Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund announces latest round of grants

Partners award more than $220,000 in fourth cycle of Phase II grantmaking

CLEVELAND (Dec. 22, 2020) – The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund coalition announced today the most recent round of biweekly grants to support the nonprofit community. In total, $220,779 was awarded to nine organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Since the start of Phase II in mid-November, partners have granted nearly $1.8 million.

The latest round of grant recipients includes:

  • The City Club of Cleveland ($25,000): To support the City Club’s food distribution partnership with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, an effort that is producing 10,000 meals every week for Greater Cleveland’s homeless population
  • Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center ($25,000): To provide basic needs such as food, clothing, utility and housing assistance, as well as loaner laptops and personalized technical support for deaf clients, those with speech disorders, and their families in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties
  • Harvard Community Services Center ($35,000): To continue to serve homebound adults and families across the Lee-Harvard, Miles and Seville neighborhoods through the mobile delivery of care packages containing food and basic hygiene items
  • HOLA Ohio ($25,000): To facilitate access to medical care and unemployment assistance for the Latino and immigrant populations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, while also providing PPE and funds for help with basic needs including housing, bills, groceries and medicines
  • LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland ($21,779): To continue to provide food assistance, transportation, social-emotional support via tele/virtual community group meetings and programming, virtual wellness options, street outreach, and legal referrals and advocacy for the LGBTQ population in Greater Cleveland
  • Pregnant with Possibilities Resource Center ($49,000): To provide support and transportation assistance to help expectant and new mothers in Cuyahoga County access Making Opportunities Matter (M.O.M.) counseling and diaper distributions
  • Senior Transportation Connection (STC) ($15,000): To continue essential transportation operations that prioritize medical, dialysis and food access trips, while also purchasing enhanced PPE for older adults in Cuyahoga County with mobility needs and limited social supports
  • Slavic Village Development ($20,000): To provide funds for emergency housing repairs, emergency rental/mortgage assistance, food insecurities and transportation needs, PPE and health-related cleaning supplies funds to those facing housing instability or homelessness in the Broadway/Slavic Village neighborhoods
  • Ursuline Piazza ($5,000): To provide food assistance for HIV-positive residents in Cuyahoga County to help avoid food insecurity during the holiday season

Contributions to the second phase of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund total nearly $3.5 million, including support from new funding partner Evelyn B. Newell. Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the Fund. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, the second phase is currently accepting grant applications from eligible organizations serving Cuyahoga, Lake and/or Geauga counties. The Fund is designed primarily to support human service nonprofits with operational budgets of less than $20 million. The Fund partners encourage collaborative proposals that involve multiple organizations within similar sectors or neighborhoods working on shared issues, with a focus on basic needs, family supports, PPE, testing and contact tracing.

Grants during Phase II of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund are awarded every two weeks and will continue for one year. Awards range in size from $5,000 to $100,000, with a maximum grant amount of $100,000 for any nonprofit organization throughout the current cycle ending Oct. 31, 2021. Organizations that were funded during Phase I (between March-July 2020) are eligible to apply for additional funding. Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution.

For more information or to donate, visit ClevelandFoundation.org/Response.

Facebook awards $1 million to Cleveland Black Futures Fund

Now over $4 million, the Fund plans to open applications early next year for
Black-led and Black-serving social change organizations engaged in anti-racism work in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (Dec. 11, 2020) – Catalyzed by a $1 million grant from Facebook, the Cleveland Black Futures Fund today announced it has amassed more than $4 million since inception on Sept. 1 to invest in and strengthen Black-led and Black-serving social change organizations.

Today’s announcement is part of Facebook’s commitment to support Black businesses, creators and nonprofits. The Cleveland Foundation was one of 20 community foundations to receive funding as part of the California-based social media corporation’s announcement today. The Cleveland Black Futures Fund has received additional support from George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation ($50,000), The HealthComp Foundation ($60,000), Saint Luke’s Foundation ($150,000) and the Treu-Mart Fund ($100,000), as well as nearly $40,000 in individual donations.

“We’re excited to work with the Cleveland Foundation to help bring much needed funding to nonprofits that are serving and supporting the Black community in Greater Cleveland,” said Marcy Scott Lynn, Facebook director of global impact partnerships. “We’re providing funding directly to the Cleveland Foundation to build on its track record of supporting Black-led nonprofits and ensure that people locally are making the decisions about where these dollars are most needed and can have the most impact.”

