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 Annual Holiday Gathering - Bo Loong
12/9/10 Annual Holiday Gathering

Each year we like to gather an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. No, it's not just techies. Media, sports, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented.

The food and atmosphere at Bo Loong at 40th and St. Clair is always terrific. The snowstorm only kept a handful of people away as more than 60 friends braved the elements.

The attendees are involved in one or more of the projects that we are involved in such as:

  • Computers Assisting People (CAP) Inc. which has refurbished and donated over 15,000 PCs to 425 schools and non-profits in Cleveland.
  • Magnum Computers Inc. where we try and earn some $ so we can volunteer more for CAP. (grin)
  • ClevelandSeniors.com for the 50 and over crowd and those who care for and about them.
  • ClevelandWomen.Com for girls and women of all ages in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
  • ClevelandPeople.com where we celebrate the 100+ ethnic groups in the area and make it a more attractive destination for immigrant talent. We believe that growth in Cleveland will not come from a mass shift of population from the suburbs to the city but from an influx of talented immigrants. Studies show that such immigrants are extremely likely to start businesses and hire people. And no one is more passionate than someone who has ethnic pride.
  • And GreatLakesGeek.com. The business, science and technology information on GreatLakesGeek.com is becoming more essential as many of our longtime favorite print publications have disappeared or cut back.

As attendees introduced themselves, we were impressed by the positive outlook that they expressed. And how seemingly unconnected people discovered a thread that connected them to someone else in the room.

Enjoy these photos of some of the 2010 guests.


Photographer Tim Ryan and CAP volunteer Rich Woods flanked by Danielle Cherry and Allison Churchill from the Cleveland Indians

Photographer Tim Ryan and CAP volunteer Rich Woods flanked by Danielle Cherry and Allison Churchill from the Cleveland Indians


Don and Barb Cockroft with Barbara Hawkins

Cleveland Browns Legend Don Cockroft with wife Barb and Global Cleveland activist Barbara Hawkins


Don Cockroft was, of course, the great kicker and punter for the Cleveland Browns. #12 just finished a book on the amazing Kardiac Kids team. Find out more about the book, including a limited edition copy signed by 30 of the team members at TheKardiacKids.Com.


Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman and Rachael Sommer

Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman and Rachael Sommer


John Hill and Kevin Latchford from Aztek

John Hill and Kevin Latchford from Aztek


Harry Davis and Vi Spevak

The long and the short of it - Former Cleveland Cavalier Harry Davis and columnist Vi Spevak


Dan Hanson and Jim Cookinham

Dan Hanson and Jim Cookinham


Scot Rourke, President and CEO of OneCommunity and<br> Ron Copfer, CEO of CardioMetrics

Scot Rourke, President and CEO of OneCommunity and
Ron Copfer, CEO of CardioMetrics


Mike Hardy, partner at Thompson Hine

Mike Hardy, partner at Thompson Hine


Paramjit Singh and George Brown from Senator Voinovich's office

Peace and Non-Violence leader Paramjit Singh and George Brown from Senator Voinovich's office


Alan Schonberg, Founder of Management Recruiters International

Alan Schonberg, Founder of Management Recruiters International


Cathy Horton, CEO of Beta Strategy Group

Cathy Horton, CEO of Beta Strategy Group


Fred Griffith and Debbie Hanson

Fred Griffith and Debbie Hanson


August Pust and Sandy Lesko

August Pust and Sandy Lesko


Paul Sciria and Ralph Tarsitano

Paul Sciria and Ralph Tarsitano


Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys

Lithuanian Consul Ingrida Bublys


Captive Nations Leader Irene Morrow

Captive Nations Leader Irene Morrow


Jaime Lebron and Tom Eakin

Jaime Lebron and Tom Eakin


Gordy Priemer and John Lewis

Gordy Priemer and John Lewis


Jim Evans and Jim Dorazio

Jim Evans and Jim Dorazio


Pat Hanson and Yenna

Pat Hanson and Yenna


LaTida Smith of Saint Lukes Foundation

LaTida Smith of Saint Lukes Foundation


FICA President Mona Alag

FICA President Mona Alag


Pam Thomas

Pam Thomas


Pam is also good friends with Cavalier's legend Bingo Smith. We spoke with Bingo the day before and he was feeling up to coming but that morning when Pam went to pick him up, he wasn't feeling up to it. Bingo said to say "hi" to all his friends.

Another message came from author Les Roberts who was in the Cleveland Clinic. Les is fine and wants to say 'hi' to all and guarantees that he will be at next year's party.


Jim O'Hare

Jim O'Hare


PD party photographer Kathy Murphy Colan, JCU Entrepreneur Association Director Mark Hauserman and PR20/20 President Paul Roetzer

Plain Dealer PDQ party photographer Kathy Murphy Colan, JCU Entrepreneur Association Director Mark Hauserman and PR20/20 President Paul Roetzer


Darcy Downie, Director, Northeast Ohio Chapter of Prevent Blindness Ohio and Kevin Goodman, Director of Business Development of BlueBridge Networks

Darcy Downie, Director, Northeast Ohio Chapter of Prevent Blindness Ohio and Kevin Goodman, Director of Business Development of BlueBridge Networks


David Jakupca, CEO of International Center for Environmental Arts

David Jakupca, CEO of International Center for Environmental Arts


Carol Pepera and Irene Morrow

Carol Pepera and Irene Morrow


Tony Sumodi

Tony Sumodi


Stuart Muszynski, Founder and CEO of  Project Love  and Thomas Eakin

Stuart Muszynski, Founder and CEO of Project Love
and Thomas Eakin


Peg Butler of Saint Lukes Foundation

Peg Butler of Saint Lukes Foundation


Gary Lombardo of Gemland Co.

Gary Lombardo of Gemland Co.


Renate Jakupca

Renate Jakupca


Bob Cerminara

Bob Cerminara


Sy Wachberger , Violet Spevak and Darcy Downie

Sy Wachberger, Violet Spevak and Darcy Downie


Allison Churchill with the Cleveland Indians

Allison Churchill with the Cleveland Indians


Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas


Anita Kazarian and Fred Griffith

Anita Kazarian and Fred Griffith


Danielle Cherry of the Cleveland Indians

Danielle Cherry, Coordinator of Communications
of the Cleveland Indians


Harry Weller

Harry Weller


Nikki Difilippo of the Via Vera Group and Scot Rourke

Nikki Difilippo of the Via Vera Group and Scot Rourke


Rachael Sommer

Rachael Sommer


Great Lakes Geek Holiday Party group


See more pictures from the 2010 Holiday Gathering



Happy Holidays and have a Terrific 2011





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