Event Calendar

Events for Friday, November 17, 2017

Accelerate 2018 Accepting Pitches
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CLEVELAND (Nov. 16, 2017) − Individuals who have great ideas to improve the region can submit those ideas to compete in Accelerate 2017: Citizens Make Change.

Winners of the competition, scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Global Center for Health Innovation, will get seed funding and broad exposure to help their vision become reality. The annual event, presented by Citizens Bank and the Cleveland Leadership Center, has drawn nearly 400 people each year since it debuted in 2015.

Pitches will be accepted November 1 - 30, 2017. Any individual with an idea to improve the community can enter. Proposed ideas cannot be affiliated with an established organization and should be for compelling, innovative and even wild ideas that address a community issue. Pitches can be for one-and-done projects or sustainable, ongoing efforts. A short application is available at www.cleveleads.org/Accelerate.

Pitches will be accepted in five broad categories:
• Community Change: Initiatives that make a meaningful change in people’s lives and neighborhoods.
• Economic & Workforce Development: Initiatives that stimulate economic growth, promote economic self-sufficiency, encourage neighborhood development or address poverty.
• Educating for Tomorrow: Initiatives that advance pre-kindergarten through college education, including literacy, numeracy, access, readiness and success.
• Health & Wellness: Initiatives that promote the health of individuals and communities by addressing access, lifestyle and recreation.
• Quality of Life: Initiatives that create positive life experiences through arts, culture and social services.

Five pitches in each category will be presented at Accelerate, where panels of community leaders will select a winning category pitch. Those winners pitch to a larger audience, which votes on an overall winner who receives $5,000. The four finalists each receive $2,000. All 25 presenters have an opportunity for community support.

Since 2015, the event has been a catalyst for ideas to take flight. See www.cleveleads.org/AccelerateUpdates.

Cleveland Leadership Center
1375 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
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LCAC Thanksgiving Food Drive Prep
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Food donations from area schools will be collected and sorted for distribution on Saturday, Nov. 18. Many volunteers are needed.
Lakewood Masonic Temple - 15300 Detroit Ave.
Use the rear doors off the Andrews Ave. parking lot.
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Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. (LCAC) Thanksgiving Food Basket Preparations
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Volunteers are needed to fill bags of non-perishable food items to be delivered to 300 Lakewood families. This activity is open to helpers of all ages.
Lakewood Mason Temple - 15300 Detroit Ave.
Use doors in rear of building off Andrews Ave. parking lot.
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Discover God: Why Do Children Suffer?
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Join us at 6:30 for worship and testimony. Then at 7pm is video with speaker David Asscherick. Each week he answers the tough questions about God. November 17th's topic is 'Why Do Children Suffer?'
Lakewood Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1382 Arthur Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107

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