There was finally a break in the clouds this past Sunday, just in time for the annual Race for the Place 5K. Several members of the Zinner & Co. family participated.
Zinner & Co. has been a proud sponsor of the event, held at Beachwood Mall to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day, for many years as it supports our good friends at The Gathering Place. Started in 2000 as a nonprofit cancer support center in the greater Cleveland community, The Gathering Place focuses on the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of cancer patients and their families. The Gathering Place offers free education centers, support groups, exercise and nutrition classes to individuals and families touched by cancer. During times of pure despair and fear, The Gathering Place has been a sanctuary for over 21,500 individuals since its inception.
The Race for the Place always brings in a large crowd, but this year was bigger than ever with over 4,200 registered participants who raised $350,000 for the cause! Team Zinner included Gabe Adler (with wife, Nikki), Robin Baum, Howard Kass (with wife, Cindy) Sue Krantz (with husband, Jonathan, and children Adam and Rachel), Matt Aloisi, Laura Haines, Patti Puterbaugh and Spike Radway, who ended up finishing in the top 20 for his age division.
Posted by: Sue Krantz, CPA
As an advocate and member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Association, I am so excited that Zinner & Co. will once again be supporting Purple Day, the Global Day of Epilepsy Awareness held annually on March 26th.
More than 3 million Americans, including 55,000 Northeast Ohioans, have some form of epilepsy. Epilepsy affects more people than Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy combined. Of the major chronic medical conditions, epilepsy is among the least understood even though 1 in 3 adults knows someone with the disorder.
Purple Day was conceived by a young girl, Cassidy Megan, in Nova Scotia, Canada as Global Epilepsy Awareness Day. The name 'Purple Day' was chosen after the international color for epilepsy: lavender. The lavender flower is associated with solitude, which is representative of the feelings of isolation many people affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders often feel. The Purple Day goal is for people with epilepsy everywhere to know they are not alone and to increase the public's awareness of epilepsy. Purple Day is now celebrated on every continent in the world, including Antarctica. Our own Terminal Tower will be lit up in purple on March 26th.
So how can you get involved and create awareness of epilepsy?
- Wear purple to work or school on March 26th, and ask others to wear purple too.
- Tweet this message or change your Facebook status to read: "On March 26, I'm wearing PURPLE to support EPILEPSY AWARENESS. Help spread the word!"
- Tell the Epilepsy Association how you are supporting Purple Day by using social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and the agency's blog at www.epilepsyinfo.org.
- Visit the epilepsy awareness booth at the SouthPark Mall in Strongsville on March 23rd and 24th or at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor on March 26th.
- Join the Epilepsy Association at their annual Purple Day Party Fundraiser. Meet up with other Cleveland-area epilepsy supporters at PJ McIntyre's Irish Pub, located at 17119 Lorain Ave., from 5:30-7:30 pm for happy hour. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers and 2 drinks. Purchase your pre-sale tickets here.
The Zinner & Co. staff all dressed to celebrate this year's Purple Day!
Posted by: Sue Krantz, CPA
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to serving survivors of sexual violence and those who support them with free comprehensive healing and advocacy services, and to creating social change in the community through education, training, and activism.
I am honored to be a member of the Center’s Board of Directors and proud that Zinner & Co. is a sponsor of the Faces of Change Luncheon to benefit the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. The luncheon is a community event that raises awareness about sexual assault and financial support for Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. The all-star Sing Out! Chorale will also give a preview of Sing Out! 2014.
This amazing event will be held on April 15, 2013 from 12:00-1:30 pm at The Renaissance Hotel Cleveland. For ticket information, you can go to the Center’s website at www.clevelandrapecrisis.org. Please consider joining us for this spectacular program!
See Zinner & Co. spread the holiday cheer at the 10th Annual Rainbow Radiothon, with proceeds from the event to support UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital:
The Rainbow Radiothon was December 7, but it is not too late to support this great cause.
Learn how you can make a difference.
Posted by: Barb Theofilos, CPA
Members of the Estate Planning Council gathered early Tuesday evening to prepare dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland. The dinner smelled absolutely delicious and a few guests staying at the house even asked for the recipe of the main chicken dish!
The Ronald McDonald House offers a place for families to stay at little or no cost while their child is receiving medical care at one of the local medical facilities. The House allows families to focus on the most important thing, the health of their child, rather than worrying about day to day tasks such as cooking, cleaning and laundry. The House also creates a support system to help families cope with some of the most stressful times in their lives.
We were fortunate to be given a tour of the House by one of the volunteers. There are
currently 37 guest rooms (all of which are almost always occupied). Construction is currently taking place to have an additional 17 rooms built for families. There is almost always a waiting list to be included in the House so the additional space is definitely necessary.
The members of Zinner & Co. and the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland are looking forward to making our participation with the Ronald McDonald House an ongoing relationship!
To learn more about The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and ways to help, please visit their website at rmhcleveland.org.
Posted by: Laura Haines, CPA
Zinner & Co.'s Courtney Ockenden & Brett Neate
Everyone knows that being an elementary school teacher is a very tough, but rewarding, job. For a couple hours last Friday several employees at Zinner & Co. got to experience this firsthand when we were able to participate in FETCH! - Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits. FETCH! was created by The Ohio CPA Foundation, and it provides a platform for CPAs to share their financial knowledge and expertise to teach 5th and 6th grade students basic financial literacy concepts like budgeting, savings and spending. Zinner & Co. has taken part in this program for several years.
