Playhouse Square presented its President’s Award to KeyBank on June 27 during the organization’s annual President’s Dinner in the KeyBank State Theatre.
For more than 20 years, KeyBank has contributed philanthropically to Playhouse Square: the 1998 Allen Theatre renovation; the Idea Center at Playhouse Square; the Allen Theatre Project, which brought Cleveland Play House and Cleveland State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance to Playhouse Square as resident companies; and the 25th anniversary of Playhouse Square Partners are just a few examples.
Most recently, KeyBank contributed $10 million toward the organization’s Advancing the Legacy Campaign, a portion of which is specifically dedicated to bringing Cleveland Metropolitan School District students to see live theater performances at Playhouse Square. For this generous contribution, the State Theatre was renamed the “KeyBank State Theatre.”
KeyBank also has been the title sponsor of the Playhouse Square KeyBank Broadway Series for more than 14 years. Two KeyBank executives have served on the Playhouse Square Board of Trustees: Chief Information Officer Amy Brady currently serves as the vice chair of development and retired Chief Administrative Officer Tom Stevens previously served as chair and is now the national trustee.
Playhouse Square President and CEO Art Falco noted, “We could not be more grateful for KeyBank’s belief in our mission, the support they have given to every initiative we have undertaken and the service they have provided through our board of trustees.”
The Playhouse Square President’s Award has been established to recognize members of the Northeast Ohio community whose leadership, perseverance and dedication have contributed to the success of Playhouse Square. Past honorees include Glenn Brown, the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation, David Frazier, Joseph Garry, Jr., Elaine Hadden, Julien McCall, William Miller, Raymond Shepardson, K.K. Sullivan, Senator George Voinovich, and the nine founding members of Playhouse Square Partners: Jeffrey Cristal, Lawrence Hatch, John Marcus, Peter Rubin, Sara Stashower, Kurt Weaver, Neil Weinberger, Mark Weisman and Theodora Wolf.