July Centennial Gift: Cleveland Foundation Day with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom on Sunday, July 20


As part of The Cleveland Orchestra’s 25th annual Star-Spangled Spectacular Concert tonight (7/2) on Public Square, music lovers will become part of the Cleveland Foundation’s year-long birthday celebration. The foundation’s July centennial gift to the community will be publicly announced live on stage while the Orchestra plays “Happy Birthday.”

Halfway through the concert, Cleveland Foundation Executive Vice President Robert E. Eckardt will join conductor Loras John Schissel onstage to announce that July’s gift will be Cleveland Foundation Day with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom.

On July 20, up to 15,000 Northeast Ohioans will be able to enjoy The Cleveland Orchestra concert featuring the music of Weber, Mozart and Shostakovich while sitting on the Blossom Music Center lawn – for free.

Tickets are required to attend the concert. With each of up to 5,000 free adult lawn tickets reserved, two additional free tickets for children 17 and under can also be reserved through the Orchestra’s Under 18s Free program for families. Ticketing will remain open until all lawn tickets have been reserved for the concert (click here after 10 a.m. July 7).

“Enjoying the world-class music of The Cleveland Orchestra under the stars in the beautiful park-like setting of Blossom is something that everyone in our area should experience,” Eckardt said. “We are so pleased our July centennial gift to the community will make these two community assets accessible to families across Northeast Ohio.”

The July gift celebrates the special role the foundation, through its donors, has played in helping support the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra and the ensemble’s ongoing commitment to play more music for more people across Northeast Ohio. In just the past four decades, the foundation has granted more than $38 million to the Orchestra, including a $10 million grant in 2013, the largest single grant to an arts organization in the foundation’s history.

“The Cleveland Orchestra is extraordinarily grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for making possible this special offer of music for Northeast Ohio,” said Gary Hanson, Executive Director of The Cleveland Orchestra. “We are honored to take part in celebrating the 100th anniversary of an organization so committed to the strength and vitality of Greater Cleveland. We owe special thanks to all those who support our region through the Cleveland Foundation, enabling the Orchestra and other arts organizations to create and sustain the thriving cultural community of Northeast Ohio.”

Cleveland Orchestra concertgoers at Blossom are welcome to bring food and beverages for picnics before the concert. Parking is free and shuttles transport visitors from the parking lots to the main gate. Ticketed concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early on July 20 for the 7 p.m. concert. Gates to the Blossom grounds will open at 4:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra is the 11th nonprofit organization the Cleveland Foundation has partnered with for its centennial gifts to the community. The gifts are meant to highlight organizations the foundation has played a role in establishing or enhancing throughout its 100-year history.

Concert Details:

Cleveland Foundation Day with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom
Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m.
Blossom Music Center
1145 West Steels Corners Road
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, piano

This Sunday evening concert features musical works created in three centuries — from Mozart’s final masterful and melodic Piano Concerto No. 27 (written in 1791) to Carl Maria von Weber’s dramatic Overture to Der Freischütz (1821), and concluding with Dmitri Shostakovich’s soul-stirring and powerful Symphony No. 5 (1937).

The Cleveland Foundation

Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2013 grants of $89 million. For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, visit http://www.ClevelandFoundation.org/purpose and follow us at Facebook.com/ClevelandFoundation or @CleveFoundation on Twitter.

May Centennial Gift: Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval


Following record-breaking attendance at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as part of its April centennial gift, the Cleveland Foundation has a May gift just as special to give to the community – Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval – will celebrate the longtime support the foundation has provided to four cultural institutions in University Circle: Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Western Reserve Historical Society. May 24 will be the first free Saturday ever for all four Wade Oval institutions, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

“We are pleased that our May centennial gift to the community will make the first-class institutions on Wade Oval available to all Greater Clevelanders,” said Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation. “This concentration of cultural institutions is unmatched anywhere in the world. As part of Memorial Day weekend festivities, we invite the community to take advantage of this cultural heart of our city.”

Each institution is offering something unique to visitors on Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval, in recognition of the nearly $50 million in collective support the foundation has provided them throughout the past 100 years.

Because the Cleveland Museum of Art always offers free admission, the Cleveland Foundation has made it possible for the museum to offer a special gift on May 24: all available public tickets to the Van Gogh Repetitions exhibition will be free for the first 500 visitors. The special exhibition is scheduled to close on May 25.

“The Cleveland Museum of Art is delighted to be among the great institutions included in Cleveland Foundation Day on Wade Oval,” said Fred Bidwell, interim director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Foundation have a long and rich history of collaboration, working to give back to the community. The museum is committed to meaningful community engagement, and we are grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for its significant support of our efforts.”

Cleveland Botanical Garden will debut its highly anticipated Nature Connects exhibit, which will feature 14 LEGO brick sculptures depicting plants and animals.

