HFLA Honors Edelman Family

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CLEVELAND, OH – June 14, 2017 –  Mark your calendar for what promises to be a sold-out occasion again this year at HFLA of Northeast Ohio’s gala, Party 113 to be held Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. The evening will pay tribute to Alan Edelman and the entire Edelman Family, who have been long-time sponsors, donors and supporters of Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) over the years.

Alan Edelman arrived in America in 1943 after his family was torn apart by the Holocaust. He worked tirelessly in the New York garment industry until he met his soon-to-be wife, together they moved to Cleveland to be closer to her family. With his father-in-law’s help, Alan began selling plumbing supplies out of a van. Soon after, he opened his first warehouse on the west side of Cleveland, called Edelman Plumbing Supply. The business currently employs 35 people in Northeast Ohio.

“After the war took a wrecking ball to his life, my grandpa emerged with an even stronger spirit of generosity and commitment to those he loves,” says David Edelman, honoree and past president of HFLA’s board of directors. “His story became one so familiar to those who know HFLA. He got a small loan, started a business, rebuilt his life and paid it forward. I love how delightfully common his story has turned out to be. Our city is full of people like my grandpa who, when given a hand at the right time, help pull up our whole community.”

Today, Alan’s son, Sheldon Edelman, runs the business with his father and his three children, David, Dan and Rachel. Alan’s daughter, Laura Leventhal, enjoyed 20 years with the business, helping establish the showrooms and build the architect/designer clientele. She continues the Edelman legacy of community involvement, having served on the Temple Emanu El and Hillel Boards of Directors, and as Director of Institutional Advancement at The Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School.

“We look forward to honoring Alan and the Edelman family at this year’s event. Not only are they strong supporters of HFLA, but during his tenure as president, David led the way for this century-plus old organization to evolve as a 21st century resource,” says HFLA Executive Director Michal Marcus. “This is an evening dedicated to our friends, old and new, as we celebrate 113 years of HFLA in Northeast Ohio,” says Marcus.

About Party 113

Party 113 will take place on Saturday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Orange Village. The fun-filled evening includes musical entertainment, open bar, and a plated meal (kosher upon request). Also back by popular demand, an exclusively foodie-themed silent auction will offer guests the opportunity to enjoy culinary adventures and experiences from a cross-section of Cleveland’s hottest restaurants and destinations.

About HFLA of Northeast Ohio

HFLA of Northeast Ohio was founded in 1904 with $501 donated by Charles Ettinger, Moris Black, and their friends to help European refugees settle and begin productive lives in this country. They believed that if you give someone a chance to succeed, they will pay it back and we can continue this transformative cycle. The same principle guides the organization today. The association has increased its lending capital through the years from individual gifts, bequests, endowments, foundation grants, memorials and honorariums. HFLA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Learn more about HFLA.

Contact Information

  • For questions about donating to Party 113’s Foodie Auction, sponsoring a table, or about attending and having a fabulous evening, contact Katy Fuerst, katy@hflaclev.org , 216-378-9042.
  • For media inquiries, contact Michal Marcus, HFLA Executive Director (216) 378-9042, michal@hflaclev.com