2020 Cleveland Benefit Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Wednesday, March 4, to celebrate and support our work in Cleveland!

Throughout the morning we were moved by the stories of upstanders who are catalyzing change in Cleveland and around the world. Students Michelle and Lavell shared how a Facing History lesson challenged them to stand up for change in the classroom and at home, and Principal Chelsey Cook Kohn spoke about how embedding Facing History throughout her CMSD high school gave her students the skills to be in dialogue with people who don’t share their views.

As Ms. Kohn so simply stated, “In a world where hate is on the rise, we have a responsibility to prepare our kids to use their voice, andto stand up to bigotry and hate.

This breakfast is a significant source of support for our programs in Cleveland and across Ohio. If you have already made a gift, thank you! If not, it’s not too late to help us reach even more educators, providing them with the training and resources necessary to challenge their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.


When & Where

Stay tuned for infomation on the 2021 Cleveland Benefit!

2020 Honoree and Upstander Award Recipient: Frederick R. Nance

Frederick R. Nance is the Global Managing Partner at Squire Patton Boggs. Fred is a highly regarded legal and business counselor, nationally recognized Sports and Entertainment Law practitioner and a leader in the firm. His high-profile practice ranges from involvement in an ongoing series of critical negotiations involving community interests in Northeast Ohio to serving as business counsel to NBA star LeBron James and other notable athletes and entertainers. His ongoing civic involvement includes leadership roles with The Greater Cleveland Partnership, The Cleveland Foundation and The Cleveland Clinic.

The Facing History and Ourselves Cleveland Upstander Award recognizes groups and individuals who speak out against injustice and create positive change in their communities and around the world. In recognition of his lifelong commitment to social justice and civic leadership, which have fueled positive change in Cleveland and beyond, we are honored to present Fred Nance with the Facing History and Ourselves 2020 Cleveland Upstander Award.

2020 Sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2020 Cleveland Benefit Breakfast:

Bronze Benefactor

Patron Sponsor


Case Western Reserve University  |  CIBC  |  Frederick R. Nance
Huntington National Bank  |  HW&Co.  |  Nordson Corporation
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio  |  PwC  |  RPM International Inc.
Saint Ignatius High School  |  Ursuline College

Facing History and Ourselves is happy to speak with businesses, foundations, and individuals interested in sponsoring the next Cleveland Benefit Breakfast. Please contact Mark Swaim-Fox at [email protected] for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

About Our Work in Cleveland

Throughout Northeast Ohio, our network of over 4,000 middle and high school educators reaches more than 280,000 students in 475 public, independent, and religious schools. We offer educators academically rigorous resources and workshops on topics that include culturally responsive teaching, teaching current events, identity safe classrooms, immigration, and more in order to eliminate racism, antisemitism, bullying, and bigotry.

Learn More at the Cleveland Office Page

Cleveland Advisory Board

Amy K. Carlson,* Chair

Carolyn Arnold
Aneet Deshpande
James A. Goldsmith
Gregory A. Gumbs
Eduardo Kim
Garet Libbey
Jay Masurekar
Karen Nichols
Neal Restivo
Shelly Saltzman
Koyen Shah
Marcy Levy Shankman
Marjorie Simon**
Dr. Ranjit Tamaskar
Cynthia Tancer
Ingrid Tolentino
Lisa Vahey
Mary Ann Vogel
Marcia Wexberg
Khalilah Worley
Susan G. Block,** Emeritus
Holly Brooks, Emeritus
Howard Freedman, Emeritus
Joyce Glickman, Emeritus
Anne Conway Juster,** Emeritus
Amy Rogat, Emeritus
Loung Ung, Emeritus
Sally Wertheim, Emeritus
Trudy Wiesenberger, Emeritus

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

Contact Us

For more information please contact Mark Swaim-Fox at [email protected] or 216-321-9220 x222.

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