir your soul.

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See it March 10-29, 2020.

My Fair Lady is a revival of the classic story of Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins, with gorgeous costumes, set, and songs to transport you to London in 1912 and make you able to dance all night.

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See it April 28-May 17, 2020.

Disney’s Frozen brings what Disney does best together with what Broadway does best to tell the beloved tale of Elsa and Anna in spectacular visual format.

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See it July 15-August 16, 2020.

Season ticket packages are currently on sale online. Cleveland boasts the largest touring Broadway season ticket holder base in the country, with 46,000 season ticket holders! This is the best way to secure your seats for all these amazing shows and be a part of Broadway in CLE!

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Why? Tails and Cocktails!

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the animals, educational programs, and research being done both at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and beyond?

The Cleveland Zoological Society is launching a new speaker series called Tails and Cocktails that brings together experts from the Zoo and the Northeast Ohio community with, well, you for a fun and educational evening. Each event includes small bites, cocktails, and a speaker, themed on a certain subject.

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The first Tails and Cocktails takes place on Wednesday, March 20 from 6-8pm at the Zoo. The subject is “Gut Reaction.” The talk focuses on how scientists are working with sloth bear and orangutan diets to animal welfare and health, and how to apply these findings to human diets.

The speaker for Gut Reaction is Andrew Loudon, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Science Research Fellow. Guests will enjoy fermented food and drinks provided by Spice Kitchen and Bar and Terrestrial Brewing.

The other events in the Tails and Cocktails series are:

Tickets for each Tails and Cocktails event are $10 for Zoo members and $15 for the general public. You can purchase tickets online.

This fun and educational speaker series is a great chance to learn more about the work being done at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and its applications to our own lives, while enjoying cocktails and food and a relaxing evening out.

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Tails and Cocktails. In exchange, I will receive complimentary tickets to two of the Tails and Cocktails events. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week Bring on the All Stars!

We all know that there are tons of great restaurants in Downtown Cleveland and that this summer Cleveland is hosting the MLB All Star Game. So, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance combined these two things for their Restaurant Week kick-off event, entitled Bring on the All Stars.

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This 4th annual Restaurant Week kick-off event will be held on Thursday, February 28 from 5-7pm at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade. You will be able to sample dishes from over 20 restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, who will be competing for the Judge’s Choice Award that night.

There will also be live cooking demonstrations from restaurants like Adega, Johnny’s Downtown, and Hodge’s; Cleveland sports mascot appearances; a DJ; and fun giveaways.

Participating restaurants in the Bring on the All Stars kick-off event include Blue Point Grille, Luca Italian Cuisine, Pizza 216, and Southern Tier Brewing Company. Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants and a schedule of cooking demos.

Tickets are currently on sale for $35 early bird admission through this Friday, February 22 (the price goes up to $45 after that). You can also purchase VIP tickets for $100 for 1 ticket or $150 for 2 tickets. VIP admission includes valet parking, open bar, access to the VIP Lounge at the event, and access to the Jack Casino Library Lounge after the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

This is the perfect way to help narrow your choices for where to eat during Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week (happening March 1-10) and enjoying the All Star food and fun that downtown has to offer!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary general admission tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my  own.***

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