Induction Event is June 7!

Like so many others, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) had to cancel the 2020 and 2021 induction ceremonies due to the pandemic. But it is back and will be very special.

The 2022 CIHF induction ceremony will be held at Windows on the River on Tuesday June 7, 2022. Doors open at 5 with dinner and program at 6PM. TV3 anchor Russ Mitchell will be the MC and Bishop Edward Malesic will give the invocation and share his ethnic heritage story.

The 2022 honorees are:

Anda Cook, (Latvian)
Carl Robson, (Ethiopian community)
Victor Ruiz, (Puerto Rican)
Taras Szmagala, (Ukrainian)


In addition, we will recognize the 2020 inductees who missed out on their ceremony due to Covid.

May Chen (Chinese)
Margaret Lynch (Irish)
Valarie McCall (African-American)
Ramesh Shah (Indian)
Berj Shakarian (Armenian)
Joe Valencic (Slovenian)

Click on the name of the person above to view their photo and bio.

There will be special guests, music and an opportunity to sponsor Afghan, Ukrainian and other refugees and students to the event. Ethnic attire is encouraged.

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Russ Mitchell will MC the 2022 Induction Ceremony
Bishop Edward Malesic will give the Invocation

Rest in Peace Bishop Anthony Pilla

2015 Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee Bishop Anthony Pilla passed away on September 21, 2021. He served the Catholic Diocese and all of Cleveland with his special love for his Italian heritage and all the people.

Bishop Anthony Pilla
Bishop Anthony Pilla

Bishop Pilla and fellow inductee Sam Miller had a special realtionship. Here is the video of Sam Miller inducting Bishop Pilla.

Here is Bishop Pilla’s acceptance speech.

He will be missed. Rest in Peace Bishop Pilla.



2019 Class Inducted!

Over 100 worthy candidates were nominated for the 2019 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame and these 6 outstanding people (alphabetical order) were the 10th Class. They were inducted on April 16, 2019 in a dinner ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center downtown.  

Photos/videos of the 2019 Cleveland International Hall of Fame Inductions

2019 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Click on the name for a bio of the inductee as well as video of their induction and photos from the ceremony.

Congratulations to these 6 outstanding individuals!

You can also see photos of the honorees and some of the attendees on the 2019 Cleveland International Hall of Fame Photo Page.

Thanks to Channel 19 news anchor Chris Tanaka who served as MC for the induction ceremony. 

 

Chris Tanaka as MC of the induction ceremony
Chris Tanaka – MC of the induction ceremony

2019 Class interviewed in Cultural Gardens

Chris Tanaka did an interview with each of the 6 inductees of the 2019 class from the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Watch the video below.


RIP Sam Miller

Cleveland and the world have lost a great friend.

Sam Miller’s parents were poor Jewish immigrants from Russia and Poland. Their name was changed at Ellis Island. He became a great philanthropist helping Jewish, Catholic and other causes.

Sam Miller at 2013 induction

Sam Miller, Forest City co-chair emeritus, died March 7, 2019 at age 97. He will be missed greatly.

Sam Miller was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Wednesday May 8, 2013.

Photos and videos of Sam Miller’s induction.


Celebrating Cleveland’s Diversity

  • Mona Alag and Sudarshan Sathe
    Mona Alag and Sudarshan Sathe
    Mona Alag and Sudarshan Sathe
  • Jim Craciun and Councilman Matt Zone
    Jim Craciun and Councilman Matt Zone
    Jim Craciun and Councilman Matt Zone
  • August Pust and Marianna Miller
    August Pust and Marianna Miller
    August Pust and Marianna Miller
  • Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury
    Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury
    Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury
  • Ki Kim inducting his father Seung (Sam) Kim in 2017
    Ki Kim inducting his father Seung (Sam) Kim in 2017
    Ki Kim inducting his father Seung (Sam) Kim in 2017
  • Basil Russo with daughter and son-in-law
    Basil Russo with daughter and son-in-law
    Basil Russo with daughter and son-in-law
  • 2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
  • Dan Coughlin and 2016 inductee Jack Kahl
    Dan Coughlin and 2016 inductee Jack Kahl
    Dan Coughlin and 2016 inductee Jack Kahl
  • 2016 Inductee Khalid Samad and Director Blaine Griffin
    2016 Inductee Khalid Samad and Director Blaine Griffin
    2016 Inductee Khalid Samad and Director Blaine Griffin
  • 2016 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2016 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2016 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
  • 2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
  • 2011 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2011 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2011 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
  • Induction Dinner 2015 Kona Grant and members of the Scottish community
  • Induction Dinner 2015 Mona Alag and friends
  • Induction Dinner 2015 Jim Foster and Dick Pogue
  • Induction Dinner 2015 Gene Bak being presented flowers

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