2017 Starlight Guardian Humanitarian Award Raises $350,000

Coach Sam Rutigliano, Former NFL Coach, Venture Philanthropist,

and Television & Radio Host Honored


(Cleveland, Ohio) A true champion of Our Lady of the Wayside was honored as recipient at the Our Lady of the Wayside’s 13th Annual Starlight Guardian Humanitarian Award, presented by The Shamrock Companies, during a luncheon hosted by WTAM 1100’s Bill Wills at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Former NFL Coach, venture philanthropist, and television & radio host received the award before a capacity crowd of over 600. The event also highlighted the 2017 Eastern Conference Champion and 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 American League Champion Cleveland Indians, and 2016 Calder Cup Champions Cleveland Monsters, for their enduring dedication to the community at-large.

“Coach Sam Rutigliano has earned Wayside’s highest honor because, in addition to distinguishing himself as a Cleveland football legend, he has humbly shared his quiet strength in support of others,” said Terry Davis, President & CEO of Our Lady of the Wayside. “And certainly, the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Monsters are renowned for their triumphs on the court and field. However, they – along with Coach Sam – have championed our community in countless ways.”

The Starlight benefit has raised nearly $3.7 million dollars since it was inaugurated in 2005. This year’s proceeds will fund new Pathways Day Program locations in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties. The agency is grateful for the overwhelming support the Starlight event has generated over the years to provide services for over 800 individuals with disabilities in nearly 85 neighborhood homes in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Geauga, Medina, Summit and Trumbull Counties.

Past recipients of the award include:  Alex Machaskee, Retired Publisher, The Plain Dealer; The Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, Retired Bishop of Cleveland; Larry Dolan, Owner of the Cleveland Indians; Robert Troop, President of the Shamrock Companies; John R. Climaco, Attorney and long-time agency supporter; Jim Brown, legendary Cleveland Browns running back; Gary Bauman, parent/advocate and Board Member of The Wayside; Marilyn Cunin, devoted parent/advocate and model of humility; Mike and Sharon Hargrove, individuals who embrace the spirit of giving; Jack Kahl, Founder and Retired President of Manco; Michael Clegg, Parent and Retired President of Ostendorf-Morris; Tom Cutter, Business Leader and Former Board Chair of The Wayside; John Lanigan, Broadcast Personality; Ed Crawford, and Business Leader & Philanthropist; Chris Zito, President of Zito Insurance & Board Member of The Wayside; David Weiner, Attorney and Board Member of The Wayside; Fred Koury, President & CEO, Smart Business Network; Paul Hanna, President & Founder of Blue Technologies; Bill Wills, Morning Show Host, WTAM Newsradio 1100AM; Ratanjit Sondhe, Inspirational Business Leader; and Dick Griffin, Business Leader and Board Member of Our Lady of the Wayside.                                       

“We’re profoundly grateful for the agency’s generous benefactors. Wayside’s success in providing high quality programming for children and adults with developmental disabilities depends on their support,” said Davis.

The Starlight Guardian Humanitarian Award event is sponsored by: Abilitrax; Airforce One; The Alpha Group; Gary Bauman & Ruth Herzak; Blue Technologies; Brookwood Lifetime Care; Cavitch, Familo & Durkin; Central Exterminating Company; Cleveland Cavaliers; Cleveland Indians; Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, & Garofoli Co., LPA; Mr. & Mrs. Terry Davis; The Jim Dixon Family; Ganley Lincoln of Middleburg Heights; Great Lakes Computer Corporation; Lipson O’Shea Legal Group; Medical Mutual of Ohio; McCarthy, Lebitt, Crystal & Liffman; Sam & Maria Miller Foundation; Northwest Savings Bank; Ray’s Auto & Truck Service; Reed Financial; Mr. & Mrs. Roger Serra; The Shamrock Companies; Smart Business Network; Strategic Healthcare; Robert Troop; Ultimate Software; Sports Radio 92.3 The FAN Cleveland; 850 ESPN Cleveland WKNR; Newsradio 1100 WTAM; Zito Insurance Agency; and the Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Trumbull County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.