This year we were at Brecksville Central School, and we had four great classes to work with. The kids were great participants, showing lots of enthusiasm and asking tons of great questions. FETCH! is basically a game in which teams work together to purchase items for their dog and save as much money as possible. The students are required to keep track of their savings account balance, make financial decisions, and also keep in mind unexpected expenses that may come up, such as having to get the dog its rabies vaccination. It was great to be able to help pass some of our accounting knowledge on to these kids and maybe even get some of them thinking about becoming a CPA!
Zinner & Co.'s David DiCillo, Colleen Kaminsky, DeAnna Alger & Robert O’Neil play FETCH!
Zinner & Co. is proud to be participating in the FETCH! - Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits® - program for the 6th year on Friday, November 16.
Created and implemented by The Ohio CPA Foundation in 2010 - and formerly known as Accounting for Kids Day for several years - FETCH! teaches 5th & 6th grade children about budgeting, saving and spending through a fun and interactive board game. Through teamwork, strategy and competition, FETCH! teaches children important financial concepts that are the foundation of a healthy financial future.
The program has already reached nearly 20,000 students in over 780 elementary classrooms statewide. Feedback from teachers, students and volunteers has been extremely positive, with nearly 100% of teachers last year planning to participate again in this year's event. Members of our firm will be helping out in a 5th grade classroom at Brecksville Central School.
Everyone at Zinner & Co. is very excited to help advance financial literacy education in Ohio's elementary schools and look forward to a continuing participation in this great event for many years to come.
To learn more about the FETCH! program, visit the The Ohio CPA Foundation website, and check out our recap from last year's event!
Posted by: Kiki Underwood
This Thanksgiving season, Zinner & Co. encourages you to support the Baskets of Love Program created by the Michelle’s Wish Foundation, a client very close to our firm’s heart.
Dan DiCillo started the foundation for his wife, Michelle Cirino-DiCillo, who he lost in 2004 from heart disease at the tender age of 33.
By putting together a Thanksgiving Basket of Love and/or participating in the Michelle’s Wish Foundation’s annual food drive, you can help present area families in need with food and other items for a Thanksgiving feast and everyday necessities!
A weakened heart affliction would have no bearing on the strength of the endless and effortless care and love that Michelle – a dedicated wife, loving and tireless mother of two young boys and a career-long nurse – would spread during her abbreviated life. She always concerned herself deeply with the problems of others, endlessly seeking out ways in which she could help. Humankind, the beneficiary of Michelle’s “strong heart,” became cheated by its absence upon her untimely death.
The Michelle’s Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization created to carry on the simple brilliance of lifelong wishes to help care for people who have suffered through no choice of their own. Specifically, the foundation, through various fundraising efforts, will seek to benefit worthy causes closest to Michelle’s caring heart, including:
- Children – through a children’s wish program and a children’s scholarship program, specifically dedicated to giving a truly memorable experience, gift, or scholarship to children either with life-threatening illnesses or without financial means;
- Education – through a scholarship program specifically dedicated to aiding aspiring nurses with a deeply compassionate interest in medical-related and bedside-related care; and
- Medical research – through a heart disease research and education fund.
To learn more about Michelle’s Wish Foundation, or to donate, please visit http://michelleswish.org/.
Barb Theofilos, Mary Ann Mezacapa, Kiki Underwood & Colleen Kaminsky with the baskets Zinner & Co. put together for donation
Posted by: Robin Baum, CPA
The gray skies and drizzle didn't dampen the Rainbow that seemed to shine over the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sunday, October 7, 2012!
That morning, the Zinner & Co. team took to the 5k run and 1 mile walk route of the "Third Annual Rainbow 'Round the Zoo" to benefit UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital! Over 750 committed runners and walkers braved the first blast of fall's cooler temperatures to raise money for children at Rainbow. Zinner & Co. was a corporate sponsor of the event.
"I couldn't be prouder of my staff in coming together to help at Rainbow," said Robin Baum, managing partner at Zinner & Co. and member of the Board of Trustees of Rainbow Babies and Children's Foundation. "Anytime I can offer opportunities for the staff to participate in events that share my passion for Rainbow, it's bound to be a lot of fun! Thanks to all who participated!"
Posted by: Susan D. Krantz, CPA
Nearly 900 people filled the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square on June 12, 2012 for Sing Out!, raising more than $350,000 for Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
Sing Out! is a community event that raises awareness about sexual violence, as well as financial support for the only agency providing comprehensive rape crisis services to our local community. The all-star Sing Out! chorale was comprised of 112 community, civic and business leaders who joined voices to sing out against rape and sexual violence.
CRCC was proud to honor Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Thomas C. Stevens, chief administrative officer of KeyBank, for their support of the Center’s mission over the years.
Zinner & Co.'s Robin Baum (L) and Susan Krantz (R) pose with Cleveland Magazine Publisher Frank Bird
As a member of the Board of Trustees of CRCC, I was honored to serve on the host committee for this biennial event, whose attendance and fundraising totals set records for the history of the event this year.
This was an inspiring evening that empowered and educated everyone in the audience. I highly recommend that you attend the 2014 Sing Out! for an unbelievable musical evening that you’ll surely never forget.