Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

The 2018 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame has been announced.  The committee chose from over 100 deserving nominees and agreed unanimously on these 6 individuals.  Congratulations to the Class of 2018.

  • Sister Alicia Alvarado (Puerto Rican heritage)
  • Sheila Murphy Crawford (Irish heritage)
  • Dr. Atul Mehta (Indian heritage)
  • Abdullah (Abby) Mina (Lebanese heritage)
  • Ralph Perk Jr. (Czech Heritage - American Nationalities Movement)
  • Judge Ray Pianka (posthumously) (Polish heritage)

They will be inducted in a dinner ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center downtown on Tuesday April 17, 2018.  

To place a congratulatory message in the collector’s edition program book and/or for sponsorship and ticket information e-mail or call Debbie at 216-406-6594.

Magnum Computers Annual Holiday Party

Each year we like to gather an eclectic group of friends and business associates for a holiday lunch. No, it's not just techies. Media, non-profits, politicians, business, cultural - they were all represented.

The food and atmosphere at Bo Loong at 38th and St. Clair is always terrific and our 75 guests maxed out the party room.

Jose Feliciano

Jim Cookinham and Dan Hanson

Joshua Edmonds

Paramjit Singh

Russ Mitchell and Brad Sussman

Gia Hoa Ryan, Lisa Wong, Nada Martonovic and Oanh Loi-Powell

More photos from the 2017 Magnum Party

The attendees are involved in one or more of the projects that we are involved in such as: 

  • Computers Assisting People (CAP) Inc. which has refurbished and donated over 15,000 PCs to over 450 schools and non-profits in Cleveland.

  • where we celebrate the 100+ ethnic groups in the area and make it a more attractive destination for immigrant talent as well as showing what a cool and diverse city we live in.

  • which has grown, by popular demand, from a section on GreatLakesGeek to its own website with some great speakers and topics.

  • which was intended to give visiting reporters some interesting stories during the RNC and Cavs championship run but has evolved into a collection of great Cleveland stories, firsts and landmarks.

  • which is for foodies, chefs and wannabe chefs as we celebrate how Cleveland has become a foodie town with great chefs and restaurants.

  • Cleveland Food Adventurers a group that visits local ethnic restaurants and learns about the food and culture while enjoying camaraderie and a great meal.

  • for the 50 and over crowd and those who care for and about them.

  • ClevelandWomen.Com for girls and women of all ages in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

  • Cleveland International Hall of Fame which recognizes lifetimes of important and enduring contributions to Cleveland's multi cultural communities.

  • The business, science and technology information on is becoming more essential as many of our longtime favorite print publications have disappeared or cut back.

  • Magnum Computers Inc. where we try and earn some $ so we can volunteer more for CAP and support our other projects. (grin)

  • ClevelandPets.Com for the four-legged (and other) members of our families.
  • And some more projects we are working on.
When asked what the diverse group of guests had in common, some reflection made it clear that they, like us, love Cleveland. Most have had many opportunities to work and live in other cities. But we have all chosen to be here because we believe in the city.

As attendees introduced themselves, this became evident and all were impressed by the positive outlooks expressed.

And though the techies naturally gravitated to their own area, as did the media, international, political and other types of guests the fun was when seemingly unconnected people discovered a thread that connected them to someone else in the room.

Want to be invited next year? Let's do some positive things together next year.

Monday, December 11, 2017

International Fashion Show

A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.

2 pages of photos and videos

International Fashion Show page 1


International Fashion Show page 2

8th Annual International Cleveland Expo

The mission of the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) is to "Celebrate Cleveland's multicultural communities through collaboration and cooperation on initiatives that promote the prosperity of the region and its diverse people".

One of the most popular of ICC-WIN's activities is the annual Multicultural Holiday Party. The 2017 event, held at the Global Center for Health Innovation, was the 8th annual party. Hundreds of people from dozens of diverse backgrounds gathered to sample international foods, watch performances, view an international fashion show and meet and socialize with others.

Multicultural People Watching in Cleveland

It was a lot of fun watching the people in traditional ethnic costumes at the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration.

Take a look at the ICC-WIN People Page and see if you recognize anyone.