WRHS celebration helps benefit entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Western Reserve Historical Society will celebrate the longstanding entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit embodied in Northeast Ohio with the annual 100 Year Club recognition dinner on Dec. 5.

The event celebrates Entrepreneurship Past, Present and Future in Northeast Ohio with proceeds benefiting the WRHS Youth Entrepreneurship Education programs.

If you were to step into the Cleveland History Center and Hale Farm & Village on any given school day, you would find students investigating the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs by examining advertisements, letters, photographs and articles pulled from the WRHS archives and museum collection.

These Entrepreneurs-in-Training are participants in the Youth Entrepreneurship Education program that WRHS and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has created with a lead gift from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

YEE is a continuum of place-based economic experiences that build upon one another for students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. It is anticipated that this academic year, the program will serve more than 10,000 students out of the 35,000 total students that will participate in a WRHS curriculum-based program.

These students learn the benefits of an entrepreneurial mindset in all facets of life: innovation, creativity, problem-solving and sense of self.

The 100 Year Club annual dinner features an induction ceremony that honors organizations that have been in continuous operation for 100 years or longer, highlighting the histories of each. This year’s honorees include:
Celebrating 100 years:

  Amer Insurance
■  BakerHostetler
■  Call & Post
■  Christ Child Society
■  International Services Center
■  Kottler Metal Products Inc.
■  The J.M. Smucker Co.
■  Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
■  Oatey
Celebrating 150 Years
■  The Sherwin-Williams Co.
■  University Hospitals

The dinner is open to anyone who wishes to celebrate the accomplishments of existing 100 Year Club members and new inductees, and to support the budding entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The 2016 keynote presentation will be a moderated conversation between the leaders of two companies honored this year for their sesquicentennial — Christopher M. Connor, executive chairman of The Sherwin-Williams Co. and Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of University Hospitals. Deborah D. Hoover, president and CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, will moderate.

How to reach: Western Reserve Historical Society, (216) 721-5722 or www.wrhs.org

Event info: For a full list of the members and sponsors of the 100 Year Club, visit www.wrhs.org. The 100 Year Club’s annual dinner takes place Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The event benefits WRHS’s Youth Entrepreneurship Education programs. Event chair Cynthia G. Bruml is a member of the WRHS board of directors. Tickets are $150 per person and include open bar, dinner and complimentary valet parking. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone, (216) 721-5722 ext. 1404.