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Hattie Larlham honors Richard Grossberg, M.D. at Circle of Caring, breaks fundraising record



On Sat., Oct. 14, more than 350 people gathered to honor Solon resident, Richard I. Grossberg, M. D. at the Rudolph H. Garfield Circle of Caring. Hattie Larlham’s 2017 marquee fundraiser at Signature of Solon was presented by The Alpha Group for the ninth year in a row. Hosted by Betsy Kling, Chief Meteorologist for WKYC-TV Channel 3 News and 2012 Circle of Caring honoree, the event raised $242,000 to support programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Grossberg has been the Medical Director at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities since 1999. In addition to this role, Dr. Grossberg is also a pediatric neurodevelopmental disabilities specialist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He is Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Grossberg was named to Cleveland Magazine’s 2017 list of “Top Doctors” in Cleveland.

“Since he joined Hattie Larlham, Dr. Grossberg has embodied Mrs. Larlham’s philosophy of ensuring that the people we serve have the highest quality care possible,” says Hattie Larlham Interim CEO Stephen Colecchi. “We are deeply honored to celebrate his commitment to our organization.”

A gracious honoree, Dr. Grossberg’s acceptance speech focused on his own special thanks and recognition to people important in his life and career.  He recognized Hattie Larlham partners at Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, family members of those he cares for, Hattie Larlham team members and his family.

The Circle of Caring featured a VIP and cocktail reception, a green-screen photo booth, dinner and a wine pull. Entertainment for the evening was provided by internationally renowned pianist Christopher Milo. Milo frequently performs for Hattie Larlham residents and has previously performed for participants of Hattie Larlham’s day program for adults with disabilities, Constant Companions. Auctioneer Rob Telecky returned to host the live, silent and Fund-the-Future auctions.

For the Fund-the-Future auction, guest raised their paddles to raise funds for new beds for residents at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities. The current beds were purchased 10 years ago and are no longer manufactured. The best option to ensure the long-term care and comfort of the children and young adults who live at the Center is to replace the beds.

“We are so grateful for the generous support of everyone who attended this year’s Circle of Caring to support our mission of comfort, joy, and achievement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Chief Development Officer Catherine Schwartz. “Not only did we exceed our fundraising goal but we were able to highlight the many ways that Hattie Larlham makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.”

If you would like to make a donation to support the care of children and young adults with disabilities, contact Chief Development Officer Catherine Schwartz at (330) 840-6840 or catherine.schwartz@hattielarlham.org.

About Hattie Larlham
Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio. The organization provides residential, medical, recreational and work-training services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Northeast and Central Ohio. Statewide, 1,700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services from Hattie Larlham. For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org.