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The I-X Center “Revs it Up” For The Greater Cleveland Fisher House

Greater Cleveland Fisher House President Tom Sweeney (left) accepting $50,000 donation from the I-X Center President and CEO Brad Gentille (right)

Greater Cleveland Fisher House President Tom Sweeney (left) accepting $50,000 donation from the I-X Center President and CEO Brad Gentille (right)

CLEVELAND, Oh:  The leadership of the International Exposition Center (I-X  Center) really “revved it up” at recent the Piston Powered Auto-Rama Show with the presentation of a $50,000 check to The Greater Cleveland Fisher House (GCFH) campaign.  The show not only featured some 1,000 custom cars and hot rods, but it also featured a large military vehicle display which honored area veterans and service members.  A GCFH information booth was part of that display.

“We couldn’t think of a better venue in which to make this presentation,” said Brad Gentille, President & CEO of the I-X Center.  “The efforts of all veterans and veterans’ organizations in Northeast Ohio in making the Greater Cleveland Fisher House a reality is something in which the I-X family wanted to play a role.  We honored to be able to assist this campaign.”

“Needless to say we are overwhelmed with this show of support,” said GCFH Task Force President Tom Sweeney.  “The I-X Center’s recognition of our efforts and our mission is greatly appreciated.  This donation is also a reflection of the long standing reputation of care and concern that I-X Center leadership has shown Northeast Ohio over the past several decades.  The I-X Center is an outstanding corporate citizen and we are blessed to have them in our community.”

The GCFH is the Northeast Ohio affiliate of The Fisher House Foundation.  Based in Rockville, MD, The Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes it has built on the grounds of major military hospitals and Veterans Administration medical centers.  The Greater Cleveland Fisher House will be a 16,000 square foot home with 16-20 suites and will accommodate up to 42 family members. The house itself will be built on the grounds of The Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in University Circle.

“The cost to build The Greater Cleveland Fisher House will total approximately $7 Million. The goal of The Greater Cleveland Fisher House Task Force is to fundraise $3 Million, said Sweeney.  “To date, $800,000 has been raised for this initiative. Once the $3 Million local goal is reached, The Fisher House Foundation will supply the remainder of the funding and build The Greater Cleveland Fisher House.  The targeted time window for groundbreaking is late 2014/early 2015.

Sweeney noted that campaign to build the GCFH is a capital campaign and a “one time ask” of the local community.  Once built, the host tenant (in this case the Veterans Administration) will be given the keys and going forward will work with the national Fisher House Foundation on day-to-day operations.

The Greater Cleveland Fisher House is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization with both the IRS and the State of Ohio and donations are tax-deductible.  Additional information can be found on the GCFH website at: www.greaterclevelandfisherhouse.org by calling (440) 377-0067, or by e-mail at stokesfisherhouse@gmail.com.