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On Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they are teaming up with TrustedSec to join the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for their annual “Harvest for Hunger” campaign. Cleveland fans can help the effort, as the Cavaliers will be collecting items and monetary donations during the next six home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
"We have worked with the Cavaliers for so many years on so many different things," said Karen Ponza, Greater Cleveland Food Bank director of communications and special events. "From food drives to fundraisers to having them come out and volunteer, they are just a wonderful example of a community partner. They understand our organization and understand the need for working together in order to meet our needs. It's really great. All the money that is raised right here stays here in Northeast Ohio to make sure that there is food going to people that are in need."
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Fans can drop off canned goods and non-perishable items at collection bins located at all main entrances at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The team will match every pound of food generously donated by fans to double the impact. Those interested can donate at the following upcoming home games:
- Monday, March 14 vs. LA Clippers
- Wednesday, March 16 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
- Friday, March 18 vs. Denver Nuggets
- Saturday, March 19 vs. Detroit Pistons
- Monday, March 21 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
- Saturday, March 26 vs. Chicago Bulls
Not only that, but, the Cavaliers were also proud to announce support for Hope Soars Ohio, a creative marketing campaign developed by the Beachwood High School Marketing Junior Achievement students to inspire hope and uplift the local and global communities through pop art installations. The Cavaliers said they're proud to be one of five installations that feature creatively designed inflatable butterflies that will be on display throughout Northeastern Ohio. The butterflies serve as a symbol of rebirth, hope and transformation.
"When they said they wanted to support the Food Bank, I said, 'Yeah, let's do this immediately,'" said Pam Frasco, Cavaliers vice president of community relations and executive director of the Cavs Community foundation. "We need to get people engaged when it comes to charity and what better way to engage Cavs fans and the community? I just can't believe how creative they were. They put a lot of time into the planning and program and we couldn't not be a part of it."
Hope Soars Ohio builds off of the success of Beachwood Junior Achievement's previous campaign Hope Blooms Ohio. In the spring of 2021, the class spread giant inflatable flowers across seven Northeast Ohio communities to inspire Unity, Hope and Joy. Hope Blooms Ohio was able to raise over $40,000 in donations for The Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
"It's crazy to work on something for so many months and see it come to life," said Sydney Burkons, a student at Beachwood High School and one of the minds behind Hope Soars Ohio. "It's surreal that it's happening today."
Joining the Cavaliers in supporting Hope Blooms Ohio include The J.M. Smucker Company, Elk and Elk, Sibling Revelry Brewing, SPR Therapeutics and plenty of others. Beachwood High School students involved in the project shared with Right Down Euclid that their goal is to reach $50,000 in donations by the end of March for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
"It is so amazing and impressive that these high schools wanted to do something good in their community," said Ponza. "It's inspiring to so many people. It's inspiring to see them come together and be committed to helping make sure people get the food they need in their community by raising this money. "
To help Hope Soars Ohio reach its goal of raising $50,000 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a 20×30 ft. Cavaliers-themed Butterfly installation will be stationed in the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Atrium near the Sherwin-Williams Entrance through March 26th. According to a team source, the Beachwood High School students were the ones who approached the Cavaliers organization about them just displaying the Cavaliers-themed butterfly. Instead, Cleveland did more than that by agreeing to do so and buying a butterfly of their own.
"I feel like this has been a really unique opportunity," said Avery Solomon, a student at Beachwood High School and another student behind Hope Soars Ohio. "It's a unique opportunity for high school students to develop this project. To finally see it come to life is really exciting to see happen at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse."
If they're interested, fans can scan the QR code adjacent to the butterfly to donate directly to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Every $1 donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank can help provide enough for three nutritious meals. Fans can make donations during the Cavaliers games mentioned above as well as these upcoming Cleveland Monsters games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse:
- Tuesday, March 15 vs. Rockford IceHogs
- Friday, March 25 vs. Charlotte Checkers
- Sunday, March 27 vs. Charlotte Checkers
- Tuesday, March 29 vs. Chicago Wolves
Fans can also find out more information about the Cavaliers Harvest for Hunger campaign by visiting Cavs.com/HarvestforHunger. Again, both the Cavaliers and the Monsters organizations will be raising money all throughout the month of March.
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