Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Class of 2017
Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for the 2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.
The Cleveland International Hall of Fame Class of 2017 consists of
(in alphabetical order) :
2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
The ceremony on April 18, 2017 began after a networking/cocktail hour. The Horizon Science Academy's Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the colors to begin the 2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions.
Horizon Science Academy's Junior ROTC Color Guard
Andrea Anelli, director of ContempOpera Cleveland led the crowd of 500 in the national anthem.
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Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com was the MC for the 2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions.
Dan introduced the inductees, thanked the sponsors and spoke about the state of ethnics and diversity in Cleveland comparing it to the problems in the rest of the world by referencing the "Chinese curse" 'May you live in interesting times."
Board members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame were introduced.
Debbie Hanson, Steve Owendoff, John Lewis and Bill Carney (not pictured - Dan Hanson and Mike Miller)
Reverend Remus Grama from Saint Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral gave the blessing before dinner.
Reverend Remus Grama
Reverend Remus Grama
After dinner, the Marriott servers and wait staff were thanked.
Thanks to our chefs, servers and wait staff
Then the Class of 2017 was inducted.
Mona Alag, Jim Craciun and Basil Russo
Dr. Wael Khoury, Marianna Miller and Seung (Sam) Kim
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Basil Russo with daughter Gabriella and son-in-law Joe
The 2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions concluded with Dan Hanson making a personal comment about each of the 6 inductees: Sam Kim, Bill Miller, Dr. Wael Khoury, Basil Russo, Jim Craciun and Mona Alag. He then led the audience in a toast to the new class.