The overarching goal of the Cleveland Black Futures Fund is to strengthen the ecosystem of Black leaders and Black-serving organizations in Greater Cleveland by providing intentional resources to help grow organizational infrastructure and capacity. Long term, the foundation aims to deepen the field of leaders working to dismantle systemic racism and advance the community towards racial equity.

In recent months, both the COVID-19 pandemic and the historic protests happening nationally and locally have prompted a bolder call to action to address systemic racism and its devastating effects in the Greater Cleveland community. While Cleveland is home to a dynamic network of Black leaders working on solutions to these problems, The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) has reported that significant inequities exist within the national philanthropic field at a time when outcomes and disparities for Black children, families and neighborhoods in many areas have widened.

The Cleveland Black Futures Fund also announced today the inaugural members of its advisory committee, which will guide the application parameters and grantmaking process. The seven-person group is comprised of community leaders working alongside foundation representatives:

  • Courtenay A. Barton, Program Director for Arts & Culture and Racial Equity Initiatives, Cleveland Foundation
  • Carrie Carpenter, Board Member, Cleveland Foundation
  • The Rev. Dr. Robin Hedgeman, Board Member, Cleveland Foundation
  • Constance Hill-Johnson, Board Member, Cleveland Foundation
  • Treye Johnson, Regional Outreach Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Shanelle Smith Whigham, Vice President, Sustainability & Social Impact, KeyBank
  • Timothy L. Tramble Sr., President & CEO, Saint Luke’s Foundation

“We thank Facebook, and all the foundations and individuals who have contributed to the Cleveland Black Futures Fund,” said Courtenay Barton, Cleveland Foundation program director for arts & culture and racial equity initiatives. “Dismantling systemic racism will require the cooperation of people in various capacities to all be committed to this long-term work. Just as there are visionary leaders on the ground creating new initiatives and responding directly to community needs, there are equally passionate people who can provide the resources necessary to get the work done. The Fund is a vehicle that can connect givers to doers.”

The Cleveland Black Futures Fund builds on the work of the African American Philanthropy Committee of the Cleveland Foundation (AAPC), which has promoted awareness and education about the benefits of wealth and community preservation through philanthropy since 1993. Established in 2010, the AAPC Legacy Fund supports a variety of organizations within the Black community of Greater Cleveland. The Cleveland Black Futures Fund will offer and additional pool of resources to complement the impact of the AAPC and its Legacy Fund.

The creation of the Cleveland Black Futures Fund came on the heels of a June vote by Cleveland City Council in which racism was declared a public health crisis, with the city required under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take action to eliminate disparities causing health issues. Cuyahoga County Council also passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and announced a Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity, to which Cleveland Foundation Senior Vice President for Program India Pierce Lee was appointed.

Additional details on the grantmaking process – including the application process and timeline – will be available in January 2021. For more information or to donate to the Cleveland Black Futures Fund, visit ClevelandFoundation.org/Futures.

Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awards more than $625,000 in third cycle of Phase II grantmaking

Partners have granted in excess of $10 million since Fund inception in March.

CLEVELAND (Dec. 8, 2020) – The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund announced today its third cycle of biweekly grants as part of its Phase II efforts to support the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community during the ongoing pandemic. In total, $625,684 was awarded to 14 organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, bringing the overall amount to more than $1.5 million in Phase II. This latest cycle represents a milestone of support; since the Fund’s creation in March, the community has now provided more than $10 million to frontline organizations during this unprecedented public health crisis.

