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Kleasen Family Honored at Cleveland Clinic Partners in Philanthropy Celebration with George W Crile Sr Award

June 17, 2011

This week, Cleveland Clinic recognized Hubert and Audrey Kleasen as the recipients of the 2011 George W. Crile, Sr. Award at the annual Partners in Philanthropy Celebration.

The Kleasens are longtime supporters of Cleveland Clinic, a relationship that began in the 1980s after Mr. Kleasen had several heart surgeries at Cleveland Clinic. Since then, the couple has continued supporting the organization, particularly in the areas of education and research.

After learning about the Family Philanthropic Fund, a new approach to supporting research, education and other endeavors at Cleveland Clinic, the Kleasens became the first supporters.

“The Kleasens are exemplary in their decades-long commitment to ensuring Cleveland Clinic continues to be able to be on the cutting edge of research and discovery,” said Armando Chardiet, Chairman of Institutional Relations and Development at Cleveland Clinic. “We are honored to have them and their family as part of our family. They are truly deserving of this honor.”

The Kleasens, who reside in Cuyahoga Falls, decided to support orthopaedics research because they wanted to help young researchers in the beginning of their careers. The focus of the Kleasens’ Family Philanthropic Fund complements gifts they have made to other organizations, including scholarships for civil engineering students and women’s education.

“We were interested in doing something that would last over the years,” Mrs. Kleasen said.
Joining the Kleasens in their commitment to philanthropy are their daughter, Kimberlynn Kleasen, and son-in-law, Glenn Thomas. They both value philanthropy, and instead of buying gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, in the Kleasen family, they contribute to their philanthropic interests.

“We have a deep regard for the Cleveland Clinic because of what they do medically for patients, their research that advances healthcare, and what they’ve done for my father,” Kimberlynn said. “That’s why this type of fund is really just a natural for us as a family.”

Recipients of the Crile Award have helped create a lasting legacy at Cleveland Clinic, in the tradition of Dr. George W. Crile, Sr., one of the four founders of Cleveland Clinic. Instituted in 2003, this award recognizes extraordinary commitment and contributions of time, talent, and resources to the Cleveland Clinic—commitment that the Kleasens have shown over the decades of giving.

This year’s Partners in Philanthropy Celebration focused on research and innovation in medicine, including breakout sessions with some of the nation’s top physicians and researchers on aging, men’s and women’s health, transplants, wellness and medical testing. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic, joined Cleveland Clinic donors and medical professionals at the event to celebrate the Clinic’s teamwork in promoting wellness.

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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Megan Pruce, 216.445.7452, prucem@ccf.org