Senior Transportation Connection (STC) will honor board member Gerald B. Chattman, Esq. at its fourth annual fundraiser, Celebrating Connections in October. The event celebrates his leadership in ensuring coordinated, efficient and affordable transportation is available to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Cuyahoga County.

Celebrating Connections will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 6:30 pm at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. The evening includes dinner, cocktails, music, silent auction and a program. Tickets start at $100 each and sponsorships are available. Emcee is WKYC-TV anchor Russ Mitchell.

As a partner with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, Chattman chairs its Nonprofit & Foundation Practice Group, working on formation, governance, labor and litigation. His legal career includes awards for expertise in nonprofit, labor relations, business and real estate. He joined the STC board in 2012 and served as treasurer from 2015-2018, guiding STC during its largest growth period since inception. “His unwavering faith in what STC can accomplish inspires us to new challenges!” STC Executive Director Janice M. Dzigiel said.

“I choose to support STC because it connects seniors to many other essential services and experiences,” Chattman explained. “Meals, medical care, social outings. STC preserves independence and choice for thousands of older residents who are able to live in their own homes.”

The collaborative mission of STC stands out to its guest of honor. “Transportation complements the mission of many nonprofits and human services that I have worked with in my practice,” he continued. “This community has a vibrant network of resources, and STC offers reliable access to it.”

Chattman is President of the National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise. He is a board member for the Rape Crisis Center, Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. He is Board Vice President and Trustee at The Temple-Tifereth Israel. He has chaired both State of Ohio and Northern Region National Office of Volunteers of the March of Dimes; and is a Past President and a Life Trustee for Bellefaire. He and his wife Winnie reside in Pepper Pike.

Event proceeds will purchase and maintain STC’s wheelchair accessible vehicles. “Last year, STC drove more than one million miles across the county, in all weather conditions. It was our busiest year yet,” Dzigiel reported. “This event helps us replace vehicles and keep them in top condition. Plus, we will name one in Jerry’s honor, to show our thanks for his advocacy for STC and our passengers.”

STC serves Cuyahoga County residents who need a ride to medical appointments, senior center meals, shopping and personal errands. The not-for-profit STC was founded in 2005 by funding from The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, United Way Senior Success Vision Council, Jewish Federation’s Community Services for Older Adults, and other foundations. Today, 20 percent of its operating revenue comes from charitable donations.

Partners include 29 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. Each pays most of the cost per trip. Riders pay a nominal portion of the fare.

“STC has its roots in communities and not-for-profit organizations that understood the significance of transportation for our constituents,” Dzigiel explained. “We are proud to be a model of collaboration that continues to attract new partners each year.”

For more information, call (216) 265-3008 or email Tickets are $100 and sponsorships begin at $1,000.


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Do you have trouble getting around because you don’t drive? Are you age 60 or older, or have disability? STC will take you to medical appointments, senior centers, grocery shopping and more! Senior Transportation Connection provides coordinated, efficient, affordable transportation for seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Cuyahoga County, Ohio. If you're an older adult or someone with disabilities, learn how low cost rides with STC can help.

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STC has accessible vehicles with ramps or lifts for easy, comfortable entry. “Door to door” assistance from trained drivers delivers exceptional customer service and a personal experience. When you reserve a ride, you will speak to a real person in our Cleveland-based Call Center -- No getting stuck in an automated menu, pressing buttons!

Our goal is to keep our passengers connected to their community activities, medical care and hot meals with friends. You will ride safely and in comfort if you use a wheelchair, walker or other equipment. If you need someone to help, your personal care aide can accompany you.

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Once approved, you can make reservations for trips three days or more in advance. The service is available weekdays. Your community defines where we travel, what kinds of trips are allowed, the fees and hours of operation. We confirm all this when you schedule your ride.

Since communities and agencies pay for most of the trip, we work together to keeps costs affordable and your fees manageable. STC also asks for charitable donations and grants to help cover the services’ costs. Make your gift to non-profit STC here.

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