Grant recipients for this cycle include:

  • Better Health Partnership ($35,000): To support staffing needs for the region’s Federally Qualified Health Centers Collaboration, enabling them to develop and implement COVID-19 testing strategies to bolster testing in locations where risk of infection is high
  • Community Service Alliance ($40,050): To continue to provide safe and supportive housing, job assistance, and life skills training at four locations on Cleveland’s near west side for men transitioning to independence and self-sufficiency from poverty, homelessness and addiction
  • Greater Cleveland Congregations ($50,000): To continue to work in conjunction with UnitedHealthcare to bring COVID-19 testing sites for four weeks to the Slavic Village, Lee-Harvard and Glenville neighborhoods, while also developing a process to follow up with people who test positive for COVID-19 at these testing sites to ensure they can isolate safely without transmitting the virus to others
  • LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County ($48,654): To continue to provide food assistance and expanded virtual options for community group social-emotional support meetings and wellness programming in Lake County
  • Lake County Free Clinic ($15,000): To expand case management services and provide COVID-19 safety kits, while continuing to provide essential medical care to uninsured and under-insured individuals in eastern Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties
  • Lakewood Community Services Center ($50,000): For additional staffing needed to continue its zero-contact food delivery and distribution system for individuals and families in Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake who are facing food insecurity
  • Little Africa Food Cooperative ($60,000): To continue to deliver the needed equipment, supplies, information and food to seniors, mentally and physically disabled residents and homeless populations on Cleveland’s near east side
  • Neighborhood Connections ($120,000): To continue to provide grants ranging from $500-$5,000 to small nonprofit organizations, faith-based congregations, and grassroots and neighborhood civic groups throughout Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties for a broad range of essential human needs during COVID-19, such as healthy food, safe shelter, and to reduce social isolation. Since receiving its first round of funding on April 10, Neighborhood Connections has awarded nearly $680,000 to more than 200 groups and organizations.
  • Relink.org ($35,000): To conduct outreach events in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties in order to connect individuals struggling with opioid addiction to resources and services
  • St. Paul’s Community Outreach ($20,000): To continue to provide rent and utility assistance, while also distributing PPE and household cleaning items for at-risk and low-income residents in the Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods on Cleveland’s near west side
  • Spanish American Committee ($18,500): To give food, utility and rental assistance stipends to low-income and elderly Latino populations in Greater Cleveland, while also providing clients with emotional and mental health resources and crisis financial planning assistance
  • West Park United Church of Christ ($36,000): To continue to support the organization’s food pantry and delivery programs for vulnerable populations in Cleveland’s West Park, Kamm’s Corners andPuritas-Longmead neighborhoods
  • Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN) ($15,480): To work with community members to identify the needs and challenges related to testing, treatment and vaccination, and to advocate for better care for low income populations in Cuyahoga County
  • YWCA Greater Cleveland ($82,000): To continue to provide basic needs, food security, and on-site and remote case management at Permanent Supportive Housing for formerly homeless and low-income women at two locations in Cleveland

Contributions to the second phase of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund have already exceeded $3.3 million, including a gift from new funding partner The Payne Fund. Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the Fund. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, the second phase is currently accepting grant applications from eligible organizations serving Cuyahoga, Lake and/or Geauga counties. The Fund is designed primarily to support human service nonprofits with operational budgets of less than $20 million. The Fund partners encourage collaborative proposals that involve multiple organizations within similar sectors or neighborhoods working on shared issues, with a focus on basic needs, family supports, PPE, testing and contact tracing.

Grants during Phase II of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund are awarded every two weeks and will continue for one year. Awards range in size from $5,000 to $100,000, with a maximum grant amount of $100,000 for any nonprofit organization throughout the current cycle ending Oct. 31, 2021. Organizations that were funded during Phase 1 (between March-July 2020) are eligible to apply for additional funding. Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution.

For more information or to donate, visit ClevelandFoundation.org/Response.

Governor DeWine Announces CARES Act Funding to Support Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Ohioans Impacted by COVID-19

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced that the administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, is developing a package of more than $419.5 million CARES Act funding to help Ohioans. This package includes funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic.

“We know that Ohioans are hurting, and the needs are great. We must do what we can to help them through this crisis,” said Governor DeWine. “Providing financial support to small businesses, the arts, and nonprofits will help them keep the doors open and Ohioans employed. For Ohioans in need, this assistance will help them stay in their homes, which can make all the difference.”

The package is be taken to the State Controlling Board for approval on Monday, October 26.

The package includes $125 million in CARES Act funding to provide grants to small businesses with no more than 25 employees. The grant funding will help businesses pay for a variety of expenses, including mortgage or rent payments; utility payments; salaries, wages, or compensation for employees and contractors; business supplies or equipment; and other costs. The application for the Small Business Relief Program will be available November 2, 2020 at businesshelp.ohio.gov.

