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"Celebrate The Center" Community Open House To Feature Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, Rock Hall

In front of more than 600 civic, business, political, and community leaders, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald led the ribbon cutting ceremony in Exhibit Hall C for the new Cleveland Convention Center on Friday, June 14. On Saturday, June 15, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. welcomed nearly 4,000 people to “Celebrate the Center: Community Open House and Celebration.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony, held on the floor of the new Exhibit Hall, featured comments from FitzGerald, City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Sherwin-Williams CEO Chris Connor, Cleveland Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski, Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Connally, and Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney. Veteran WEWS-TV 5 news anchor Leon Bibb emceed the event, which generated extensive media coverage. A Cleveland Orchestra brass quintet, members of the Cleveland Chorus, and a jazz ensemble provided musical entertainment and the Rev. Hilton Smith, senior vice president of Turner Construction, delivered a stirring invocation.

On Saturday, June 15, the Cleveland Convention Center was opened to the general public for a “Celebrate the Center: Community Open House and Celebration,” including fun interactive displays, team mascot and alumni appearances, and autograph sessions from the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Cleveland Cavaliers. The United States Coast Guard, the 2013 National Senior Summer Games, Positively Cleveland, and the City of Cleveland also provided informational displays along with live music provided by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The first 1,000 attendees ages 16 and over received a commemorative lunch tote bag and the first 1,000 children received a commemorative Convention Center plastic telescope.

The three major league professional sports teams featured interactive games, kid’s clinics, alumni autograph sessions, ticket information, and appearances by the team mascots and the Cavaliers dance teams. In addition to providing live music on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stage, the Rock Hall offered educational information and discount admission tickets. There was additional entertainment and celebrity appearances throughout the day, including a performance by the well-known ‘Dancing Wheels’ dance troupe.

In the adjacent Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly known as the Medical Mart), the Northeast Ohio Healthcare Workforce Collaborative hosted nearly 40 educational, government, and healthcare organizations at the “Explore the World of Health Careers” in the Global Center junior ballroom to showcase the rich diversity of healthcare occupations and the educational programs which lead to these careers.

The Cleveland Convention Center hosted its first event, the 2013 National Senior Summer Games, which began July 19. The Global Center is scheduled to open in October, hosting the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit October 14-16.
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