HFLA will present Planting Seeds Awardee and Honorary Co-Chairs at Party115

Cleveland, Ohio (April 29, 2019) – In celebration of 115 years of interest-free lending, HFLA today announced that its highly anticipated Party115 featuring musical entertainment, an open bar and dinner will be held on November 9, 2019. Party115’s location is The Silver Grille at the Higbee Building and lasts from 6:30pm to 10pm. Attendees are encouraged to utilize valet parking sponsored by Jay Auto Group.

HFLA honors an individual or organization with the Planting Seeds Award at each annual gala.

At Party113, the Edelman family were recipients of the award for their generosity and long-time support of HFLA. Saint Luke’s Foundation was honored at Party 114 for supporting organizations involved in addressing issues of health equity.

In honor of Party115’s theme—Planting Small Business Seeds in NEO—HFLA will be honoring Chef Jeremy Umansky as the Planting Seeds awardee.

Jeremy received an interest-free loan from HFLA enabling him to purchase professional knives and books needed to attend The Culinary Institute of America. After leaving the Culinary Institute of America just shy of graduation, Umansky studied under fermentation expert Sandor Katz.

In 2018, Umansky opened up Larder—a from-scratch Eastern European deli, which was selected as a semifinalist in the Best New Restaurant category for the 2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards.

HFLA is thrilled to have the founders of shark&minnow—a strategy and design consultancy—Hallie Bram Kogelschatz and Eric Kogelschatz as the Honorary Co-Chairs of Party115.

About HFLA of Northeast Ohio

The mission of HFLA of Northeast Ohio is to provide interest-free loans to address the financial challenges of residents of Northeast Ohio who lack access to traditional lending sources. HFLA was founded in 1904 with $501 donated by Charles Ettinger, Morris Black, and their friends to help European refugees settle and begin productive lives in this country. They believed – as we do now – 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. By providing interest-free loans to individuals, families, and small businesses in the Northeast Ohio area, we are able to help people help themselves. The association has drastically increased its lending capital in the past few years from individual gifts, bequests, endowments, foundation grants, memorials and honorariums and is now operating with a loan fund of over $1 million. HFLA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Learn more about HFLA.