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Ohio Junior Hockey Festival Date: April 27th-30th & May 11th-14th Ohio Junior Hockey Association dba The Cleveland Barons Hockey Association is a non-profit 501 (c3) corporation established to promote" Cleveland Hockey" and give players age 9 thru Junior A level hockey an opportunity to play at the highest level possible.We are very pleased to be a part of the growth of hockey not only in the Cleveland area but in the United States. The Cleveland Barons are proud to say that they have helped put the state of Ohio on the USA Hockey map and anticipate the opportunity to continue producing college impact players and NHL prospects by participating at USA Hockey's highest sanctioned levels. Our program consist of our Junior A team which plays in the North American Hockey League and our youth development program consisting of players 9 thru 17 that play AAA Hockey in the Midwest Elite Hockey League.

The Barons recognize that supplying all equipment,medical costs, supplying free ice time, travel expense including hotels, bus, and food, and paying for proper housing for players is necessary to operate at the highest level.

The Cleveland Barons have been in operation for 12 seasons and are considered a cornerstone for the North American Hockey League. With the growth and development the Barons have experienced in their 12 year history, we look forward with anticipation to continuing to build the Barons tradition of excellence.

The exciting part of being involved with this franchise is being an active participant in the building of the foundation of a championship program both on and off the ice. We look for a committed self-disciplined individuals who value hard work, teamwork and perseverance in order to respond to the challenge of making the barons an institution in USA Junior Hockey.

Easter Seals
Easter Seals Northeast Ohio Festival Date: May 4th-7th For more than 85 years, Easter Seals has been creating solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities or other special needs and their families. Our commitment is to provide the highest quality services to help people with disabilities lead lives full of equality, dignity and independence. These services include educational, medical, support and recreational programs.

Cleveland Baseball Federation
Cleveland Baseball Federation Festival Date: May 18th-21st & September 14th-17th The Cleveland Baseball Federation is a 95-year old non-profit organization that provides the necessary funding so that the City of Cleveland’s boys and girls, ages 6-19, can have the opportunity to participate in youth baseball and softball programs at no cost to them. CBF provides the necessary leadership to ensure that these baseball programs contain components which promote social and educational values to help these youth become productive adult citizens.

Amateur Figure Skaters
Amateur Figure Skaters of America Endowment Fund Festival Date: May 25th-28th The AFSAEF was created in 2001 to provide financial support to young and talented skaters that aspire to achieve greatness. Its goal is to identify, reinforce, and promote the skater's physical, mental and civic progress by optimizing training opportunities for low income young talented figure skaters particularly those that are demonstrating that active and successful skating careers can be combined with above average academics and normal youth activities.

Garfield Heights Boosters
Garfield Heights Athletic Booster Club Festival Date: June 1st-4th & August 24th-27th The Booster Club has provided in excess of $1.5 million in the past 39 years for major projects like baseball and softball fields, football stands, weight rooms, soccer goals, wrestling mats and other sports equipment. It gives annual support for uniforms, equipment, rewards/recognition and scolarships. The club also started the Little Bulldog: Wrestling, Football, Basketball, and Cheerleading.


Mentor Junior High Festival Date: June 8th-11th The Mentor Junior High Athletic Boosters support all junior high interscholastic sports teams; help improve sports equipment and facilities; work cooperatively with other extracurricular support groups and strive to become a community forum to encourage cooperation, good ideas, constructive contributions for the general improvement of the junior high athletic programs.

Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Festival Date: June 15th-18th Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NOBCCF) works to eradicate breast cancer by focusing public officials, community stakeholders, research institutions and consumer advocates on breast cancer. The Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund will work to inform, train and direct breast cancer patients and concerned others in knowledgeable and effective patient and research advocacy efforts at all levels. Our members advocate for the funding of quality research, improving access to high-quality screening, diagnosis, treatment and care, including access to clinical trials; and inclusion of breast cancer survivors and allies in the breast cancer decision making process.

Up Side of Downs
Up Side of Downs Festival Date: June 22nd-25th Up Side of Downs of Greater Cleveland is dedicated to providing support, advocacy, education and resources for persons with Down syndrome and their families. Our organization is committed to building a community where people with Down syndrome are independent and have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Our purpose is to improve the quality of life for all those families touched by Down syndrome.