“This is an incredibly trying time for small businesses. Many of them are struggling to keep the doors open and the lights on, and we need to help them get through this difficult time,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “I know from my discussions with small businesses around the state that the package we are announcing today will absolutely save businesses and jobs.”

With this package, the administration also is allocating $50 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to 47 Community Action Agencies to provide rent, mortgage, and water and/or sewer assistance to Ohioans in need. This assistance will help Ohioans pay outstanding balances back to April 1, 2020.

Ohio households behind on their bills with an annual income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for assistance. For a family of four, that is an annual income up to $52,400. Starting November 2, 2020, Ohioans will be able to apply for assistance through their local Community Action Agency. A list of agencies can be found atbusinesshelp.ohio.gov.

The administration will also designate $37.5 million of CARES Act funding for the Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund. This fund will be available for Ohio restaurants and bars struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited in the full use of their liquor permit.

Businesses with an on-premise consumption permit will be eligible to receive $2,500 per unique business location.  Businesses need to have an active on-premise permit as of close of business October 23, 2020.  Starting November 2, permit holders will be able to apply for assistance at  businesshelp.ohio.gov.

Additionally, the package allocates $62 million in CARES Act funding for rural and critical access hospitals as the response continues for the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding may be applied to additional costs associated with the ongoing pandemic, including

various safety measures, and the purchase of critical PPE for first responders.

“We are seeing a record-breaking number of hospitalizations throughout Ohio,” said Governor DeWine. “This is deeply concerning as we are nearing the winter season. COVID-19 is not slowing down, and continues to hit our rural communities hard.”

It also includes $100 million in CARES Act funding for higher education. This funding will support critical COVID-19-related services provided at Ohio’s universities and colleges, including expanding testing for students, faculty, and staff, and mental health services.   

“Our colleges and universities have done a great job at promoting the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff this fall,” said Governor DeWine. “We know that there is a greater need for mental health services, and this funding may be put towards expanding access to those services on campuses.”

In addition, $25 million CARES Act funding will be designated for nonprofits, and $20 million to support Ohio’s world-class arts organizations. These funds will be used for costs incurred throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

To date, more than $2.1 billion Coronavirus Relief Funds have been distributed to local governments, childcare, PPE, broadband access, and other critical areas in need of financial assistance. 

Today’s announcement is supported by several Ohio organizations, including NFIB, Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, Ohio Bankers League, and others. All quotes of support can be found on governor.ohio.gov.

Cleveland International Film Festival Has Been Reimagined!!

During this time when we are all striving to find new ways to connect, the Cleveland International Film Festival is happy to announce CIFF44 has been reinvented!

To kick things off, CIFF44 is carrying out the tradition of releasing the highly anticipated Festival trailer today, which would have marked Opening Night of CIFF44. Sponsored by Jinny and John Johnson, the trailer was produced and created by the brilliant minds at Fusion Filmworks and features the song Miles To Go from local musicians Astronymer and Jul Big Green. To view the CIFF44 trailer, please visit clevelandfilm.org.

The Festival will also be launching its annual Challenge Match. In these times of enormous financial uncertainty, supporting each other when and where we are able is invaluable. Regardless of the amount, we promise your support will make a vast difference in creating the Festival’s road forward. There are prizes at every level of support, including the much-sought-after Challenge Match lapel buttons. To donate, please visit clevelandfilm.org/donate. There you will find full information on Challenge Match prizes. Please accept our most sincere thanks for your kind consideration.

Festival supporters also have the opportunity to purchase CIFF44 merchandise! These limited edition collector’s items, designed by the creative minds at Type Twenty Seven and Fusion Filmworks, include everything from coffee tumblers to t-shirts. To purchase CIFF44 swag, please visit clevelandfilm.org/merch.

To add to the virtual festivities, CIFF will be releasing new podcast episodes of CIFF Speaks. Listeners can join hosts Dee Perry and Aaron Spears as they talk film, do a handful of CIFF giveaways, and even invite special guests to join them to discuss all things CIFF. Find CIFF Speaks at clevelandfilm.org/ciffspeaks or on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you subscribe to your favorite podcasts.

