Cleveland Foundation awards $250,000 grant, will sponsor 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland, Akron

Public show of support for Cleveland Gay Games

CLEVELAND - A $250,000 grant will go to the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland thanks to the Cleveland Foundation.

The grant will help form a partnership that makes the foundation a top sponsor for the annual Games and is the first presenting sponsorship in the Games' 31-year history.

Steve Sokany is the co-chair of the 2014 Gay Games. He said Cleveland was selected for the games over other cities with larger LGBT communities because of the overwhelming community-wide support.

The sponsorship allows the Games' official title to be the "2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation."

“We are pleased that this fund will serve as a legacy to the Gay Games,” said Kaye Ridolfi, senior vice president of Advancement at the Cleveland Foundation in a news release. “We will be reaching out to the community in the upcoming months to get ideas on shaping the fund so it can best serve our region. “

Ernst & Young has also signed on as a sponsor for the Games.

The Games is the largest international sports and culture festival in the world open to all adult participants. The Aug. 9-16, 2014 event is expected to attract 30,000 visitors, including 11,000 participants exhibiting or competing in more than 35 sports and cultural events

It’s anticipated that the Games will bring in $58 million to northeast Ohio. 

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