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PRESS RELEASE: Heights Arts Presents 3rd Annual HEART in the Heights

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July 5, 2024

Heights Arts Presents

a local business raffle to support Heights Arts

July 1 – July 31, 2024

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Cleveland Heights, OH: This July, local art and community commerce will converge for a good cause. HEART in the Heights is a local business raffle to support the arts and local business during the month of July. Everyone wins by participating in this unique fundraiser and arts awareness campaign.

Says board president and former owner of Big Fun Steve Presser, “Conceived 3 years ago, Heart in the Heights not only benefits Heights Arts as its main annual fundraiser, but also it cements the importance of collaboration of our nonprofit with locally owned independent businesses to help promote each other and raise awareness, while offering multiple benefits to our community members.”

During the month of July, over seventy Cleveland-based businesses have pledged to help raise funds for local arts nonprofit Heights Arts by donating, sponsoring, and participating in the event. Participating businesses have contributed raffle items, gift cards, or services valued at $50 or more, and will be inviting customers and patrons to purchase raffle tickets to win the items. All HEART in the Heights proceeds will support Heights Arts’ literary, musical, public art, and visual arts programming.

As a former merchant in Coventry for over 25 years, Presser also states “I know firsthand how the arts enrich and beautify our commercial districts and attract customers to our businesses.
So by buying raffle tickets, you are not only helping Heights Arts, you are also supporting and promoting local businesses in our community.”

Grand Prize Drawing: For the second year in a row, the Heights Arts board and Cleveland Heights city council members have contributed a total of $1,500 to create an $1,000 grand prize and one $500 value prize for two lucky winners. These dollars will, in turn, go back in the form of gift cards to many of the participating businesses.

“Heights Arts has always been a valuable touchstone in our community for encouraging and fostering arts,” says Emily Bean, owner of Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates. “By bridging the divide between artists and the passionate community that supports them, it helps us achieve a more creative and diverse society.”

How to Get Tickets: Raffle tickets are $5 per entry or 5 entries for $20. ($40 will also earn 10 entries) They can be purchased by scanning a QR code on-site at each participating business, or by selecting the raffle item from the Heights Arts’ website at www.heightsarts.org/heartintheheheights.

“We have a great level of support and partnership this year,” says Program Manager Aja Grant. “It’s a lovely communal effort to support arts and local businesses that keep our areas authentic.”

Package Prize winners will be announced throughout the month of August, and winners will be notified by email.

Participating Businesses:
Abide Yoga
Abundance Culinary
Adun Spice Co
Aladdin’s Cedar-Fairmount
All Makes Vacuum
Avalon Exchange
BarNone Wine Cafe
Bialy’s Bagels
Blick Art Materials
Boss Dog Brewing Co.
Cedar Lee Bikes
Cedar Lee Theatre*
CLE Urban Winery
Cleveland Rocks and Beads
Critical Hit Games
Dave’s Market
Dewey’s Pizza
Evie Lou
Fiddlehead Gallery
Geraci’s Restaurant
Green Tara Yoga
Grog Shop
Heights Hardware
Heights Libraries
Les Delices
Loganberry Books
Lotus Flower Yoga Collective
Luna Bakery & Cafe
Luster, A Gift Boutique
Mac’s Backs
Made Cleveland
Marchant Manor Cheese
Mister Brisket
Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates
Mitchell’s Ice Cream
New Heights Grill
Northstar Cafe
Olie’s Gift & Ship
Passport to Peru
Pickwick & Frolic
Praxis Fiber Workshop
Shawn Paul Salon
S’il Vous Play
Sophie La Gourmande
Sweet Siren Bakery
Taste Food & Wine
The Bake Shop & The Roaming Biscuit
The Fairmount
The Kensington Pub
The Stone Oven Bakery
The Tavern Company
The Wine Spot
Thirdspace Action Lab Reading Room
Twisted Minds Smoke Shop
Wood Trader
Woodwind Workshop
Wool & Willow Needlepoint
In-Kind Donors:
BOP STOP @ the music settlement
Cleveland Museum of Art
Music Box Supper Club
Mandel JCC
Westwork Architectural

Cleveland Violins
Gigi’s On Fairmount
Melody Joy Hart & Gary Benjamin
Tommy’s Restaurant
WOLFS Gallery
Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa



About Heights Arts

Heights Arts’ mission is to celebrate the region’s literary, musical, and visual artists, and share their contributions with the community.

Founded in 2000, Heights Arts (www.heightsarts.org) is a nonprofit, multi-disciplinary arts organization whose mission is to cultivate a strong, diverse, and collaborative arts community by inspiring people of all ages to engage in the arts; supporting the arts through education; providing exhibition and performance opportunities; and fostering public appreciation for the arts.

Since its inception, Heights Arts has:
• Presented almost 100 exhibitions, featuring the work of more than 500 local and regional artists
• Offered over 60 sold-out chamber music concerts featuring local professional musicians in throughout greater Cleveland, and presented countless free gallery concerts featuring local ensembles
• Provided more than $1.5 million to date in direct support to artists through sales of their work, commissions, and performance fees
• Hosted 11 Poets Laureates – the only community in Northeast Ohio and one of only two cities in the state with a resident laureate until 2018
• Sponsored 13 public art and design projects in the Heights community, including the Coventry P.E.A.C.E Arch and Cedar-Fairmount murals and signage
• Grown a base of 400+ individual and businesses memberships

Heights Arts is generously supported by funding from individuals, businesses, and organizations, including:

The AHS Foundation
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Jean, Harry, and Brenda Fuchs Family Foundation
Peggy and John Garson Family Foundation
The Arthur E, Elsie G, and Betty M Kranz Family Foundation
The Mandel Foundation
The Ohio Arts Council
WWMR Foundation

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