The Festival is also pleased to announce that in April we will present our newest program: CIFF Streams! This program will give subscribers access to their own CIFF44 experience in their own homes by presenting many of the feature and short films slated to be part of the CIFF44 line-up. Full information, including film details, pricing, and launch date, will be released soon. CIFF Streams is made possible with generous support from members of the CIFF Board of Directors.

For now, CIFF supporters are invited and encouraged to visit clevelandfilm.org/alums for a listing of CIFF film alums from the past three Festivals that are currently available for streaming.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Nine journalism collaborative projects share in more than $110,000 to address community information needs in Cleveland and Akron

Cleveland Foundation and Akron Community Foundation also partner to bring City Scrapers open-source technology to Northeast Ohio.

CLEVELAND (Dec. 19, 2019) – Akron Community Foundation, The Center for Community Solutions, the Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation and the Knight Foundation today announced more than $110,000 in journalism grants to address community information needs in Akron and Cleveland.

 

The funders came together to support hyper-local media, community organizations, resident media makers and legacy newsrooms as they collaborate to spark innovation, experimentation and learning. These projects are aimed squarely at supporting residents where information is needed most – at the neighborhood level – while also establishing new information partnerships in service to Northeast Ohio communities.

 

The priorities of this initial round of grantmaking were to:

             Create topic-based collaborative journalism projects that respond to community information needs and that explore and elevate solutions.

             Encourage media outlets to explore the strengths and resources already present in the region, and to build trust among these communities.

             Conduct restorative journalism that reframes community narratives to spotlight resident resilience and neighborhood progress, lifting up perspectives that are often not reflected in the traditional news media.

 

The nine collaborative efforts span 22 media organizations and individual journalists and nearly 30 community organizations. The projects included in the initial information needs cohort are:

 

  • Black maternal health & infant mortality – This project will use restorative journalism by empowering women in Cleveland to tell their first-person narrative via a number of channels, including written stories, radio and photography.
  • Witness protection and rights – This collaboration will help close a gap in understanding about the safety and rights of those who witness crime, while pushing for solutions that could promote a safer system in Cleveland.
  • Basic information needs in Woodhill Estates – This project will involve and inform residents of the 80-year-old public housing development on Cleveland’s East Side around pending changes as a result of a proposal to rebuild the estates.
  • Literacy – This collaborative will explore how media partners and other community organizations can come together to build a culture of reading at Charles Dickens Elementary School in Cleveland’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in order to address the K-3 literacy rate.
  • Food insecurity – With 59 percent of Cleveland residents living in food deserts, this project will provide a platform for residents in the MidTown, Glenville and Kinsman neighborhoods to tell their stories through a number of different channels. It will strive to better connect residents to food and other key resources around health and well-being.
  • Eviction – This collaborative will tackle the issue of eviction and tenant rights in Akron and Cleveland across a number of communication platforms from the perspective of both tenants and landlords, ultimately producing a tenant’s guide in both English and Spanish.
  • Infant mortality – This project will address the issue of infant mortality in Akron and Cleveland in a two-pronged approach: 1) educating traditional media audiences about how bias and racism play into the treatment of women of color; and 2) use storytelling across a number of social platforms to reach and inform the most at-risk residents of these two communities.
  • Basic information needs in Buckeye-ShakerSquare – By empowering the residents of the Buckeye-Shaker Square neighborhood via a central news hub and first-person storytelling, this collaborative aims to arm residents with the information necessary to advocate for their own well-being.
  • Safety and representation – This restorative journalism project will engage the residents of the Goodyear Heights neighborhood in Akron to elevate an unheard community perspective in regard to the importance of safety and representation at Reservoir Park Pool and access more generally to recreation opportunities.

 

City Scrapers Debuts in Northeast Ohio

Akron Community Foundation and Cleveland Foundation have partnered with Chicago-based City Bureau to bring the organization’s open-source City Scrapers technology to Northeast Ohio. It includes public meeting dates, times, locations and records from more than 150 government agencies at the city and county level in Cleveland and Akron, all standardized in a single location for the first time – and free and open to journalists and residents alike. To date, there is information on more than 1,600 public meetings and 1,700 official documents such as meeting minutes, agendas and notices for Northeast Ohio.

