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The average distribution for clothing is valued at $350,000 and the average distribution of Payless gift cards is valued at approximately $26,000.

Romona's Kids
Friday, February 28, 2014
19/43 News Anchor Romona Robinson featured SC4K on her popular segment "Romona's Kids" See the video here. 

SC4K Welcomes New Board Chair and Four New Board Members
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Shoes and Clothes for Kids Announces the Election of Officers and
New Board Members


The following individuals were elected as officers for Shoes and Clothes for Kids for 2014:
  • Chair– Tracy Jemison, II, The Glenmede Trust Company, NA
  • Chair Emeritus – Allan C. Krulak
  • Life Director – Theresa Corey Bishop
  • Life Director – vic gelb
  • Life Director – Rockette Richardson Ewell
  • Life Director– Scott Simon, North Pointe Realty, Inc.
  • Life Director– Terence J. Uhl, The Uhl Group
  • Vice Chair – Dennis Rose, Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP
  • Secretary – Gerald Broski
  • Treasurer – A. Lamont Mackley, Jump Start, Inc.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids elected the following individuals to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors beginning in January, 2014:
  •  R. Michael Cole – Jewish Community Federation
  • Craig Gutridge – Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Ty C. McBee – Dominion East Ohio
  • Chris McMahan – Cleveland Clinic
Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes to thousands of children in need at no charge throughout the year. Through a network of 35 distribution partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having new shoes and clothes. Founded as Shoes for Kids in 1969 by Morrie Sayre, 2014 marks SC4K’s forty-fifth year of service to Greater Cleveland’s families. In 2014, Shoes and Clothes for Kids will distribute new clothing and Payless shoe gift cards with a retail value of over $ 2.4 million to 25,000 children from income-eligible families throughout Greater Cleveland. Of every dollar donated to Shoes and Clothes for Kids, $0.93 goes directly to the programs and services that benefit the children served. For the seventh consecutive year, SC4K has achieved the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States, an honor bestowed upon only 2% of the nation’s charities. SC4K has also met all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s Standards for Charity Accountability. Follow us on Twitter @sc4k.

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SC4K Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for 7th Consecutive Year
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Shoes and Clothes for Kids once again has earned the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities, for the seventh consecutive year. This honor is achieved by only 2% of the nation's charities.

Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that SC4K excels, as compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the finances of the organization in an efficient and effective manner. According to the letter received from Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator, “Shoes and Clothes for Kids consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Shoes and Clothes for Kids from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

In addition to receiving a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, SC4K is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, meeting all twenty of the BBB’s standards for Charity accountability. Of every dollar donated to Shoes and Clothes for Kids, $0.93 goes directly to the programs and services that benefit the children served.  

Cleveland Browns Players Pack in the SC4K Warehouse
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Several Browns players spent Wednesday afternoon giving back to the less fortunate in the Cleveland community.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns teamed up with Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) to sort and pack boxes of new shoes and clothes for children in need throughout the Cleveland area.

Defensive linemen Ahtyba Rubin, John Hughes and Billy Winn, linebackers Craig Robertson and Jabaal Sheard, offensive lineman Alex Mack and long-snapper Christian Yount were grouped into three teams, all for one goal, to prepare these boxes for children who need it most. Players were tasked with making up the boxes, pulling and dividing clothing and prepping for distribution at the Shoes and Clothes for Kids warehouse.

“Just the feeling of giving back and knowing that somebody’s less fortunate or growing up without clothes is really important,” Rubin said. “I just wanted to do something to give back, so I made sure I came here today with my fellow teammates and did the right thing.

“A lot of people love the Browns, like watching us and enjoy the games. Giving back, especially to little kids, is a good feeling, and to put a smile on their faces is definitely a plus.”

The final destination of the boxes filled with new shoes and clothes are each of the center’s 35 distribution sites throughout Greater Cleveland. Distribution sites include Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland and neighborhood centers that provide some of these children with an opportunity to own something new for the very first time.
 
You can see a video of the event here 
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St. Ignatius Students Pack Clothing for Children in Need
Thursday, December 20, 2012
 
STUDENTS START HOLIDAY BREAK WITH SERVICE TO SHOES AND CLOTHES FOR KIDS: St. Ignatius Pack Clothing for Children in Need

Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K), a local non-profit organization that provides new shoes and clothes to thousands of children in need at no charge throughout the year, hosts area students to pack brand new clothing for distribution to income-eligible children throughout Greater Cleveland. High school students from St. Ignatius will start their holiday break with a day of community service on Friday, December 21, 2012, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the SC4K warehouse.
 
This year SC4K will distribute $2.3 million dollars worth of brand new clothing to area children in need through its network of 35 distribution partners. Volunteers are critical to SC4K’s efficient and economical operation as SC4K relies heavily on group volunteers to sort and count clothing, packing it into boxes in our warehouse. Volunteer packing days provide students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of community service and to help children in need.

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Cleveland Browns Usama Young Coat Giveaway
Thursday, December 20, 2012
By Matt Florjancic, Cleveland Browns Staff Writer

When it comes to preparing for an opponent, Cleveland Browns defensive back Usama Young gives his best effort to make sure he will be ready for any and all situations that may come up during a game. Young brings that same commitment to improving the lives of those around him in the Cleveland community.
 
On December 17, Young and several of his teammates went to the St. Martin de Porres Family Center and helped distribute coats, hats and gloves, with assistance from Shoes and Clothes for Kids, to 50 children, ranging from Kindergarteners to third graders. Young came up with the idea for “Defensive Backs Give Back” after a conversation with Renee Harvey, the team’s vice president of community outreach.
 
“I asked Renee, ‘Where can we donate clothes and get an area that it’s needed?’ Young said. “I’m in Tremont. I live right by downtown and I see children walking to the school bus wearing t-shirts in the wintertime, wearing sweatshirts with no hats and no gloves.
 
“I talked to a few guys and said, ‘Hey, I’m doing this coat drive.’ I partnered with Shoes and Clothes for Kids and we got it together. It’s been fun.”
In his second year with the Browns, Young has increased his involvement with the Cleveland community through his charity, Young’s Youth, and his teammates have followed his example in helping.
 
On Monday, Young and his wife, Gia, were joined by eight of his teammates: defensive backs Trevin Wade, Ray Ventrone, Johnson Bademosi, T.J. Ward, Tashaun Gipson, and Buster Skrine, as well as fullbackOwen Marecic and quarterback Thaddeus Lewis. The players joined the children for lunch, with the food provided by SUBWAY® Restaurants. Bademosi, Ward and Ventrone helped the kids pick out hats and gloves, while Young, Wade, Marecic, Lewis, Gipson and Skrine assisted the children in selecting the coats.
 
“It’s going to be cold in the winter, especially in Cleveland, so everybody needs a jacket, gloves and a hat,” Bademosi said. “I remember an event very similar to this when I was growing up, where I went to a church and they had coats, jackets and Christmas presents and I remember the effect that it had on me. I just want to do the same and pass it on to kids.”
 
Bademosi said it was an “awesome” experience to be in a position to help children in need. “If somebody blesses you, then, you pass that blessing onto somebody else,” Bademosi said. “I hope these kids are in a position to do the same when they’re older, when they’re my age.”
 
