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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STC Annual Meeting Celebrates Senior Mobility

The Senior Transportation Connection Annual Meeting on May 16 will be hosted by the E.J. Bohn Rose Center, 1667 Ansel Road in Cleveland. The Center is one of six Rose Center sites that use our services to bring local residents to lunch, socialize and enjoy activities. The event begins with a buffet luncheon at 12:30 pm. Each year, STC invites our supporters to visit a partner location like E.J. Bohn with us. The annual meeting features highlights from the prior year, comments from staff, clients and the Board of Directors. This year, we honor Howard Maier, who completes his term as Board Chairman. Please join us to celebrate his leadership and advocacy to support the mobility thousands of Cuyahoga County seniors enjoy with STC.

Help us Congratulate Board Chairman Howard Maier

Mr. Maier is the past Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), which oversees transportation planning, transportation-related air quality planning, and area wide water quality management planning by federal and Ohio mandates. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Ohio State University, a Master of City Planning from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Public Management from Case Western Reserve University. Space is limited and reservations are required. Free parking is available. There is no charge for this event, however contributions to STC are always welcome support for our services. To see a map and reserve your space today, click here.