What was once considered “a nice little gathering” has over the years grown to one of Cleveland’s must attend parties of the season. This year’s “nice little gathering” was even better than ever as over 385 guests were served by seventeen area caterers, restaurants, breweries and a local distillery that included A Taste of Excellence, Bin 216, Cha Pizza & Spirits, Cleveland Whiskey, Indian Delight, Flaming Ice Cube, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Gypsy Bean & Baking Company, Luxe Kitchen & Lounge, pHuel Cafe, Rising Star Coffee, Sow Food, Spice of Life Catering, The Harp, Toast and Vitamix.
The evening began with the Neo Trio providing acoustic guitar renditions of jazz standards. They were followed by a lively live auction where six wonderful vacation and entertainment packages were bid on by the excited crowd. This was followed by the presentation the Community Works Program Awards that were presented to Earth Day Coalition partners who demonstrated outstanding environmental leadership over the past year.
The 2014 $1,000 Hope and Stanley Adelstein Student Environmental Leadership Award for Excellence was presented to Maple Heights High School for their Leaders of Light project. The Greater Cleveland RTA received this year’s Clean Transportation award and Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District received the EarthFest Community Works award. A Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Brenda O’Reilly for leading Zero Waste initiatives at EarthFest 2014 and throughout the year.
Following the award ceremony Daniel McKelway (clarinet) and Lembi Veskimets (viola) of the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra were joined by Martha Baldwin (cello), Sonja Braaten Molloy (cello) and Jeffrey Zehngut (Violin) for an intimate candle-lit performance. They performed Five Novelettes for String Quartet, op 15 by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936) and Clarinet Quintet Opus 34 by Carl Maria von Weber (1786 – 1826). It must be noted that during the entire intimate concert nary a peep could be heard from the memorized audience.
Following the concert the eco-raffle winners were posted for the over thirty different packages. Participants had purchased tickets which they then deposited in the various bags in front of the items from which the winners were drawn.
The various art galleries of 78th Street Studios were then opened for the guests to tour and desserts and coffee were made available to those who wished.
With the cooperation of participating restaurants, this year’s Instrumental Evening for the Earth was a zero waste event. Rosby Resource Recycling accepted 13 bags of compostable materials and all of the event glass (12 cases of beer and 9 cases of wine) was recycled. Students from Baldwin Wallace University volunteered at our zero waste stations to ensure proper disposal of materials and educate event attendees.
Event video can be found at: http://www.cleveland.com/kristel/index.ssf/2014/11/watch_earth_day_coalition_hold.html and photos are available at https://plus.google.com/photos/115326630596290245630/albums/6083632708234321457.
Thanks to Julius Ciaccia, Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, and Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone (Ward 15) for their participation as Honorary Chairs this year and for helping us kick-off our 2015 focus on the Year of Clean Water. EarthFest 2015: Celebrating the Year of Clean Water will be held at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 19.
Established in 1990, Earth Day Coalition’s mission is to provide education, inspire leadership, and encourage action for a healthy environment. Earth Day Coalition’s year-round Community Works programs include: Student Environmental Leadership, Clean Transportation, Neighborhood Action, and EarthFest. EarthFest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation. Save-the-Date for EarthFest 2015: Celebrating the Year of Clean Water on Sunday, April 19 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.