Sharon Boyes, director of development and communication for Shoes and Clothes for Kids, said Monday’s event came at the busiest time of the year for the organization. “As we approach the holiday season, we’re always inundated with calls about people needing winter coats,” Boyes said. “This is also a tremendous experience for them to interact with the players and do something fun, which is something they don’t often get to do. For a lot of these kids, this may be the only new thing they get this year. It’s really priceless to take a look around the room and look at some of these kids and know that they’re going to go home with something brand new.”
 
Young’s Youth Foundation is about mobilizing young people to work to their potential through hands-on and interactive programming that aim to strengthen youth from single-parent families and underserved communities and youth with learning disabilities through tutoring, leadership development, mentoring and advocacy.
 
You can view photos of the event by visiting the SC4K Facebook Page.
 
 

Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management Announces Partnership with SC4K
Thursday, November 08, 2012
The Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management (CSHRM) is pleased to announce a year-long partnership with Shoes and Clothes For Kids (SC4K), a Northeast Ohio non-profit that helps children gain confidence and self-esteem by providing them with brand new shoes and clothes free of charge. CSHRM will work to raise funds and awareness for SC4K through several charitable events over the next year, including the upcoming 2012 Holiday Silent Auction and Social, as well as next year’s Northern Ohio HR Conference and Charity Golf Outing.

This year’s auction has a brand new format to help increase the fun and fundraising factors of the event. The event will take place on the evening of November 29, 2012, at the Cuyahoga Community College Hospitality Management Center on Public Square in downtown Cleveland and will meld the traditional silent auction with a professional networking event geared toward the HR community. Chef Brandt Evans, owner of both Pura Vida and Blue Canyon Restaurant, will be revving up the guests with live cooking demonstrations. You can learn more here. Tickets are $25 for CSHRM members and $35 for non-members.

While raising funds for SC4K is the aim of this event, CSHRM and its partners also hope to collect donations of new children’s clothing, while also raising awareness of the positive things that SC4K does for the Cleveland community.

Over the past three years CSHRM has raised over $61,000 for area non-profits including The Gathering Place, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Association of Northeast Ohio and Towards Employment. We are proud of this achievement and are committed through our membership and sponsors to give back to our community.

“We are delighted that CSHRM has selected us to be the beneficiary of its philanthropic efforts in 2012-13. Since SC4K charges no fees for its services, we are 100% reliant on the generosity of donors in the Greater Cleveland community and our program needs to be recapitalized annually.” said Valerie McCormack, Executive Director of Shoes and Clothes for Kids. “The lack of new shoes and clothing is often a barrier to success for many children in our community and CSHRM is helping to fulfill a critical need that most people take for granted.”- Sharon Boyes, Director of Development and Communication, Shoes and Clothes For Kids

Media: For more information, contact Jody Wheaton of Cleveland SHRM at 440-343-4191
jody.wheaton@tri-c.edu

About Cleveland SHRM
Cleveland SHRM is the local affiliate chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), an international organization comprised of over 250,000 + human resource professionals. The mission of Cleveland SHRM is to develop HR professionals to advance their organizations. Cleveland SHRM exists to provide resources and opportunities for members at all levels to expand their knowledge to help achieve the goals of the organizations they work for.


About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing about 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org
and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress. 

SC4K AND UPS TEAM UP FOR “CARE DAY” TO DELIVER SHOES AND CLOTHING TO CHILDREN
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Shoes and Clothes for Kids distributes new children’s clothing and Payless shoe gift cards through a network of 35 Distribution Partners, which include selected sites from the Boys and Girls Clubs, Neighborhood Centers, and Pastors in Mission Churches. Every other month, Distribution Partner sites stretch their limited resources to pick up clothing items from the SC4K warehouse to distribute to children served by their organizations. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Shoes and Clothes for Kids, with the support of UPS vehicles and volunteers, will reward our Distribution Partners who have given so generously of themselves this past year by delivering the clothing items and shoe gift cards directly to the Partner locations, saving them valuable time and resources. This is in conjunction with UPS Global Volunteer Month, which is an extension of the long-standing commitment to volunteerism and is the year’s culminating event for employee volunteers. For the past five years, thousands of UPS employees in more than 45 countries have helped paint schools, assist food banks, renovate shelters and complete many other tasks in their communities. In addition, UPS will present SC4K with a $10,000 check for its Buying and Distribution program. 

CHARTER ONE FILLS 2,000 BACKPACKS FOR SHOES AND CLOTHES FOR KIDS
Thursday, August 09, 2012
On Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Charter One employees volunteer will fill 2,000 new backpacks with new school supplies at the Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) warehouse. These items will be distributed at no charge to children in need along with new shoes and clothing items through SC4K’s network of 35 Distribution Partners and to select YMCA branches of Greater Cleveland.

Each year as children prepare to go back to school, Shoes and Clothes for Kids receives hundreds of calls from parents in need of assistance. To help meet that need, Charter One has partnered with SC4K for the third year for its Gear for Grades campaign. Over a three-week period, Charter One employees, customers and area residents donated pencils, folders, glue, notebooks and other new school supplies at Charter One branches in Cuyahoga County in an effort to help children go back to school with the gear they need to learn. These supplies will be used to fill 2,000 new backpacks purchased by Shoes and Clothes for Kids with a grant from the Charter One Foundation.

Volunteer groups like Charter One are critical to SC4K’s efficient and economical operation. Shoes and Clothes for Kids relies heavily on group volunteers to sort and count clothing, packing it into boxes in our warehouse. This volunteer packing day will provide Charter One employees with the opportunity to help children in need at a critical time for many families.

Follow us on Twitter @sc4k #gear4grades
 
About Charter One
Charter One is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. It has 340 branches and 532 ATMs. It has 133 branches and 164 ATMs in Ohio. Charter One’s website is charterone.com.

RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $129 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has more than 1,400 branches, approximately 3,700 ATMs and approximately 18,940 colleagues. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.


 

Cleveland Indians donate $20,274 to SC4K
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Cleveland Indians donate $20,274 to SC4K at the May 22, 2012 Fill the House for Charity game.
 
The Cleveland Indians community outreach initiative, “Fill the House for Charity,” is a partnership between the Indians organization and 12 non-profit service agencies. Each non-profit agency has a designated Tuesday home game to celebrate and promote their mission at Progressive Field. Tonight’s efforts allowed Shoes and Clothes for Kids to raise $20,274 for their cause.

The Indians donated $5 of each ticket sold by the participating non-profit organization back to the Charity. Also, $1 from every overall ticket sold for tonight’s game was donated to Shoes and Clothes for Kids. Since its inaugural season in 2009, this initiative has raised more than $1.68 million in monetary and in-kind donations for the participating Ohio non-profits.

The Indians also provided promotional support to help raise awareness for the Charity and its event date. This included radio and TV network promotions, a webpage dedicated to Fill the House for Charity− indians.com/fillthehouse− inclusion in the game day’s Batter Up! program, a scoreboard feature showcasing the organization, various Indians autographed auction items and inclusion in pregame activities.

Included in SC4K's pregame festivities was Daryl Reinhart throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and Sawyer Barnhart the “play ball” kid. 

SC4K Welcomes 16 New Young Professionals to its Associate Board
Friday, January 27, 2012
The following individuals were selected for the Executive Committee of Shoes and Clothes for Kids’ Associate Board for 2012:
  • Craig Gutridge, Deloitte, Associate Board Co-Chair
  • Stephanie Landes, Melamed Riley Adverting, Associate Board Co-Chair
  • Brendan Doyle, Attorney
  • Jillian Driscoll, The Council of Neighborhood Leaders
  • Elizabeth Nici, Gusto Designs, LLC
  • Rachel VanArsdale, Melamed Riley Advertising
Shoes and Clothes for Kids elected the following individuals to serve on the Associate Board beginning in January, 2012:
  • Alyssa Balog, Cleveland Clinic
  • Nicole M. Bell, The Presidents' Council Foundation
  • Sam Cario, ARAMARK
  • John Cavalier, Deloitte
  • Nicole Cavalier, Hyland Software
  • Patrick F. Gibbons, NetApp
  • Lottie Gray, Recovery Resources
  • Rachelle Gray, US Bank
  • Carolyn Longbrake, KHM Travel Group
  • Quinn McAndrew, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ken McIntyre, Forest City Enterprises
  • Laurel Miltner, PR 20/20
  • Brendan Reynolds, Cleveland Zoological Society
  • Adam Russ, Frantz Ward LLP
  • Patty Shipacasse, Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Katherine Zollinger, Nestlé USA
 

SC4K Welcomes a New Chair and New Board Members
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The following individuals were elected as officers for Shoes and Clothes for Kids for 2012:
  • Chair– Scott Simon, President, North Pointe Realty, Inc.
  • Chair Emeritus – Allan C. Krulak
  • Life Director – vic gelb, vgi inc.
  • Life Director – Rockette L. Richardson, Executive Director, Campus District
  • Life Director– Terence J. Uhl, Executive Vice President, Landau Public Relations
  • Vice Chair - William R. Joseph, Partner, Weston Hurd
  • Treasurer – A. Lamont Mackley, General Manager, Jump Start, Inc.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids elected the following individuals to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors beginning in January, 2012:
  • Jeff M. Hall– Wealth Management, RBS Citizens/Charter One
  • Nancy Lesic–CEO, Lesic & Camper Communications
 

Life Director, vic gelb to Receive Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Read more about why SC4K Life Director, vic gelb, is being honored. Also receiving an award at the AFP's 28th Annual National Philanthropy Day this year is SC4K Chair, Terry Uhl's daughter, Katherine. Congratulations to both of you!

 

Cleveland Indians donated $25,959 to Shoes and Clothes for Kids
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The Cleveland Indians community outreach initiative, “Fill the House for Charity,” is a partnership between the Indians organization and 13 non-profit service agencies. Each non-profit agency has a designated Wednesday home game to celebrate and promote their mission at Progressive Field. Shoes and Clothes for Kids to raised $25,959 for their cause on July 27, 2011.

The Indians donated $5 of each ticket sold by SC4K. Also, $1 from every overall ticket sold for today’s game was donated to the Shoes and Clothes for Kids. The current in-kind donation total is $375,129 with 8 out of 13 area non-profit organization participating in Fill the House for Charity!

The Indians also provided promotional support to help raise awareness for SC4K and its event date. This included radio and TV network promotions, a webpage dedicated to Fill the House for Charity− indians.com/fillthehouse− inclusion in the game day’s Batter Up! program, a scoreboard feature showcasing the organization, various Indians autographed auction items and inclusion in pregame activities.

Included in the SC4K's pregame festivities was Ari Sherwin throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and The Robertson Family singing the national anthem.  

We've Moved Our Offices!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
3311 Perkins Ave., Suite 205, Cleveland OH 44114 is the new home of the SC4K staff offices effective 6/7/11. Our phone and fax remain the same and our warehouse is still located at the Woodland Data Center.  

4th Annual Fool’s Frolic fund-raiser raised $57,500 in net proceeds for SC4K
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Over 300 party-goers spent an evening of foolishly good fun at the 4th annual Fool’s Frolic, hosted by Moxie, the Restaurant on Thursday, April 14, 2011 in Beachwood, Ohio. Fool’s Frolic is a one of a kind event that had all the glitz, glamour and decadence of Las Vegas. The event included fine fare, libations and live entertainment with food stops along the Vegas Strip at the Bellagio Resort and Casino, the Mandarin Oriental, the Four Seasons, and Ceasars Palace, all to support Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K). Guests enjoyed Walt Sanders singing ala Elvis, magician Matt Neidmeyer and DJ Spencer Reynolds of Jerry Bruno Productions.
 
An exclusive VIP reception began at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event at 6:30 p.m. More than 175 VIPs revisited the golden age of Vegas in a glamorous lounge fit for the likes of Frank, Dean and Sammy. The Sands VIP Lounge featured distinctive specialty foods and drink including clams casino, oysters Rockefeller, lobster blini, and champagne.
 
The Vegas themed menu featured fabulous food created by Moxie, including ricotta and truffle tortelli, mini clam pasta, butternut and pecorino bruschetta, a variety of satays, hand rolled sushi and more. In the spirit of Las Vegas, guests had the opportunity to spin the prize wheel for a chance at our “wine pull” which involves mystery bottles of wine valued at anywhere from $10.00 to $100.00. “Elvis” performed at 7:00 p.m. and the evening concluded at 9:30 p.m.
 
“For the fourth year, Moxie, the Restaurant and their staff, donated their time and talent tonight, creating a truly unique and memorable experience for our guests,” said
SC4K Executive Director, Valerie F. McCormack. “Moxie is truly dedicated to helping children in need and has gone above and beyond in terms of their generosity to SC4K.”
 
Guests also had the opportunity to purchase tickets for a raffle with fabulous prizes including a grand prize trip to South Beach Miami for an exclusive dining experience at Red, the Steakhouse South Beach. The trip includes airfare for two (2) and two (2) night stay at the luxurious Eden Roc, a Renaissance Hotel and Spa. Second prize is a $1,000 shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue. Third prize is private helicopter ride for three (3). Tickets were $50.00 each or three (3) for $100.00. The winners was drawn at 8:30 p.m. and although they needed not be present, all three winners were in attendance. Michelle Bourrie-Schafer took home 3rd prize, Mark Mazzurco took home 2nd Prize and Pat Nici was the grand prize winner.
 
The event was sponsored by Fairmount Minerals, Forest City Enterprises, Developers Diversified, Glenmede Investment & Wealth Management, Huntington National Bank, Melamed Communications, Roetzel & Andress, Strassman Insurance Services, Ferro Corporation, Graystone Properties, and Nordstrom. Event Co-Chairs were Susan O’Donnell and Jeff Kavlick leading the Planning Committee with Scott Simon serving as honorary chair. All three are SC4K board members. Moxie owner, Brad Friedlander, chaired the event’s Host Committee again this year. The following individuals and corporations made generous in-kind donations of services and/or products for the event: Elizabeth Nici of Gusto Designs, 5Front, Inc., All-Star Valet, Flowers by Stazzone, Lasting Impressions, Morgan Linens, Northern Ohio Printing, the power of whodo─Sylvia Masek, and ShutterBooth.
 
To view photos of the event visit SC4K's facebook page.
 

Shoes and Clothes for Kids Announces the Election of Officers and New Board Members
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The following individuals were elected as officers for Shoes and Clothes for Kids for 2011:
  • Chair – Terence J. Uhl, Executive Vice President, Landau Public Relations
  • Chair Elect – Scott Simon, President, North Pointe Realty, Inc.
  • Chair Emeritus – Allan C. Krulak, Vice President and Director of Community Affairs, Forest City Enterprises
  • Life Director – vic gelb, vgi inc.
  • Life Director – Rockette L. Richardson, Executive Director, Campus District
  • Vice Chair - William R. Joseph, Partner, Weston Hurd
  • Secretary – Stephanie McHenry, President-Cleveland Region, Urban Partnership Bank
  • Treasurer – A. Lamont Mackley, General Manager, Jump Start, Inc.
Shoes and Clothes for Kids elected the following individuals to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors beginning in January, 2011:
  • Karen Fox – Merchandise Manager, Cleveland Indians
  • Jeffrey J. Kavlick –President/Co-Founder, Moreland Partners
  • Joseph G. Podach – Deputy Chief of Technology and Procurement, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Veronica Runcis – Manager, Public Affairs, Eaton Corporation
  • Judith Ulrich – Senior Vice President/Division Manager Commercial Banking, US Bank
 

SC4K partners with Cleveland Browns for Holiday Extravaganza
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Browns host Holiday Extravaganza
By Matt Florjancic, ClevelandBrowns.com Staff Writer
 
On Tuesday evening, several Browns players and wives hosted the team's annual Holiday Extravaganza. Browns players and members of the Browns Women’s Organization spent Tuesday evening with children from Shoes and Clothes for Kids distribution partners Lexington-Bell Community Center and St. Martin de Porres as part of the 2010 Holiday Extravaganza inside BrownsTown at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
 
Defensive backs Eric Wright and Mike Adams, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, offensive linemen Floyd Womack, Steve Vallos and Billy Yates, linebacker Eric Alexander, defensive linemen Brian Schaefering and Derreck Robinson and tight end Benjamin Watson helped the children pick out coats, gloves and hats for the winter season, all while enjoying a pizza party.
 
At the end of the night, Adams and his teammates provided an extra special surprise as each of the 100 kids in attendance got to choose a toy to take home in addition to the winter clothing. No child left empty handed, as they got to choose from bikes, a basketball hoop, DS systems, digital cameras and TV’s, just to name a few.
 
“The look on the kids’ faces is priceless,” said Adams. “We have Santa Claus coming early for them. I never had anything like this growing up, so it’s good to give back and do something like this. It just gives you a sense of what’s going on in the community. It feels so good to be doing something like this and just realize how fortunate we really are as individuals to give back.”
 
“It’s a great thing, a great opportunity to come out here and help the young kids get jackets and clothes and get ready for the winter,” Wright followed. “It means a lot. These kids don’t want anything from you but just for you to help them out. They really appreciate it and you could tell every time they smile at you.”
 
“It feels good to be a part of something like this,” added Massaquoi. “If you ask any guy on this team, he wouldn’t be here without the help of somebody and just the ability to impact their lives means a lot. One day, they may have the opportunity to go back and impact somebody else’s life. I can’t tell you how much fun we’re having out here and how much of a joy it is to see these kids as happy as can be.”
 
Several of the players were joined by their wives for the event. Julie Mangini Amy Hagen, LaTanya Wright, Lindsey Vallos, Brooke Roth, Rachel McCoy, Jasmatia Schaefering, Frances Womack, and Kirsten Watson represented the Browns Women’s Organization. Other players contributed financially, including D’Qwell Jackson, who has hosted a similar event for several years.
 
“It’s special, but they give us so much. They put smiles on our faces,” Mangini said. “I feel really lucky that they’re taking time out of their days to spend with us. We all get so busy around the holiday season and this says, ‘Stop, spend a couple hours with these wonderful children’ and we are just really fortunate that we have this opportunity to help the kids and have fun.”
 
The timing of the event was right on the mark as temperatures Tuesday evening were in the low 20s with a steady wind blowing in from Lake Erie.
 
“The last two days have been brutal,” said Valerie McCormack, Executive Director of Shoes and Clothes for Kids. “A lot of kids don’t have proper outerwear, don’t have hats, don’t have gloves. They go to school in windbreakers and sweatshirts. It’s very important to have the proper outerwear.”
 
Shoes and Clothes for Kids is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing brand new shoes and clothing to thousands of children in need at no charge throughout the year. Through a network of 30 distribution partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes. In 2010, SC4K will distribute 2.2 million dollars worth of brand new shoes and clothing, due in large part to the generous donations of organizations like the Cleveland Browns who have partnered with SC4K on numerous projects, including being the title sponsors SC4K’s back-to-school campaign for the past three years.
 
To view photos of the event visit SC4K's facebook page
 

Shoes and Clothes for Kids Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year
Monday, December 06, 2010
 
Shoes and Clothes for Kids is proud to announce that it has earned the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities, for the fifth consecutive year. This honor is achieved by only 6% of the nation's charities.

Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that SC4K excels, as compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the finances of the organization in an efficient and effective manner. According to the letter received from Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator, “Shoes and Clothes for Kids consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Shoes and Clothes for Kids from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

In addition to receiving a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, SC4K is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, meeting all twenty of the BBB’s standards for Charity accountability. Of every dollar donated to Shoes and Clothes for Kids, $0.92 goes directly to the programs and services that benefit the children served.
 

Terry Bishop Honored with Morrie Sayre Founder’s Award
Monday, October 25, 2010
Terry Bishop Honored with Morrie Sayre Founder’s Award Outstanding Volunteer Honored at Shoes and Clothes for Kids’ Annual Heart & Sole Luncheon
 
Theresa Corey Bishop, Philanthropy Manager at Dominion, was presented with The 2010 Morrie Sayre Founder’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism to Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) at the annual SC4K Heart & Sole Luncheon on Monday, October 25 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The award is presented annually to an individual and/or organization that has given selflessly to SC4K as a volunteer and exemplifies the standards of giving, integrity and commitment to improving the lives of children in Greater Cleveland set forth by Morrie Sayre when he founded SC4K (then Shoes for Kids) 41 years ago. Sayre passed away at the age of 95 in July.
 
Terry Bishop has been a volunteer on the SC4K Board of Directors since 2004 and has been an instrumental part of a number of SC4K initiatives. For several years, she has served as co-chair of SC4K’s product and services committee, hosted annual distribution partner meeting, lent Dominion’s computer lab for training sessions, participated in the annual SC4K golf outing, and dedicated a holiday tree decorated with hats and mittens to SC4K. Terry also is the champion of SC4K’s Annual Stuff the Bus for Cleveland Kids. Now in its 5th year, Terry has devoted countless hours to the planning and execution of this successful event. In addition, the Dominion Foundation has served at the event’s title sponsor since its inception.
 
In addition to her important leadership roles with SC4K, Terry also acts as an ambassador and spokesperson for SC4K, participating in grant interviews, and always encouraging others to engage in SC4K’s mission. Beyond her volunteer role with SC4K, Terry is very active in the community and serves on the boards of The Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Better Business Bureau.
 
In her spare time she enjoys time with her grandchildren and working with fire and glass through lampworking, glass fusing and creating stained glass projects. 

Indians donated $17,184 to SC4K from "Fill The House For Charity"
Thursday, September 02, 2010
 
Cleveland, OH—9/01/10.  The Cleveland Indians announced that the Shoes and Clothes for Kids raised $17,184 today for their cause as part of the Tribe's community initiative "Fill the House for Charity".
 
The Indians donated $5 of each ticket sold by the participating non-profit organization back to the charity. Also, $1 from every overall ticket sold for tonight's game was donated to the Shoes and Clothes for Kids. The Indians "Fill the House for Charity" has partnered with 11 of the 13 scheduled non-profit organizations with a year-to-date donation and in-kind total of over $441,000.
 
In addition, the Indians provided promotional support to help raise awareness for the Charity and its event date. This included radio and TV network promotions, a webpage dedicated to Fill the House for Charity (indians.com/fillthehouse) inclusion in the game day's Batter Up! program, a scoreboard feature showcasing the organization and inclusion in pregame activities.
 
Included in tonight's pregame festivities was Dominic Giovanazzo throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District All City Choir singing the national anthem.
 
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SC4K Goes Back to School With a New Look
Friday, August 27, 2010
Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) unveiled a new logo and tagline today. Created pro-bono by the team at Melamed Riley Advertising SC4K’s new logo conveys several of the organizations key messages as it ventures into its 41st year of service to the Greater Cleveland Community. The image of a price tag emphasizes that SC4K is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing brand new shoes and clothes at no charge throughout the year to thousands of children in need. Further, the price tag reinforces that all items purchased by Shoes and Clothes for Kids are brand new with the tags on them. SC4K procures a majority of its clothing items through a direct purchasing program from a network of wholesalers that sell children’s clothing at deep discounts. Shoes and Clothes for Kids is able to purchase between $20.00-$25.00 worth of brand new clothing for every $1.00 spent.

The new tagline “More than New Outfits. New Outlooks” is a nod to the impact of SC4K’s Distribution Partner network that work on our behalf to distribute to thousands of children in need; giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having new shoes and clothes. SC4K’s Distribution Partner Network is comprised of of 35 social services agencies located in areas of dense poverty and includes various sites of the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association, United Pastors in Mission Churches, and a variety of Catholic social service organizations. Beyond serving the basic needs of thousands of deserving children, once in the doors, our Distribution Partners can connect these children and their families with other important programs and services working to improve and enrich their lives. These programs include food pantries, GED education programs, resale shops, job placement, Head Start, daycare, immunization, etc.

SC4K was founded in 1969 by Morrie Sayre, a Cleveland businessman who made it his mission to ensure that area children had adequate footwear. In 2010, SC4K will distribute new clothing and Payless shoe gift cards with a retail value of over $1,900,000 to 25,000 children from income-eligible families throughout Greater Cleveland. Of every dollar donated to SC4K, $0.92 goes directly to the programs and services that benefit the children served. Shoes and Clothes for Kids has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-star rating for four consecutive years, an honor bestowed upon only 8% of the nations charities. 

Shoes and Clothes for Kids and Charter One Give Away 100 Backpacks at Phillis Wheatley
Friday, August 13, 2010
Charter One and Shoes and Clothes for Kids will distribute 100 backpacks
filled with school supplies to children in Cleveland

CLEVELAND –

WHAT:
Charter One and Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) will conclude its Gear for Grades campaign - an initiative designed to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies to 1,000 children in Cuyahoga County - by distributing 100 of the backpacks and school supplies to children enrolled in programs at Phillis Wheatley Association in Cleveland.

WHEN: Thursday, August 12, 2010
Distribution will take place at 1 p.m.

WHERE:
Phillis Wheatley Association
4450 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103

WHY:
Over a three-week period, Charter One employees, customers and area residents donated pencils, folders, glue, notebooks and other new school supplies at Charter One branches in Cuyahoga County in an effort to help children go back to school with the gear they need to learn. These supplies were used to fill 1,000 new backpacks purchased by Shoes and Clothes for Kids with a grant from the Charter One Foundation. This year, more than 24,000 backpacks filled with new school supplies will be distributed to children across Charter One parent company Citizens Financial Group’s 12-state retail banking footprint.

About Charter One
Charter One is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. It has approximately 370 branches and 610 ATMs. It has 150 branches and 179 ATMs in Ohio. Charter One’s Web site is charterone.com.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $140 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com.

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CAVALIERS YOUTH FUND, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, Awards SC4K $25,000 Grant
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
CAVALIERS YOUTH FUND a fund of the McCormick Foundation Awards Over $225,000 in Grants for Second Quarter of 2010

CLEVELAND, OH - July 21, 2010 - The Cavaliers Youth Fund a fund of the McCormick Foundation has awarded grants to five very deserving Northeast Ohio nonprofit programs and organizations, totaling $225,000 for the second quarter of 2010. With its focus on youth-based organizations and causes, the Cavaliers Youth Fund has granted more than $20.5 million to local nonprofit organizations since its inception in 1993.

“Cleveland is a great place, with a great future ahead of it. Our young people are at the core of it all. Nothing is more important than inspiring kids in our community. The Cavaliers Youth Fund is proud to assist the programs and organizations that are making the ‘diff’ with our children,” said Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert. “Our thanks and gratitude goes out to everyone who supports this critical cause through year-round fundraising efforts and personal donations.”

These grants benefit young people in the areas of education, recreation, employment and life skills, with particular emphasis on programs aimed toward at-risk youth. Grants were awarded to the following programs and organizations:

Youth Sports Program at Case Western Reserve University
The National Youth Sports Program at CWRU addresses the health and social needs of economically disadvantaged youth through a unique five-week summer enrichment program combining sports activities, education, nutrition and health services.

Whole School Whole Child program at City Year, Inc.
City Year is a national service organization with a mission to develop young leaders through 10 months of full-time community service. Additionally, their Whole School Whole Child program allows Corps members to serve full-time as tutors and mentors and run after-school programs for students in grades 1-12.

Urban Outreach Summer at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association

The Urban Outreach Summer program provides low-income Cleveland-area children with the opportunity to attend CVNPA’s residential summer programs where they focus on hands-on encounters with theatre, culinary arts and multi-media arts free of charge.

Summer Program at The HELP Foundation
The HELP Foundation’s Summer Program services more than 300 children with special needs that cannot be met through traditional summer camp experiences due to their severe developmental disabilities and medical conditions.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids
SC4K’s Buying and Distribution program purchases and distributes shoe gift cards, new clothing and other essential items for over 25,000 children in Greater Cleveland. SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes.

About the Cavaliers Youth Fund
Cavaliers Youth Fund (CYF), a fund of the McCormick Foundation, supports programs designed to positively impact young people in the areas of education, recreation, employment and life skills with a particular emphasis on programs aimed towards at-risk youth. Additional consideration is given to programs that deal with health-related diseases.

Since its inception in 1993, more than $20.5 million has been granted through the CYF, to local nonprofit organizations. The McCormick Foundation matches funds raised by CYF at fifty cents on the dollar, increasing the amount available to grant to worthwhile agencies.

About the McCormick Foundation
The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its five grant making programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, and three world-class museums, the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charities, with $1.2 billion in assets. For more information, please visit McCormickFoundation.org. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of N.E.O. Awards Grants
Friday, May 28, 2010

Seven (7) Area Non-Profit Organizations Are Awarded Grant Funds by RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES® OF NORTHESTERN OHIO, INC.

 

 

Cleveland, OH, May 28, 2010 —  The Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Northeastern Ohio, Inc., (RMHC-NEO) recently awarded grants in the amount of $80,185.08 to seven (7) area non-profit organizations whose services are provided to children. 

             Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc., established in 1987 by local McDonald’s Owner/Operators, has awarded more than $7.2 Million to children's programs across Northeast Ohio, including ongoing financial support of the Ronald McDonald Houses in Akron and Cleveland and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® program.

·                     Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center in Cleveland, received grant funds to purchase items and equipment to support the Early Childhood & Youth Services Program.   The mission of Goodrich-Gannett Neighborhood Center is to promote positive outcomes that improve the quality of life for youth, adults, families and seniors through comprehensive neighborhood-based services.  This grant application was endorsed by McDonald's Owner/Operator Turan Strange, owner of several McDonald’s restaurants Cleveland.

·                     DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children, located in Middlefield, was awarded grant funds to purchase items and equipment used in their Children & Youth Dental Program.  DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children is a non-profit primary care and research facility for people with special needs caused by rare genetic disorders and serves the Amish and non-Amish children and families.  This grant application was endorsed by McDonald's Owner/Operator Meloney Karos, owner of several McDonald’s restaurants in the Greater Cleveland area.

·                    Ronald McDonald House of Akron was awarded funds to support their annual golf outing. 

·                     Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland received grant funds to support their annual golf outing and to support their annual fashion show.

·                     Shoes & Clothes for Kids, Inc. located in Cleveland, was awarded grant funds to purchase shoe gift cards for disadvantaged children in Greater Cleveland.   SC4K is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes to thousands of children in need at no charge throughout the year. Through a network of 35 distribution partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes.  This grant application was endorsed by McDonald's Owner/Operator Margo Karos, owner of several McDonald’s Restaurants in Greater Cleveland.

·                     Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Center located in Ashtabula, was awarded grant funds to purchase equipment and items to support their Early Education Program and Playground Improvement Project.  The Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Center is a private, non-profit agency that is dedicated to serving both children and adults who suffer from communication or developmental delays and disorders.
Through programs of speech therapy, audiology, occupational therapy, developmental preschool and community outreach and education, the Center assists its clients in reaching their maximum potential.  This grant application was endorsed by McDonald's Owner/Operator Allen D. Smith, owner of McDonald’s Restaurants in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties.

·                     UNCF/The College Fund was awarded funds to support their annual golf outing.

            RMHC-NEO’s mission is to support the Ronald McDonald House® programs in Akron and Cleveland and help children by awarding grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations whose programs improve the quality of life for children and their families in Northeastern Ohio.  Founded in memory of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, RMHC-NEO awards grants to organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt status whose programs benefit children in the areas of health care, medical research, education, the arts, and civic and social service. 

            Since the chapter formed in 1987, more than $7.2 Million has been awarded to children's programs across Northeast Ohio, including ongoing financial support of the Ronald McDonald Houses in Akron and Cleveland and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.  Grant requests are considered for tax-exempt organizations within the 20 county area represented by McDonald's Restaurant Owner/Operators in Northeast Ohio.  The Board of Directors meets three times a year to award funding.  Grant application deadlines are early April, early August and early December.  For more information, contact Ann Newman, Executive Director, at 216-986-0855, at email Director@rmhc-neo.org or visit the web site at http://rmhc-neo.org.

 

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SC4K Earns Fourth Consecutive 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator
Friday, April 23, 2010

Shoes and Clothes for Kids Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fourth Consecutive Year

(CLEVELAND), April 20, 2010 –

 

Shoes and Clothes for Kids is proud to announce that it has earned the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities, for the fourth consecutive year. This honor is achieved by only 8% of the nation's charities.

Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that SC4K excels, as compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the finances of the organization in an efficient and effective manner.
According to the letter received from Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator, “Shoes and Clothes for Kids consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Shoes and Clothes for Kids from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

 

In addition to receiving a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, SC4K is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, meeting all twenty of the BBB’s standards for Charity accountability. Of every dollar donated to Shoes and Clothes for Kids, $0.92 goes directly to the programs and services that benefit the children served.

 

                                                                               

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Shoes and Clothes for Kids and Moxie, the Restaurant Host 3rd Annual Fool’s Frolic Fund-raiser
Friday, January 29, 2010

WHAT:              Fool’s Frolic, an evening of foolishly good fun to benefit Shoes and Clothes for Kids hosted by Moxie, the Restaurant.

 

WHEN:             Thursday, April 15, 2010, VIP Reception 5:30–6:30 p.m., 6:30–9:30   
                        p.m. Event

 

WHERE:           Moxie, the Restaurant - 3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, OH 44122

 

FEATURES:      Frolic with SC4K on Tax Day! Go directly to Moxie to take a ride on the “Fool’s Frolic” railroad. This one-of-a-kind Monopoly-themed adventure includes fine fare, libations and live entertainment with food stops along the way at Mediterranean Avenue, Pacific Avenue, Oriental Avenue, and of course a stroll on the Boardwalk. The menu features a variety of decadent food creations by Moxie that will delight your taste buds. Plus, VIPs will be treated to New York Avenue delights including caviar, oysters and lobster while sipping on martinis.  

 

                        Raffle grand prize is a trip to South Beach to experience the Red The Steakhouse restaurant. Includes round-trip airfare for two, courtesy of Continental Airlines, and a two-night stay at the luxurious, Eden Roc, a Renaissance beach resort and spa, among other fabulous prizes. Raffle tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100. Winner need not be present.

 

TICKETS:         Admission is $100 per person ($48 tax-deductible) or $150 per person for VIP ($98 tax-deductible). VIP includes exclusive pre-event food tasting, entertainment and martini bar. Event and raffle tickets can be reserved by calling Shoes and Clothes for Kids at 216.881.7463, ext. 4 by Friday, April 9th. Space is limited. All guests will receive complimentary valet parking. Sponsorships are available, call 216.881.7463 x. 4 for more information.

 

SPONSORS:     Deal-Makers: Fairmount Minerals and Forest City Enterprises

Hoteliers: Huntington, Glenmede and Strassman Insurance

Proprietors: Melamed Communications

 

Shoes and Clothes for Kids Announces the Election of Officers and New Members
Monday, January 11, 2010

The following individuals were elected as officers for Shoes and Clothes for Kids for 2010:

  • Chair – Terence J. Uhl, Executive Vice President, Landau Public Relations
  • Chair Emeritus – Allan C. Krulak, Vice President and Director of Community Affairs, Forest City Enterprises
  • Life Director – vic gelb, vgi inc.
  • Life Director – Rockette L. Richardson, Vice President/Director of Community Investment, Charter One Bank
  • Vice Chair - William R. Joseph, Partner, Weston Hurd
  • Secretary – Stephanie McHenry, President-Cleveland Region, ShoreBank
  • Treasurer – A. Lamont Mackley, General Manager, Another Level Resources

Shoes and Clothes for Kids elected the following individuals to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors beginning in January, 2010:

  • J. Stefan Holmes – Senior Vice President and Public Funds Officer, First Merit Bank
  • Darrin M. Redus, Sr. – Chief Economic Inclusion Officer/President, Jump Start Inc.
  • Hallie Rich – Senior Consultant, BrownFlynn
  • Karla M. Rogers – Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • Tracy A. Turoff – Senior Associate Attorney, Roetzel & Andress
  • Eric Von Hendrix – President, MWV Pinnacle Management Company
  • Michael Zitzelsberger, Jr. – District Plant Engineering Manager-Ohio District, UPS
 

Holiday Donations to SC4K Help Area Children
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Many area companies and organizations are giving back to the Greater Cleveland community this holiday by making generous in-kind and financial contributions to Shoes and Clothes for Kids or volunteering in our warehouse.

The employees at Hyland Software in Westlake collected over 150 pairs of brand-new children's shoes or boots and socks at their holiday party this year. Hyland has donated shoes to SC4K for several years in a row.

Consumer's Life Insurance Company, a division of Medical Mutual, made a surprise holiday donation of $1,500 to SC4K.
 
Melamed Riley Advertising gave SC4K a surprise $1,000 donation in lieu of sending holiday gifts to their clients this year. The creative team that works on our annual Back to School advertising campaign presented SC4K with a giant holiday card just like the smaller ones they sent to clients to inform them of their support of SC4K.
Light of Hearts Villa, a senior residential facility in Bedford, had a holiday party and staff collected donations of winter accessories from family members of residents to donate to SC4K. The Happy Hookers Knitting Club in Beachwood knitted 25 warm winter cap and scarf sets for children. Several other groups, like The Plain Dealer and New Clevelanders, also collected new children's clothing, shoes or holiday gifts to donate to SC4K this winter.

On December 18, over 50 high school students and teachers from St. Ignatius in Cleveland and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Mentor volunteered at our warehouse. The group of volunteers counted and packed items from our recent purchase of new clothing to be ready for distribution next year. The students were very energetic and accomplished a lot in their half-day of service.

In addition to our normal distribution of Payless shoe gift cards, Shoes and Clothes for Kids also participated in the 2009 Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids Program, a grass roots campaign to deliver $1.2 million in free shoes to children of families in need. SC4K received a donation of 200 Payless gift cards to distribute this holiday season. SC4K gave the gift cards to children in the permanent custody of Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, with help of our friends (and neighbors) at the Adoption Network of Cleveland. The county's foster children were delighted to receive the cards and the hope of new shoes to wear this winter.
 
We thank these and all of our generous supporters, for helping SC4K end our 40th anniversary year in a special way.
 

SC4K and UPS Team up for Annual “Care Day” to Deliver Shoes and Clothes
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Shoes and Clothes for Kids distributes new children’s clothing and Payless gift cards through a network of partners, which include selected sites from the Boys and Girls Clubs, Neighborhood Centers Association, West Side Ecumenical Ministry and Pastors in Mission Churches. Every other month, partner sites stretch their limited resources to pick up clothing items from the SC4K warehouse to distribute to children served by their organizations.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, SC4K, with the generous support of UPS vehicles and volunteers, rewarded our distribution partners who gave so generously of themselves this past year by delivering the clothing items and shoe gift cards directly to the partner locations, saving them valuable time and resources. This third annual "SC4K Care Day" event is held in conjunction with UPS Global Volunteer Month, which is an extension of the long-standing commitment to volunteerism and is the year’s culminating event for employee volunteers. For the past four years, thousands of UPS employees in more than 45 countries have helped paint schools, assist food banks, renovate shelters and complete many other tasks in their communities.
 
Volunteers from UPS and the Associate Board of Shoes and Clothes for Kids loaded boxes of clothing into UPS vehicles for delivery to all 35 SC4K distribution partner sites. The delivery included 17 boxes of brand new clothing and Payless shoe gift cards per site for distribution to the children of Greater Cleveland.
 

Scott M. Simon Honored with Morrie Sayre Founder's Award
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Scott M. Simon, Vice President at North Pointe Realty, was presented with The 2009 Morrie Sayre Founder’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism to Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) at the annual SC4K Heart & Sole Luncheon on Monday, October 19 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The award is presented annually to an individual and/or organization that has given selflessly to SC4K as a volunteer and exemplifies the standards of giving, integrity and commitment to improving the lives of children in Greater Cleveland set forth by Morrie Sayre when he founded SC4K (then Shoes for Kids) 40 years ago.
Scott Simon has been a volunteer on the SC4K Board of Directors since 2004. Scott took an active role in the formation of the Associate Board of SC4K in 2005, leading two planning sessions with area young professionals, determining the structure of the board and recruiting the first young professionals to serve as Associate Board members. In 2007, Scott helped lead the Associate Board in a strategic planning process which helped position the SC4K Associate Board prominently in the community.
 
Ready to take on the next challenge, Scott led the establishment of our newest annual fund-raising endeavor, Fool’s Frolic- a Jester Gesture of Giving for SC4K at Moxie, The Restaurant. Since 2008, Scott has chaired the planning committee for the event, helping SC4K create one of the most fun and entertaining fund-raisers in town. In addition to his important leadership roles with SC4K, he also acts as an ambassador and spokesperson for SC4K, participating in grant interviews, television and radio promotions and encouraging SC4K to engage in new social media to reach new young professionals.
 
Beyond his volunteer role with SC4K, Scott is very active in the community, lending his leadership and fund-raising expertise to many non-profit social service agencies, including the Jewish Community Federation, Cleveland Bridge Builders, Bellfaire, Montefiore Housing Corp., and Siegal College of Jewish Studies.
 

Annual SC4K Heart & Sole Luncheon Honors U.S. Senator George Voinovich on October 19
Friday, September 25, 2009
Cleveland, OhioShoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) will be honoring United States Senator George V. Voinovich for his commitment to improving the lives of children and families at the 2009 Heart & Sole Luncheon presented by Time Warner Cable. This annual event which is SC4K’s largest fundraiser will be held Monday, October 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square. Golden Shoe Sponsors include Fifth Third Bank and Forest City Enterprises. SC4K Board members Allan C. Krulak, Jim Mason, Rocky Richardson and Terry Uhl are Honorary Chairs of the event, with vic gelb serving as Master of Ceremonies.
A special VIP reception will be held preceding the luncheon from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Whitehall Room at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. The VIP reception will include Senator Voinovich, distinguished members of the Cleveland community and SC4K boards.

