Philanthropia 2010 Executive Caterers at Landerhaven
December 13, 2010
phil·an·thro·pi·a is Executive Caterers' annual fundraising lunch at Landerhaven designed to benefit non-profits throughout Northeast Ohio.
After the tragedy of 9/11, New York City absorbed such a large portion of all charitable donations that many local non-profits struggled to reach their own goals. In response, Harlan Diamond and Executive Caterers rededicated their December Corporate Club luncheon to the support of local charities, especially smaller organizations without substantial resources of their own.
That first phil·an·thro·pi·a saw 200 guests and raised $9,000. In 2007 it had outgrown the Grand Ballroom, spilled into the Lander Ballroom, and with over 1200 guests they raised over $128,000. The 2009 luncheon ushered in 954 guests who collectively raised $136,000 for 132 local non-profits. Each year's community response is bigger and better.
The 2010 event was held on a blustery day but over 800 of the 1100 ticket holders braved the elements for the event.
The weather outside was frightful but inside was delightful
After networking and socializing, they were greeted by the Singing Angels as they entered the festively decorated ballroom.
The Singing Angels
Harlan Diamond and event MC Leon Bibb welcomed the crowd.
Harlan Diamond and Leon Bibb
Next Rabbi Roberts was called on stage for an opening invocation.
Harlan Diamond, Rabbi Roberts and Leon Bibb at Philanthropia
After a sumptuous lunch, Louis Frangos of the Frangos Group and USA Parking Systems, Inc. was introduced as the first platinum sponsor ever of Philanthropia.
Louis Frangos of the Frangos Group and USA Parking Systems, Inc. - the first Platinum Sponsor of Philanthropia
Major sponsors of Philanthropia
A few other non-profits told their inspiring story including Paramjit Singh who represented Project Seva, the community service end of the Federation of India Community Associations of NE Ohio, or FICA.