More than 200 guests — donning spring’s brightest hues — turned out in support of Vocational Guidance Services (VGS) for its “Friday Night on 55th” benefit.
Presented at VGS’ headquarters on Cleveland’s E. 55th St., the evening marking its signature annual fundraiser featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a dueling piano performance.
Presented on behalf of the Sunbeam board and VGS, “Friday Night on 55th,” a sold-out event was also highlighted by a presentation about the organization and a Fund-A-Need, which raised $55,000 of the evening’s more than $120,000 proceeds. Funds raised supported VGS’ mission and its general operations.
Guests enjoyed food provided by Pat O’Brien’s Fine Wines Spirits and Gourmet Foods as well as Sugar Art Bakehouse. Many took advantage of an adorned photo backdrop filled with
Carran Gannoway and Kara Doyle served as co-chairs of the event. Presenting sponsor was Jones Day, in addition to many others who supported the event.
VGS, a nonprofit agency with over 125 years of experience, serves hundreds of individuals with disabilities each year. It upholds its mission to create pathways for those individuals to engage in the community, achieve greater independence and attain employment.
In addition to the spring benefit, VGS is supported by the annual Sunbeam Holiday Boutique, held over three days. The boutique, which began in 1911 by selling handmade clothing to help disabled children in Cleveland, continues today with vendors from all over the country.
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID