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OUTSTANDING SENIORS HONORED WITH GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Annual Rose Centers' event raises funds to fight senior hunger, recognizes achievements of Richard Bogomolny, Michael Clegg, Pamela Davis, Joseph Garry & David Frazier, Dennis Lafferty, Grafton Nunes

Contact: Jeanne Hoban, 216.373.1686, jhoban@benrose.org

April 25, 2016

(Cleveland, OH) The Rose Centers for Aging Well, a subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, hosts the Golden Achievement Awards gala on Sunday, May 1st at The Country Club in Pepper Pike. The annual fundraising event, which begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 5pm, also includes fine dining and the presentation of the Golden Achievement Awards.

The Golden Achievement Awards recognize and honor select individuals, chosen for their outstanding contributions to the community, according to six specific categories.

LIFETIME ACCOMPLISHMENTS: RICHARD J. BOGOMOLNY

Bogomolny served as President of the Musical Arts Association (The Cleveland Orchestra), for eight years and was named Chairman in November 2002, a position he still holds. For decades, he has been active in Cleveland’s Jewish community. A former Vice President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, he received the Charles Eisenman Award for "Exceptional Civic Contributions," the Federation’s highest award. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and is a founding trustee of the Greater Cleveland Foodbank. Among his many awards, he received the Key to the City of Cleveland from Mayor Michael White and the Orchestra's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. Most recently, he provided the impetus and the oversight that created an unprecedented partnership among seven of the community's best known nonprofits to bring "Violins of Hope" to Northeast Ohio, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit based on violins that survived the Holocaust.

BUSINESS: MICHAEL A. CLEGG

Clegg was president of Ostendorf-Morris, a predecessor company of Hanna Commerical Real Estate, where he now serves as Senior Vice President. A native Clevelander, Clegg is a co-founder, former trustee and past president of Cleveland's Ronald McDonald House, is past-Chairman of the Leadership Cleveland Alumni from whom he received its Volunteer of the Year award in 1986, and is the past Chair of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He is also the founder of The Red Treehouse Program (originally called Tools for Today and Tomorrow), a statewide partnership between the Ronald McDonald House and Ohio Family and Children First that aims to improve life's journey for children with special needs, as well as for the families and professionals who care for them

MEDICINE: PAMELA B. DAVIS, MD, PHD

Davis is Dean, School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at Case Western Reserve University. A renowned physician and medical researcher, Davis became dean of the School of Medicine in 2007 after serving as interim dean during the previous year. She also holds the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Research Professorship. Previously Davis served as chief of the pediatric pulmonary division at Rainbow Babies and Childrens' Hospital and as director of the Willard A. Bernbaum Cystic Fibrosis Research Center at Case Western Reserve University. She has been a recipient of the Paul Di Sant'Agnese Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Rosenthal Prize for academic pediatrics, the Smith College Medal, and has regularly been named in "Best Doctors in America" and "Top Doctors." In 2014, Dean Davis was locally recognized as a Crain's Cleveland Business"Woman of Note." She also has been elected to the Association of American Physicians and inducted into both the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.

THE ARTS: JOSEPH J. GARRY & DAVID O. FRAZIER

David O. Frazier and Joseph J. Garry, Jr. have collaborated in the theatre for the past 49 years. They have created 30 original scripts and performed in theatres from New York to Budapest to Bombay. The couple received the Playhouse Square President's Award for their role in the saving of Playhouse Square—their record-breaking production of "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" was the major catalyst in the Playhouse Square restoration project. Frazier, who will be recognized posthumously, played over 150 leading roles in the theatre. He was honored by a Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatre from The Cleveland Play House and an Emmy Award for his six year run in NBC's children's show "Hickory Hideout." Garry has directed hundreds of plays and musicals and has been honored with numerous theatre awards including The Northern Ohio Live Award for Direction. He created the Theatre Department and the innovative Factory Theatre at Cleveland State University, from which he retired after 30 years as a Full Professor. Recently, he was inducted into the Cleveland Play House Hall of Fame. He is proudest of his honorary doctorate from his alma mater Baldwin Wallace University.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: DENNIS M. LAFFERTY

Dennis Lafferty is Vice President, Community Relations, Bernie Moreno Companies, where he advises leadership, maintains liaison with area public, private and nonprofit leaders, and administers philanthropic initiatives. Previously he had a 23-year career at Jones Day where he was Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Office. Lafferty began his career at the Greater Cleveland Growth Association (now Greater Cleveland Partnership) where he served as Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, and was a member of the team that founded Leadership Cleveland. He served as the program's first Executive Director. During his career, Dennis has played leadership roles in the development and subsequent renewal of the nation's only tobacco tax dedicated to arts / culture, the site selection and land acquisition for Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena, the expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International airport, and the development of the Rock and Roll Hall and Museum. Lafferty's civic contributions have been recognized with his receipt of a Key to the City of Cleveland, lifetime membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland State University's In Tribute to Public Service Award and inclusion as one of Crain's Cleveland Business "Top 25 Influencers."

EDUCATION: GRAFTON J. NUNES

During his tenure as President of the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), Nunes has overseen two years of increasing enrollment at the college, continuation of a highly successful capital campaign, renovation of the school's signature building, and new construction of classrooms and studio spaces. Nunes came to CIA from Boston's Emerson College, where he was founding Dean of the School of the Arts at Emerson. Prior to his time at Emerson, Nunes served for 22 years at Columbia University in positions of increasing responsibility, concluding his tenure there by serving as associate dean of Columbia's School of the Arts. Nunes is a graduate of Columbia University with an MFA in film history, theory, and criticism, and an MPhil in theater history and film studies. In addition to his work in higher education, Nunes has had an active career as a film writer and producer, including his production of the film The Loveless, directed by the 2010 Oscar winner for Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow.

Support of the Golden Achievement Awards helps the Rose Centers for Aging Well fight senior hunger. Funds raised through the event directly benefit low-income seniors in our community by providing home-delivered meals, access to services and social contact.

Last year, Rose Centers for Aging Well delivered more than 178,000 meals to homebound seniors, who are unable to leave their homes without assistance, shop for food or prepare meals. An additional 51,705 hot meals were served in the organization's seven community senior centers.

Tickets begin at $185. For tickets and information on sponsorship opportunities, visit www.rosecenters.org. Individual donations to the Rose Centers for Aging Well can be made online at www.benrose.org/donate.

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The Rose Centers for Aging Well is a subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. The Rose Centers provide meals to homebound seniors and in neighborhood centers and offers social and educational programs to seniors in the community.

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (www.benrose.org) is a national leader pursuing innovation in practice and policy to address the important issues of aging. Since its beginnings more than 100 years ago, Benjamin Rose has built a Cleveland-based nonprofit into a nationally recognized research organization, a highly regarded service provider known for caring for people with complex, long-term needs, and a policy-driven advocate bringing information from around the country to the larger network of agencies serving older adults in the Greater Cleveland community.