Group Photo with AwardCLEVELAND, OH (February 28, 2014) Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center ( announced today that its event, the Cleveland Big Wheel Relay, was named Fundraiser of the Year in the 7th Annual Connector’s Choice Awards, honored in the category of corporate events with a planning budget under $50,000.

One of 26 awards given, CHSC’s award was presented in front of 500 other event planning and networking professionals at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square as part of the 7th Annual Connector’s Choice Awards presented by CBC Magazine.

“We’re thrilled that our inaugural Big Wheel Relay was recognized this week among so many other wonderful events, people and businesses,” said CHSC Executive Director, Bernard Henri. “The young professionals on our volunteer associate board, New Partners of Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, worked so hard to get the event off the ground last year. They planned a unique and exhilarating event, and with the help of over 200 individual donations from participants’ friends and families, raised over $17,500 to support the Center’s mission. I’m thrilled that their efforts were recognized.”

The first-ever Cleveland Big Wheel Relay took place on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in Shaker Square. With over 100 race participants and hundreds more in attendance, the exciting and amusing race was formed to help support CHSC in its mission to provide services and support for individuals in the Northeast Ohio community so that they may communicate effectively.

“I’d like to thank the Cleveland community for helping to make our inaugural event last year such a success,” said Anna Marie Ricciardi, vice-president of New Partners of Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center and co-chair of the annual event. “I am so proud of our volunteers who helped organize the event, but realize that we couldn’t have had such success without the help of the sponsors, vendors, and hundreds of participants that came together to help us meet and exceed our goals in supporting the Center’s mission. We’re expecting this year’s event to be even more successful and impactful.”

Registration is currently open for the 2nd Annual Cleveland Big Wheel Relay, set to take place again in Shaker Square on Saturday, June 14 from 2-5 p.m. Those interested in participating can do so by visiting or by contacting Kate Gagne at CHSC at (216) 231-8787 or

About CHSC
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) is Northeast Ohio’s premier provider of hearing, speech-language and deaf services, education and advocacy. Supporting programs in 17 surrounding counties, CHSC seeks to help people connect through communication. CHSC is the nation’s oldest hearing and speech center and Northeast Ohio’s only non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving those with special communication needs. For more information about CHSC’s mission, programs and services, visit


About Our Race

The Cleveland Big Wheel Relay is an annual fundraising event organized by New Partners of Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the young professional Associate Board of Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC). The event will take place on Saturday, June 14 from 2-5 p.m. in Shaker Square and will include a music, food truck goodies, a beer tent and an exciting relay race on low-riding trikes. Teams of four must sign up before the race and raise a minimum team fundraising goal of $300. Spectators are welcome and encouraged, and will be admitted for free on the day of the race. For more information on the race, please visit For more information on Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, please visit

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