STC HONORS THE MT. SINAI HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION & MITCHELL BALK

CLEVELAND – July 12, 2017 – Senior Transportation Connection (STC) will honor founding funder The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and its President Mitchell Balk at the third annual STC fundraiser. The event celebrates their leadership in ensuring comprehensive, coordinated, efficient and affordable transportation is available to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Cuyahoga County. The event raises funds to purchase and maintain STC’s accessible vehicles.
Celebrating Connections, an evening honoring The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation & Mitchell Balk, is Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 6:30 pm at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. The evening includes dinner, cocktails, music, silent auction and raffle. Tickets start at $100 each and sponsorships are available. Emcee is WKYC-TV anchor Russ Mitchell. Honorary chairs are:
Hon. Armond D. Budish, Cuyahoga County Executive
Beth E. Mooney, KeyCorp Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Albert B. Ratner, Forest City Enterprises Co-Chairman Emeritus
Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University

STC was founded when local transportation providers began exploring coordinated services. “The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation was a leader in commissioning and funding research that identified how severely the lack of transportation impacted senior adults,” explained STC Executive Director Janice M. Dzigiel. “The Foundation was committed to establishing a solution, and bringing together many community leaders to do so. STC would not exist today without the vision of Mitch and the Foundation directors.”

Mt. Sinai President Mitchell Balk said, “We are proud to have played a role in allowing seniors to remain independent once their years behind the wheel have ended.”
Event honorary co-chairs are the past chairs of the Mt. Sinai Board of Directors: Leslie D. Dunn, vic gelb, S. Lee Kohrman, Keith J. Libman, Robert S. Reitman and current board chair Susan Ratner. Lois K. Goodman, STC board member and 2016 honoree, is event chair.
STC was initially funded through Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. Currently, 28 municipalities, Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), Rose Centers for Aging Well and other agencies contract with STC. “STC has its roots in communities and not-for-profit organizations that understood the significance of transportation for our constituents,” Ms. Dzigiel explained. “We are proud to be a model of collaboration that continues to attract new partners each year.”
Event proceeds support purchasing and maintaining STC’s wheelchair-accessible vehicles. For more information, call 216-265-1489.

Pictured: Mt. Sinai Board Chair Susan Ratner and President Mitch Balk check out one of STC’s new MV1 vans.

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