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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Celebrating Connections Honors Gerald B. Chattman

STC honored board member Gerald B. Chattman, Esq. at its fourth fundraiser, Celebrating Connections. Jerry was honored for his commitment to coordinated, efficient and affordable transportation for seniors throughout Cuyahoga County. The Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, event at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven featured a silent auction, raffle and dinner to raise funds to buy and maintain STC vehicles. The 200 guests raised enough to buy another fully-accessible bus for STC! His wife Winnie, daughter Elise Dayan and his friends Dale Nowak, Ed Weintraub and Steve Borstein entertained guests with stories about Jerry that highlighted his friendship, devotion to family, and charitable service. Accolades included proclamations from his home city of Pepper Pike. Thank you to our sponsors: Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Generous contributors included Ron Braverman, Cleveland Clinic, and Millenia Restaurants. As a partner with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, Jerry chairs its Nonprofit & Foundation Practice Group, working on formation, governance, labor and litigation for major nonprofits. His distinguished legal career includes numerous awards for expertise in non-profit, labor relations, business and real estate transactions. Jerry joined the STC board in 2012 and served as treasurer from 2015-2018, guiding STC during its largest growth period since inception. Among other activities and honors, Jerry 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. Jerry is pictured with his family (from left) Ron Braverman, Elise Dayan, Jerry, Winnie Chattman, Neela and Gregg Chattman.