On Saturday, October 13, the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio’s 12th annual Treasures of Cleveland benefit brought more than 150 guests to the Cleveland Yacht Club, raising more than $77,000 to support the nonprofit organization’s home-based healthcare services and programs.
Treasures changes venues each year to showcase a different Cleveland gem. This year, it was Lake Erie.
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) has served Greater Cleveland for 120 years. It was founded by 13 women known as the Baker’s Dozen who set out to provide health care and comfort to needy families. The VNA’s nurses, doctors, and caregivers continue that mission, bringing home health, hospice and behavioral health care to more than 5,000 patients each year.
Dr. Airica Steed, president and CEO of MetroHealth Systems, served as honorary event chair. She said of the VNA, “They are our true partner on the home health side.” For many years, the two organizations have had a relationship that Dr. Steed said works extremely well. “They’re the connective tissue that helps to ensure the
continuity of care in transitioning our patients into their respective homes and medical homes.” She added, “Both organizations are health equity-focused. We’re
trying to go after the disparate and inequitable outcomes that are out there. I believe strongly that both organizations working shoulder-to-shoulder with synergy are able to keep our community well and out of the hospital.”
WKYC-TV Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins received the Healthcare Community Leader Award and emceed the event. She has worked with the VNA several times during her 25 years at WKYC. She noted the nonprofit hospice’s tremendous value, and understanding of compassion and care.
Bob Solich of Busch Funeral and Crematory Services received the Art of Caring Award. As an honoree, it was his first year not working on Treasures since it began. He has worked with the VNA for many years and is also a longtime supporter. He applauded the organization’s longevity and range of services.
Ted and Rita Stitzel were honored with the Corporate Philanthropy Partner Award. As the founders of Reidy Medical Supply, they have worked with the VNA for over 20 years. “They’re out there serving individuals regardless of ability to pay,” Mr. Stitzel said.
Guests enjoyed sunset lakeside views, a silent auction, and a treasure box raffle, with a cruise for two the prize for the winning key. They danced to upbeat hits played by steel drummer Scott Sopata. The club provided cocktails, appetizers, and a buffet dinner and desserts. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANASTASIA NICHOLAS