 

City Bureau was founded in Chicago in 2015 and expanded to Detroit in 2018. The organization’s mission is to “bring journalists and communities together in a collaborative spirit to produce media that is impactful, equitable and responsive to the public.”

 

Cleveland Browns 2019-20 Regular Season Schedule

The NFL has announced the Cleveland Browns 2019 schedule. 

Here is the complete regular season schedule: 

  • Week 1 – Browns vs. Tennessee Titans at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8. The game will be on CBS.
  • Week 2 – Browns at New York Jets on Sept. 16 at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. This will be the Browns’ first primetime game of the season.
  • Week 3 – Browns vs. Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 22 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. This will be the Browns’ second primetime game of the season and a Sunday Night Football game.
  • Week 4 – Browns at Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. on CBS. 
  • Week 5 – Browns at San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 7 at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. This will be the Browns’ third primetime game of the season and a Monday Night Football game. 
  • Week 6 – Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. The game will air on Fox.
  • Week 7 – BYE
  • Week 8 – Browns at New England Patriots on Oct. 27 for a 4:25 p.m. The game that will air on CBS. 
  • Week 9 – Browns at Denver Broncos on Nov. 3 for a 4:25 p.m. The game that will air on CBS. 
  • Week 10 – Browns vs. Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10. The game will air on CBS. 
  • Week 11 – Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 14 at 8:20 p.m on Fox. This will be the Browns’ fourth primetime game of the season and a Thursday Night Football game. 
  • Week 12 – Browns vs. Miami Dolphins on Nov. 24
  • Week 13 – Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 1. 
  • Week 14 – Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 8. 
  • Week 15 – Browns at Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 15. 
  • Week 16 – Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 22. 
  • Week 17 – Browns at Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 29. 

The Browns announced also announced their preseason schedule on Wednesday.

Cleveland Auto Show Calendar of Events

The countdown to automotive excitement has begun, and tickets are already on sale. The Cleveland Auto Show, presented by Huntington Bank, opens its doors on Friday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. at the I-X Center in Cleveland, running through Sunday, March 3.

There’s no other place to see virtually every vehicle the automotive industry has to offer, under one roof, on one floor. True to its history, the Cleveland Auto Show also offers a lot of family friendly events on its calendar.

Friday, Feb. 22: The Cleveland Auto Show officially opens to the public at 5:00 p.m. Friday night also features Dealership Employee Appreciation Night, presented by Spectrum Reach, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24: Cavaliers Mascot Sir CC will be in the Kia display from 1:00-2:30 p.m. to take photos. Monday, Feb. 25: Family Day, presented by Medical Mutual, is when kids 15 and under get in free.

We’ve got special appearances planned, including a visit from Cedar Point’s Snoopy from 4:00-7:30 p.m., who’ll bring a chance to win an overnight stay for four at Castaway Bay PLUS four Two-Day Any Day tickets to Cedar Point!

iHeart Radio will be live on-site for a Block Party from 5:00-8:00 p.m., where you can win great prizes and join a dance party with DJ Kyro! Chomps will be onsite from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Professor Wylde from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is bringing Interactive Animal Activities from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton will be signing autographs at the show from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in the GMC display.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: From 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the main concourse, Kaulig Racing is bringing their owner Matt Kaulig, Fox 8 News anchor Stefani Schaefer, 4-time UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, and 2018 Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon.

Thursday, February 28: The Cleveland Auto Show honors America’s warriors, veterans and first responders with free admission for Northern Ohio Heroes Day. Free admission is limited to an individual with valid identification and will not be extended to spouses, children or friends, however there is no geographic limitation. No matter when or where you served, or where you currently live, you are free to take advantage of the offer. Full details can be found at clevelandautoshow.com/heroes.

Later that evening, Pro Bowl alumni Linebacker Joe Schobert and OL Joel Bitonio will be signing autographs in the Honda display from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 1: Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova will be in the Kia display, signing autographs from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 2: Our 20th Annual Classic Car Show awards for “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” are presented at 2:00 p.m. Check out the Cleveland Auto Show’s Facebook page to help choose the winner!

