Harvest for Hunger 1998 raised more than 3 million pounds of food in this year's campaign, an increase of 10 percent over last year. Nearly 270 companies in Cuyahoga County participated in food drives to support the cause, said Co-chair Gifford M. Brown, site manager, Ford Motor Co. The food will be distributed to 150 hunger centers throughout Northeast Ohio.
Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Wayne Embry was named the honorary chairman of the Arthritis Foundation's 50th Anniversary campaign. The foundation has also retained Bomba, O'Neil & Co. as public relations consultants. With UAB Productions and Wyse Advertising, the Foundation has created a series of 14 10-second television public service announcements which will illustrate the issues surrounding arthritis. For information about 50th anniversary events call (216) 831-7000 ext. 114.
The Women Business Owners Fund, the foundation arm of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Cleveland chapter, presented academic scholarships to Lakesha A. Walton and Rebecca Sue Veverka and the Jack Bares Educational Award to Cheryl Grassi, owner of We'll Remember Co.
The board of trustees for the Saint Ann Foundation announced the award of $737,920 in grants ranging from $4,500 to $50,000 to 40 agencies and organizations throughout Northeastern Ohio.
United Way volunteers from the small business community gave time and effort to paint, plant and fix up a local United Way agency. More than 30 volunteers and their families spent an afternoon sprucing up the facilities of Camp Cheerful, the summer day camp for children with disabilities. The camp is run by the Achievement Centers for Children.
Hunger relief organizations in Cleveland have received over $80,000 raised during the 11th Annual Taste of the Nation food and wine tasting benefit hosted by the Greater Cleveland Restaurant Association.