The Cleveland International Hall of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our EIN is 30-0711052.
Incorporating board members are Dan Hanson, Debbie Hanson, William Carney, John Lewis, Mike Miller, Steve Owendoff and Albert Seymour. The board meets to conduct business and develop strategy. Your input is welcome.
Cleveland International Hall of Fame History
The Cleveland International Hall of Fame was established in 2010 by clevelandpeople.com to permanently recognize those individuals who have made a valuable and lasting contribution to our multicultural city and region and to inspire a new generation of leaders.
We believe that Cleveland is richer because of our diversity and that the tossed salad is preferable to a melting pot. In the tossed salad model, unique cultures are maintained and celebrated as we all live in the same big bowl, rather than the melting pot where all are supposed to blend into a homogenous mass.
The Cleveland International Hall of Fame inducted its first class on May 12, 2010. A sellout crowd of 300 listened to Albert B. Ratner give the keynote address.
Dan Hanson, President
Debbie Hanson, Vice-President
Albert Seymour, deceased. RIP Bert
Michael Miller, CPA, Treasurer
What’s Next for the Cleveland International Hall of Fame?
As a 501c3 non-profit organization the Cleveland International Hall of Fame can apply for grants and solicit donations. These funds will go toward plans to physically memorialize the inductees in an appropriate location as well as making the Cleveland International Hall of Fame sustainable.
We would like the physical home of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame to have representations of all the inductees. In addition we would like it to grow into a Museum that tells the story of Cleveland’s nationality groups. This could include costumes, flags, books, posters, artifacts and the like.
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We are always on the lookout for an appropriate building or space for the Cleveland International Hall of Fame so please let us know your suggestions.
We have already received some donated ethnic memorabilia for the physical Hall of Fame. Keep us in mind for your donations.
The Cleveland International Hall of Fame has become an important part of Cleveland’s calendar and legacy and we will continue working hard to make sure it continues for many years to come.
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The Friends of the International Hall of Fame
The Friends of The Cleveland International Hall of Fame are a group of incredible people who are committed to showing the world the wonderful diversity of Cleveland. With each passing year they help support our efforts to recognize outstanding achievements in the numerous minority communities of the city.
By becoming a Friend, you are also helping to spread awareness of the International Hall of Fame itself. Perhaps one day the International Hall of Fame will become as recognized the world over as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Please see our support us page for information on how to become a Friend of the International Hall of Fame.