Also that afternoon, the RAM display will host 92.3 The Fan’s Street Team, and on-air personality Ken Carman will be there between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Browns linebacker Joe Schobert will join the event from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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Sunday, March 3: Don’t forget to come back for the Grand Finale of the Cleveland Auto Show at 5 p.m. for the drawing of the Official Vehicle Giveaway, when two lucky winners each take home a 36-month lease of either a 2019 Honda Accord Sport or a 2019 Honda Ridgeline RT – the Official Vehicles of the Cleveland Auto Show. To be eligible to win, register at the Official Vehicle Giveaway booth near the West Entrance of the I-X Center.

THROUGHOUT THE SHOW

Check out the lineup of celebrities on wheels coming to the Show, all to be featured for the entire run of the show!

• Delorean “Time Machine” from Back to the Future

• The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo

• Mutt Cutts “Shaggin Wagon” from Dumb and Dumber

• 1970 off-road Charger from Furious 7

• Optimus Prime from Transformers: The Last Knight

• LEGO Chevy Silverado, inspired by The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Ride N’ Drives: Our Ride N’ Drives are wildly popular, and in addition to the indoor ride attractions Camp Jeep and the RAM test track which are returning this year, the Cleveland Auto Show will host Ride-N-Drive events from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, Ram, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Millionaire’s Row: This popular attraction, presented by Bernie Moreno Companies, will also be returning for 2019, larger than ever! This display never disappoints due to the “dream car” status of these high-line vehicles. The makes and models being featured this year are: Mercedes-AMG GT R, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Aston Martin Vulcan, Aston Martin DB11, Aston Martin Vanquish, Bentley Bentayga, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Rolls-Royce Dawn, Maserati Levante GTS, Maserati GTC, and Lotus Evora. (Subject to change.)

Classic Cars: One of the most popular family attractions of the Show, the Classic Car Show will be displayed in the South Hall of the I-X Center throughout the run of the show. Local owners show off their vehicles that are 25 years old or older, with the chance of being selected “Best of Show” or receiving the “People’s Choice” award.

Vehicle Giveaway: Register to win a 36-month lease of either a 2019 Honda Accord Sport or a 2019 Honda Ridgeline RT! Each day of the show, one finalist will be chosen and invited back on Sunday, March 3. Out of the ten finalists invited back, two Grand Prize winners will be selected. So, if you are selected as a finalist, your odds of winning are one in five this year!

About the Cleveland Auto Show

Show hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on opening Friday, Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for preteens and seniors. Children six and under get in free. Parking at the Cleveland Auto Show is always free courtesy of your franchised new motor vehicle dealers. Tickets are available online right now with no convenience fee at http://www.clevelandautoshow.com.

The Cleveland Auto Show marks the start of the spring selling season in Northern Ohio. Featuring pre- production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly one million square feet of exhibits. The Show also features an array of entertainment including sports and celebrity appearances throughout the show’s ten-day run. The Cleveland Auto Show is a consumer show and a favorite family tradition since 1903. Find us at facebook.com/TheClevelandAutoShow and @CLEAutoShow on Twitter.

Food Truck Season in Public Square Returns!

Food Trucks in The Square

The 2018 Food Truck Season in Public Square kicks off TODAYTuesday, May, 22ND. Food Trucks will roll into The Square every Tuesday through October 16th this year.

Each week will feature a new group of your favorite local Food Trucks. The trucks will park along Rockwell Avenue, just north of the Gund Foundation Green.

You can check Cleveland Public Square’s events calendar to find out which trucks will be serving up food during the lunch hour.

Each week will also feature live musicians, as well as the “For the Love of Cleveland” Speaking Series hosted by The City Club.

Here’s the lineup for the 1st week:

Slammin’ Sammys BBQ
Boca Loca Burrito Factory
216 Bistro
Superhero Food Truck
Krav Food Truck
Smooth Rider

Joe Thomas places a full-page ad in Friday’s (3/17) Plain Dealer to say, “Thank you, Cleveland.”

Thomas, 33, played every snap for the Browns since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft until he suffered a triceps injury in October 2017. The streak was ended at 10,363 snaps when he was forced to leave in the third quarter of a loss to the Tennessee Titans. The injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said in a statement. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”

The Browns announced plans to enshrine Thomas’ streak of 10,363 snaps in the team’s Ring of Honor in 2018.