The MetroHealth Foundation hosted The Gifts of Hope Dinner for 250 guests on September 24, at The MetroHealth Glick Center, the system’s stunning new main campus hospital that welcomed its first patients on October 15.
The evening celebrated the spirit of generosity and honored the foundation’s devoted donors, led by JoAnn and Bob Glick, who made a $42 million donation to MetroHealth in late 2020. It’s the largest gift in the system’s 185-year history and one of the largest ever to a public hospital system in America.
Foundation Board Chair Gareth Vaughan was the evening’s emcee. Senator Sherrod Brown addressed the guests about MetroHealth’s vital role as the region’s safety-net hospital and spoke about the importance
of investing in our community’s health.
JoAnn and Bob Glick were honored with the first-ever Gifts of Hope Award. Guests watched a stirring video about the Glicks, their philanthropic philosophy and their passion for the work of nurses and for keeping people healthy, especially women and children.
Foundation President Kate Brown revealed the inaugural members of The MetroHealth Foundation’s Gifts of Hope Society, which honors organizations and individuals who have made substantial investments in MetroHealth, its caregivers and patients.
“Because of you,” she said, “the health of our patients and our community has gone from a philanthropic option to a philanthropic priority.”
Chef Dante Boccuzzi and his team designed, prepared and served the evening’s appetizers, desserts and dinner menu with wine pairings. The menu featured in-season produce from Ohio City Farm, powered by The Refugee Response.
The Nathan-Paul Jazz Trio entertained guests during the cocktail reception, and a quintet featuring members of The Cleveland Orchestra enchanted attendees with a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581.
Founded in 1954, The MetroHealth Foundation supports The MetroHealthSystem’s mission of elevating our community’s health through service, education, research and teamwork with community partners. For more information, visit MetroHealth.org/foundation. STORY SUBMITTED BY METROHEALTH FOUNDATION/PHOTOGRAPHS BY BThomasHart Photography.