The Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, took time on Thursday, June 28 to engage with the wider greater Cleveland community as he attended the Celebration of Goodness Awards Luncheon held at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. A crowd of several hundred took part in the event honoring community leaders who represent the community’s commitment to goodness. Bishop Perez visited with attendees prior to the event’s start and then delivered an ecumenical invocation thanking God for the opportunity to gather in celebration of the gift of goodness in Northeast Ohio.
Those receiving the Sam Miller Goodness Award were: Chief Angelo Calvillo, Cleveland Division of Fire; Bill Denihan, Former CEO, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County and former Cleveland Public Safety Director; and Eric Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Carol Hoover, President and CEO, Hoover Milstein received the Arnold R. Pinkney Award for Civic Leadership and Ken Lanci, Chairman of Consolidated Solutions was awarded the Foundation Legacy Award.
Values-in-Action Foundation helps empower students and adults to build communities of kindness, caring and respect through programs that teach, promote, and provide skills and tools to enable individuals to make positive values-based decisions every day. Over the past 23 years, Project Love, a school-based programming project of the Values-in-Action Foundation, has been changing the way that students and educators communicate with each other. Through student workshops and seminars, Project Love has trained over 170,000 teens and 3,000 educators in over 300 schools to lead with kindness, caring and respect.