More than 230 guests came out to the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland on Oct. 28 and helped raise more than $183,000 for Hattie Larlham during this year’s 11th annual Circle of Caring.
Hosted by WKYC Meteorologist, Betsy Kling, this year’s Circle of Caring was the finale celebration of Hattie Larlham’s 50th anniversary. The night honored past Circle of Caring honorees as well as Hattie Larlham founders Hattie and Richard Larlham.
The money was raised through ticket sales, live and silent auctions and a raffle. Big-ticket items included weeklong getaways to Mexico and Sanibel Island, Fla. Special guest and speed painter Tim Decker was on hand to auction off pieces he painted live during the event, including portraits of John Lennon and former President John F. Kennedy. Each sold for $2,200.
The big winners of the night were the Hattie Larlham autism programs. More than $42,000 was raised to help fund programs like the Hattie Larlham Autism Preschool and the new supported living home, slated to open in early 2012.
The Circle of Caring is Hattie Larlham’s annual gala that honors people who go above and beyond to help people with developmental disabilities. Past honorees include Sen. Tom Patton, Super Lawyer Avery Cohen and Hattie Larlham Board of Emeritus Directors member Rudolph Garfield.
For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org.