“This will be the first time the Botanical Garden is able to offer free admission on the opening day of a major attraction, and it’s thanks to our longtime partner, the Cleveland Foundation,” said President Natalie Ronayne. “We celebrate the foundation’s generosity to the Garden and the impact its support enables us to achieve in our community.”

As part of the Cleveland Foundation gift, free admission to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will include free entry to Shafran Planetarium for the first time ever.

“The Cleveland Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Museum, especially our education and science initiatives, and we are honored and delighted to be part of this historic celebration of Cleveland’s legendary cultural district on Wade Oval,” said Dr. Evalyn Gates, executive director and CEO. “The Cleveland Foundation’s gift to the community has allowed us to open a window into the universe through free admission to the Shafran Planetarium, and to invite the community to explore science and nature – past, present and future!”

For Cleveland Foundation Day, the Western Reserve Historical Society has extended its popular Dior & More – For the Love of Fashion exhibit through May 25. WRHS will have curators and experts available in the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection, as well as in other exhibits. Tour guides in the Hay-McKinney House and the Research Library will answer questions from visitors.

“Our mission includes sharing the history of Northeast Ohio with the public. This wonderful opportunity provided by the Cleveland Foundation means we will be sharing with many more people than we normally see in a day,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, interim CEO. “We hold in our archives the papers of the Cleveland Foundation, so we will select a number of beautiful examples from the early days of the foundation for the public to view in our Research Library.”

On May 24, University Circle Inc. will offer free shuttle service between the Wade Oval institutions and to/from both Louis Stokes VA Medical Center garages (the patient garage on Magnolia Drive and the employee garage on E. 105th Street), which will be free to Cleveland Foundation Day visitors. Visitors are being encouraged to carpool or take the RTA’s HealthLine to the Adelbert Road or Ford Road station. For more information, go to www.rideRTA.com

Many Greater Clevelanders have taken advantage of the foundation’s previous “Cleveland Foundation Day” gifts to the community. Cleveland Foundation Day on the RTA on Jan. 16 led to a 25 percent increase overall on RTA buses and trains. Cleveland Foundation Weekend on NorthCoastHarbor on Feb. 22 and 23 brought a record 16,450 visitors to Great Lakes Science Center, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s 8,000 visitors represented a 500 percent increase over a typical Sunday. March’s Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland International Film Festival drew the biggest Monday audience in the Festival’s 37-year history, with nearly 8,000 attendees. April’s Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo drew a record-breaking 35,700 visitors.


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2013 grants of $89 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.

For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, please visit www.ClevelandFoundation.org/Purpose and follow at www.Facebook.com/ClevelandFoundation or @CleveFoundation on Twitter.

4/26: Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


The Cleveland Foundation’s April centennial gift to the community – free admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26 – will include just-announced activities and entertainment in honor of Earth Day. As the first free weekend day for all Zoo visitors in almost 20 years, the Park District, the Zoo and the Cleveland Zoological Society are collaborating to make it a day to remember for local families.

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Radio Disney will be stationed at the Welcome Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get the party started, and special Zoo tours will be offered throughout the day.  Animal enrichment demonstrations, Meet the Keeper sessions, live animal shows, costumed mascot characters, Cleveland Metroparks NatureTracks, crafts and hands-on, interactive programs are just some of the special activities planned every hour for visitors.

Guests are encouraged to bring their used cellphones and aluminum cans for recycling at a collection area on the Zoo’s Welcome Plaza.  Visitors will also be invited to join the Zoo Team in creating a replica of the Earth using recycled plastic bags.

The Zoo is encouraging guests to stop by the Rising Waters Camp in the African Savanna area to leave a commemorative message in a Cleveland Foundation Memory Book created for the special day.

Visit  or www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo to see the full schedule of activities planned for Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Cleveland Foundation Day highlights:

10 a.m. Official start of Cleveland Foundation Day by Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Foundation President & CEO Ronn Richard, Executive Zoo Director Dr. Chris Kuhar and Cleveland Zoological Society Executive Director Liz Fowler at the main entrance

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Radio Disney on the Zoo’s Welcome Plaza

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Art performers on the Welcome Plaza

10:30 a.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the lion exhibit in the African Savanna

11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Meet the elephant keeper at African Elephant Crossing

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Elephant Crossing (weather permitting)

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Professor Wylde Live Animal Show in the Savanna Theater

11:30 a.m. Browse Garden tour at the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine

11:30 a.m. Meet the gorilla keeper at Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

Noon Animal enrichment demonstration at the fossa exhibit in the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

12:30 p.m. Meet the koala keeper at GumLeaf Hideout in Australian Adventure

1 p.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the grizzly bear exhibit in Northern Trek

1 p.m. Browse Garden tour at the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

1:30 p.m. Meet the keeper of the Puerto Rican crested toad at The RainForest

2 p.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the shark exhibit in the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

2:30 p.m. Meet the cheetah keeper at Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

3 p.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the sea lion exhibit in Northern Trek

4 p.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the swamp monkey exhibit in the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building