The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, will be among the April 30 honorees recognized by the National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF), announces a recent NCTF news release. Other honorees include Grammy winner and Tony Award nominee Harry Connick, Jr, Cleveland Play House, and James S. Turley, CEO and chairman of Ernst & Young. Broadway and television star David Alan Grier is scheduled to emcee the event.

According to the news release, the Cleveland Clinic will be recognized as the evening’s institutional honoree, thanks to its work to provide more than $150 million in free healthcare to Cleveland’s underprivileged and its “Art & Medicine Institute,” which seeks to facilitate healing through the arts with physical, mental, and spiritual relief for patients and families in the US and abroad coping with the stress of serious illness. President and chief executive officer Toby M. Cosgrove, MD, will accept the clinic’s award.

Connick Jr, will receive the NCTF’s theatre artist award, highlighting his success in music, theatre, film, and television, the release notes. The Cleveland Play House will be the recipient of the 2012 achievement in theatre award for its accomplishments on stage, in theatre education, and in service to the people of Northeast Ohio. Rounding out the honorees, James S. Turley is slated to receive the NTCF leadership award, acknowledging Turley’s service as chairman of the NCTF for the past 6 years and his work to guide the organization to new avenues of support and strategic initiatives.

Bruce E. Whitacre, NCTF executive director, explains that the NCTF’s selection of honorees stems from the its support of national theatre by using innovative partnerships with companies, individuals, and artists to enhance the cultural lives of communities, “Our honorees reflect that innovation and vision by combining theatre with other endeavors: economic development, medicine, cultivating a people-oriented professional culture, bringing the heart and soul of jazz to Broadway. Their leadership serves as an example of the creative engagement crucial to sustaining cultural and economical vitality.” 

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Source: NCTF