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Public Invited to Submit Nominations for 2021 Cleveland Heritage Medal

Community leaders will be selected for the honor, which will be bestowed later this year

The Cleveland Heritage Medal Committee is accepting nominations from the public at

Nominations for the 2021 awards are being accepted online through Friday, April 23. All submissions will be presented to members of the Cleveland Heritage Medal Committee in June. This year’s winners will be announced in September.

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.

If circumstances allow for a return to an in-person presentation dinner, the Cleveland Heritage Medal will be bestowed upon the honorees on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Cleveland City Hall Grand Hall Rotunda.

Previous recipients are as follows:


Morton L. Mandel, Carole F. Hoover, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr., Samuel H. Miller, Sandra Pianalto, Albert B. Ratner, Richard W. Pogue, Michael R. White, Sen. George V. Voinovich


Toby Cosgrove, MD, Thomas W. Adler, Robert D. Gries, Art J. Falco, Steven A. Minter, Robert P. Madison, FAIA, Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD, Barbara S. Robinson


Jeanette Grasselli Brown, Bracy E. Lewis, A. Malachi Mixon III

The 2021 Cleveland Heritage Medal Committee Chairs are Akram Boutros, MD, President and CEO of The MetroHealth System; and Trina Evans, Chief of Staff and Director, Corporate Center, KeyBank. The Committee is made up of a diverse group of community and corporate leaders.

More information about the Cleveland Heritage Medal can be found at




KeyBank's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $170.3 billion at December 31, 2020. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,000 branches and approximately 1,400 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.


About The MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers For more information, visit