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2019 Cleveland Heritage Medal Recipients to be Honored at Cleveland City Hall

(Cleveland) –The Cleveland Heritage Medal will be bestowed upon four community leaders during a presentation dinner on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Cleveland City Hall Grand Hall Rotunda.

The 2019 honorees are:

  • Robert P. Madison, FAIA, Chair Emeritus, Robert P. Madison International, Inc.
  • Barbara S. Robinson, Chair Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council
  • Art J. Falco, Senior Adviser for special projects to Playhouse Square
  • Thomas W. Adler, Adviser, Playhouse Square Real Estate Services

The Cleveland Heritage Medal was established in 2016 as the highest civilian award in Greater Cleveland. Modeled after the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it recognizes those who have made meritorious contributions to the welfare and development of Cleveland and its citizens and who, as role models, represent the core values of service to others, teamwork, courage, respect, and inclusion and diversity.

The 2019 Cleveland Heritage Medal Chairs are Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO, The MetroHealth System; and Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD, President & CEO, DreamCatcher Educational Consulting.

Previous recipients are:

2016 2017 2018
Morton L. Mandel Carole F. Hoover Toby Cosgrove, MD
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. Samuel H. Miller Robert D. Gries
Sandra Pianalto Albert B. Ratner Steven A. Minter
Richard W. Pogue Michael R. White Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD
Sen. George V. Voinovich    

More information about the Cleveland Heritage Medal can be found at

About the MetroHealth System

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