Hanna Perkins is a small school with a big heart. Along with pre-school and kindergarten classroom instruction, its educators and counselors tackle the roots of difficult behavior, bullying, depression, and mental health in very small children as well as parents and other adults. It’s been doing this for 70 years. Since 1951, the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development (HP) has been changing the world one child at a time.
To celebrate its anniversary, Hanna Perkins (HP) created the Harvest Homecoming benefit, attended by 150 guests gathered under a spacious tent on the HP campus. Patrons enjoyed cocktails and a delicious buffet from Café 56. The event included a live auction with prizes such as a helicopter tour of Downtown Cleveland, an exclusive dinner at The Ritz, and a private home vacation in Park City, Utah. The live auction also included a mind/body
package from Dr. Dan Ratner, an HP alum, and a speaker at the event. The remarks and live auction were live-streamed, and patrons at home could bid in real-time. Auctioneer Bob Hale kept the proceedings moving and entertaining.
The prestigious Hadden Award, named for long-time supporters Lainie and Dr. John Hadden, was presented to the Hanna Perkins School Teachers for their embodiment of the mission and their tireless work and flexibility during the pandemic. The 10 current teachers have 172 years of service to Hanna Perkins between them. In a way, honoring the current teachers was a nod to all the teachers through the organization’s seventy years.
Educators from Hanna Perkins work with other teachers in school districts throughout the area to deliver unique programming to use in the classroom. Proceeds from the event will go
to maintain Hanna Perkins programming and to endow the school’s scholarship fund. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY RITA KUEBER