The SC4K Heart & Sole Luncheon, presented by Time Warner Cable, includes lunch, entertainment, and a raffle, as well as a special presentation to Senator Voinovich. As volunteers play a vital role in the work of the organization, a special volunteer will be recognized at the Luncheon and presented with The Morrie Sayre Award for Outstanding Volunteerism. Individual patron tickets are $150. Individual benefactor tickets are $250, which include priority seating and program recognition.

2009 marks SC4K’s fortieth year of service to families in the Greater Cleveland community. This Heart & Sole Luncheon will commemorate this special anniversary. The organization is pleased to welcome back past Golden Shoe Honorees, including Allan C. Krulak, Irving B. Fine, Carolyn Brown, and James L. Mason, and honor the many dedicated volunteers who have worked to improve the lives of Greater Cleveland’s families and children in need.

Golden Shoe Honoree, George Voinovich, is one of Ohio’s most distinguished public servants. His career in public service began in 1963 when he was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio. He later served a state representative, Cuyahoga County Commissioner, County Auditor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Ohio. In 1979, he was elected Mayor of Cleveland, serving as mayor for 10 years. In 1990, he was elected Governor of Ohio and served for two years. In 1998, Voinovich was elected to the United States Senate and was re-elected to a second term in 2004.

Senator Voinovich has been called “one of the most humble and hard-working members of the U.S. Senate” and he has received numerous awards for his work to strengthen the business climate in Ohio and the nation. Senator Voinovich has been a longtime supporter of SC4K’s mission and he currently serves on the organization’s Advisory Committee. Of all he has accomplished, George Voinovich counts his family – his wife Janet, his three children and his seven grandchildren – as his greatest gifts in life.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids is the only nonprofit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes at no charge throughout the year to thousands of children in need. Through a network of 35 distribution partners, SC4K positively impacts the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes and clothes. In 2009, SC4K will distribute new clothing and Payless shoe gift cards with a retail value of more than $1.8 million, in large part due to the proceeds from the Heart & Sole Luncheon. For more information, visit www.sc4k.org or contact Carolyn Sekerak, Director of Communications at 216.881.SHOE (7463), ext. 1.

 

09/09/09 is SC4K Day at Progressive Field; Help Fill the House and Stuff the Bus
Thursday, September 24, 2009

(CLEVELAND), September 9, 2009 – Today, Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K), a local non-profit organization that provides new shoes and clothes to thousands of children in need free of charge, is the beneficiary of two exciting initiatives that have engaged Greater Clevelanders, Fill the House at Progressive Field and Stuff the Bus at nearby Gateway Plaza.

SC4K is proud to be one of 13 charities selected to take part in the Cleveland Indians’ Fill the House for Charity Competition. SC4K supporters are filling Progressive Field today as the Indians take on the Texas Rangers at 12:05 p.m. Through the generosity of the Cleveland Indians, SC4K will receive $5.00 for every game ticket purchased through this program and an additional $1.00 for every ticket sold to today’s game.

Discounted Upper Box Seat tickets to the game were sold at the Indians’ Fill the House web site at http://www.indians.com/fillthehouse and the event was heavily promoted on the site as well.

A generous sponsorship from Fifth Third Bank allowed SC4K to purchase 750 tickets which for high-achieving school children from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to experience the game.

According to Executive Director, Valerie McCormack “SC4K is honored to be selected as a Fill the House Charity. The funds raised through this exciting program will help thousands of children gain the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having something new to wear.”

Today, SC4K will have a definite presence at the ball park beyond the 700 Cleveland youths attending the game. Select members of the Cleveland School’s All City Choir performed the national anthem, Steve Sossbee, an SC4K supporter will threw out the Ceremonial First Pitch, and the scoreboard featured a short video about SC4K, and during the bottom of the 7th inning SC4K participated in an on-field check presentation with the Indians.

Meanwhile, outside the ball park on Wednesday community members helped SC4K Stuff the Bus with new school supplies, clothing, shoes, and monetary donations to help Greater Cleveland’s children in need prepare for the school year. The 4rd Annual Stuff the Bus for Cleveland’s Kids donation drive, was generously sponsored by Dominion with support from Downtown Cleveland Alliance and BOMA Greater Cleveland.

A full-size school bus from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities was parked on Gateway Plaza between Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena and accepted donations from 8:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.

Donated items included polo shirts, pants, jeans, socks, shoes, belts, underwear, backpacks, and school supply items (paper, notebooks, pens/pencils, rulers, binders, glue, calculators, crayons/markers, hand sanitizer and tissues). Monetary donations to SC4K were also accepted. In the past month, a dozen area companies have been hosting collection drives in their offices and came to the bus to donate items. These include Key Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Dominion and Melamed Riley Advertising, among others.

According to SC4K executive director, Valerie McCormack, the organization “requests donations of new items only, which is a critical part of Shoes and Clothes for Kids’ mission to positively impact the lives of area children by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes, clothing, back packs and other essential school supplies.”

Items collected during the Stuff the Bus campaign will be distributed to children in need through the SC4K distribution network of 35 partner agencies to ensure that every child returns to school with what they need to succeed. Monetary donations will be used to purchase shoes, clothing, and school supplies, at pennies on the dollar, to enhance our back-to school efforts.

Individuals interested in supporting the Stuff the Bus or Fill the House events are encouraged to visit www.sc4k.org or call 216.881.7463 for more information.

 

Kleats 4 Kids Donates 128 Pairs of New and Restored Athletic Shoes to SC4K
Thursday, September 24, 2009

For the third year, Shoes and Clothes for Kids has received a generous donation of new and reconditioned cleats from Kleats 4 Kids in August. Kleats 4 Kids is an organization that was founded by local student Andrew Pohly, a native of Willoughby and a freshman and the University of Pennsylvania this fall. Kleats 4 Kids works to provide new or reconditioned athletic shoes of all varieties to underprivileged youth athletes.

Pohly was playing football at Gillmour Academy several years ago when he noticed many players on the opponent's teams were wearing basketball shoes instead of football cleats. Inspired to do something to help, he founded Kleats 4 Kids and enlisted the help of his follow students to conduct shoe drives, recondition used shoes and raise money to purchase new shoes. Eventually, Pohly ran a student organization at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover Massachusetts, while attending school there and he recently filed the paperwork to make Kleats 4 Kids a full-fledged 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Ohio.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids distributed the cleats to child athletes through the Boys and Girls Clubs. Several of the clubs are members of the SC4K distribution partner network.

 

2009 Cleveland Browns Back to School Campaign to Benefit SC4K
Friday, August 07, 2009
Once again, The Cleveland Browns have partnered with SC4K to sponsor the 2009 Back to School Campaign. A generous donation of $15,000 from the Cleveland Browns Foundation will help SC4K distribute double the amount of gift cards during the August distribution. These cards will help children in need purchase new athletic shoes as they go back to school. To kick off the campaign, 75 children who receive services from SC4K will attend Cleveland Browns Training Camp later this month and each will receive a backpack full of school supplies and a shoe gift card and the opportunity to meet Browns players!  

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