shaker launchhouse to hold fundraising gala to support entrepreneurs

Shaker LaunchHouse, the pre-seed investment fund and business accelerator, is hosting a gala on Saturday, February 18 at the Cleveland Skating Club to raise awareness of the more than 200 entrepreneurial activities hosted by LaunchHouse each year.
“All of the stuff that we do, a lot of the costs are incurred by LaunchHouse,” explains founder and managing partner Todd Goldstein. “So we decided to put on the gala to raise awareness.” Events include Whiteboard Wednesdays, Job Hunters Coffee and Donuts, and regular seminars and lectures.
In addition to the programming LaunchHouse has created more than 20 paid college internships in the past two years.
Organizers hope to raise $50,000 at the gala to help meet their goal of $250,000 this year. “Any money raised from the gala is used to support entrepreneurial activities,” says Goldstein. “None of it will be used for salaries.”
The event is sponsored by the Shaker Heights Development Corporation and included dinner, dancing and silent auction. The band Shout will play, which Goldstein describes as “one of the hottest bands in Northeast Ohio.” Auction items include lighting from Kichler Lighting, a vault tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, dinner at Maxi’s in Little Italy, and a gift certificate to Paysage.
Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table. Contact LaunchHouse for an invitation.

Source: Todd Goldstein
Writer: Karin Connelly
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