Valley Forge High School Adult Boosters Festival Date: June 29th-July 2nd

EMS Rams
E.M.S. Rams Youth Football Team, Inc. Festival Date: July 6th-9th The E.M.S. Rams Youth Football Team, Inc. is a volunteer community based program that administers tackle football and cheerleading in the greater Cleveland area. The E.M.S. Rams Youth Football team is a non-profit organization composed of parents, grand-parents, friends and community servants who volunteer their time to aid, mold and develop the social, moral, and spiritual characteristics of inner-city youths who reside in the City of Cleveland. We are an organization that promotes diversity. We do not discriminate against individuals based on race, religion, sex or creed. We are advocates for student athletes with a strict emphasis on education. We believe in self-motivation driven by the desire to succeed. We believe in a drug-free society. We are the E.M.S. Rams

Art On Wheels, Inc.
Art on Wheels Festival Date: July 13th-16th Our mission is to serve as a nonprofit traveling art education organization, to give a voice to individuals of all abilities through engagement in hands-on arts experiences that enrich the lives of individuals, their families and our community.

Special Olympics Ohio
Greater Cleveland Special Olympics Festival Date: July 20th-24th Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics. Special Olympics currently serves more than 1.7 million persons with intellectual disabilities in more than 200 Programs in more than 150 countries

Humane Society of Akron Festival Date: July 27th-30th The Humane Society of Greater Akron is a private, non-profit organization. We rescue, rehabilitate, and find loving homes for animals that have been victims of cruelty, abuse, abandonment, injury and illness. We are proud to serve all of Summit County and rely on donations from the community to continue to provide these invaluable services. No adoptable animal is ever euthanized. We also provide free education programs and outreach to the area. We know that education about proper animal care can teach compassion and empathy for living creatures and is a wonderful tool in creating better neighborhoods.

Cleveland PAL
Cleveland Police Athletic League (PAL) Festival Dates: August 3rd-6th & August 10th-13th The Cleveland Police Athletic League program has been in existence for over 70 years and originally started in the late 1930’s by then Safety Director Elliot Ness. Cleveland PAL is one of the oldest and largest Athletic Leagues in the nation and has a rich history in providing quality recreational and educational activities for youth. Since its inception, the Police Athletic League has provided opportunities for children to participate in positive, wholesome sports, recreational and extracurricular activities. In this way PAL hopes to divert children from negative influences and enhance a child’s individual self-esteem, discipline, and actualization.

Please donate your old eye glases! Drop them off at the Festival entrance.
Lion's Eye Clinic Inc. Festival Date: August 17th-20th The Lions Eye Clinic Inc at St Vincent Charity Hospital has been in existence since 1970, founded by members of the Lions Clubs of Northeast Ohio in partnership with St. Vincent Charity Hospital of Cleveland, Ohio. The clinic is supported by the 1,240 Lions of Northeast Ohio. The purpose of the clinic is to provide eyeglasses and eye care assistance for those in need. The counties we cover are Cuyahoga, Medina, Lake, Summit, Ashtabula, & Geauga. The Organization is a 501c3 Charitable organization and also has provided over $500,000 in eye care equipment to the Eye Clinic at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. The Organization provides over 400 pairs of eyeglasses to those in need annually, as well as financial assistance for surgical procedures and special vision equipment for children in need.

Church of the Transfiguration Festival Date: August 31st-September 3rd The Church of The Transfiguration is a 100-year old Cleveland Landmark Church in the University Circle area (8614 Euclid) between the Cleveland Clinic and The Cleveland Payhouse. We are involved in outreach to the community around us: Fairfax Community; Host for Hunger Center for over 35 years; Thrift Shop; AA meetings; Drums along The Ohio; and Share Church Space.

Mustang Wrestling

Mustang Wrestling Club Festival Date: September 7th-10th

  CSU Foundation Festival Date: September 21st-24th

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North Royalton Baseball Boosters Festival Date: September 23rd-26th The North Royalton Baseball Boosters are a non-profit volunteer organization whose goal is to provide youth summer baseball and softball for the City of North Royalton. Looking to get more involved? Have a desire to help out? NRBB is always looking for volunteers in a variety of capacities to help our program thrive. Visit http://www.nrbb.org for more information.

Cleveland Edges
Cleveland Edges Syncronized Skating Club Festival Date: October 5th-8th The Cleveland Edges is a synchronized skating team with members throughout Cleveland and surrounding communities. The skaters range in age starting as young as six years old up to adults. They participate in competitions and exhibitions in Ohio and surrounding states.