2024 Class Induction Event
The 2024 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame will be inducted on Tuesday April 23, 2024 at Windows on the River. Doors open at 5 PM and the event starts promptly at 6PM.
Over 90 worthy candidates were submitted to be considered. Previous inductees of the CIHF were asked for input and a committee worked hard to whittle that number down to the 6 in the 2024 Class. And what a Class it is!
Clicck on a name (below) to see a photo and bio of the inductee.
- Dona Brady (Albanian)
- Ambassador Edward Crawford (Irish)
- Veronica Dahlberg (Mexican and broader Hispanic)
- Dr. Eugene Jordan (posthumous) (African-American)
- Erika Puussaar (Estonian)
- Johnny K. Wu (Chinese and broader Asian)
We encourage you to sponsor a table for your group, company or organization. This provides extra benefits, including reserved seating and recognition. You have the opportunity to congratulate/thank one or more of the inductees and help sponsor the Cleveland International Hall of Fame at various levels and be featured in the collector’s item book that each attendee receives.
We offer varying levels of support (from Table Sponsor to Platinum Sponsor) and program book ads that are sure to fit any budget.
Cleveland International Hall of Fame
What a Night!
Seated: Georgine Welo, Mike Polensek and Pat Dowd
Not pictured: Joyce Mariani
Over 450 people (with a waiting list) attended the 2023 induction ceremony. Both the 60 page collector’s edition book and room SOLD OUT!
The 2023 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame was selected from 84 worthy nominations. The list of nominees was sent to previous inductees of the CIHF for their input. The 2023 Class consists of:
- Pierre Bejjani (Lebanese heritage)
- Pat Dowd (Irish)
- Joyce Mariani (Italian)
- Councilman Mike Polensek (Slovenian)
- Sudarshan Sathe (Indian)
- Mayor Georgine Welo (Serbian)
Click on their name (above) for a photo, bio and pictures and videos of their induction.
The Induction Dinner ceremony was held on Tuesday April 18, 2023 at Windows on the River. TV3 News Anchor Carmen Blackwell was the MC and Cleveland Bishop Edward Malesic gave the invocation. There were remarks from Albert Ratner, Cleveland City Council President Blaine Griffin and Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne.
Save the Date! The 2024 Inductions will be Tuesday April 23, 2024 at Windows on the River.
Submit your nominations for the 2024 Class now! To be considered for induction the person must have made a significant and lasting contribution to a particular ethnic group or the broader ethnic communities of Cleveland and NE Ohio. Self-nominations are acceptable. The list of nominees will be sent to previous inductees of the CIHF for their input. The 2024 Class will be announced this Fall.
2022 Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.
Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for both the 2020 and 2022 Classes of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
Covid-19 forced the always sold out induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We tried to induct the 2020 class virtually but it was not the same. So once we were able to gather together again, we included the 2020 class in the induction ceremony along with the 2022 class on June 7, 2022. The event at Windows on the River was a sell out and the 2020 class finally got their moment in the spotlight.
Seated (l-r) Anda Cook, Taras Szmagala
Standing – Victor Ruiz, Carl Robson MD
The 2022 honorees are:
In addition, we recognized the 2020 inductees who missed out on their ceremony due to Covid.
Seated (l-r) Margaret Lynch, May Chen, Valarie McCall
Standing Berj Shakarian, Joe Valencic, Ramesh Shah
Click on the name of the person above to view their photo, bio and see their induction into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
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