Junior League of Cleveland Sprints to Crocker Park

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The Junior League of Cleveland presented its first annual Stiletto Sprint & Soiree at Crocker Park Sat., Aug. 10 as the JLC, a leading force in community volunteerism, teamed with DSW to feature a sprint with men and women in stiletto heels.

Highlights included participation of friendly Q104 radio personality Average Joe leading the way in red pumps. Joe went down along the first turn but bounced back to emcee a fashion show, evening of beer tasting and an awards ceremony.



“There was a lot of hype around the “Stiletto Sprint” at Crocker Park.  Why?  Because men were going to run with ladies in high heels for the Junior League of Cleveland,” shared Average Joe good-naturedly on his blog. “Yeah.  There were no other men.  Just me and a bunch of ladies.  All very nice people, but when I took a fall on turn one, no one stopped.  HAHAHA…they were hardcore! So I finished FIRST in my gender category!”

“The JLC is the first to bring this unique and exciting event to the Cleveland community. It is just another example of the high spirited and innovative nature of the JLC,” said Annemarie Grassi, JLC President. “This event helps to support our mission in educating and empowering women as volunteers and leaders in the community while also supporting our signature initiative: youth aging out of foster care.”


Signature projects of the JLC include:

Project:  Where R U? with The Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio to develop, plan, and staff an annual leadership development symposium for high school girls in greater Cleveland.


Project: Cooking With Cuyahoga’s Kids with   Adoption Network of Cleveland. The purpose of this program is to provide youth at risk of aging out of foster care with specific life skills, including

making healthy food choices, basic cooking techniques and etiquette to increasetheir self-sufficiency, self-worth and social skills while combating current or future health problems.


Project: Next Steps in Life with  Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries: START Support to At Risk Teens. This project focuses on the life skills component of the independent living program of Next Steps.


JLC Scholarship: The JLC Scholarship provides support for non-traditional women students seeking the opportunity to gain further education and/or career training.   Awards of up to $5000 can be used for tuition, transportation costs, supplies, child care, etc.  The JLC is  working with  community partners to expand the scholarship to young women aging out of foster care.

Please visit www.jlcleveland.org to learn more about this important organization.

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