Nominations for Honorees to be recognized during Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month in October 2021 are being requested by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee. The categories for nomination include: Arts & Culture, Business, City or County Employee, Individual, Public Servant, or Youth.
The date for the awards event and Italian American Heritage Month opening ceremony is Monday, October 4, 2021. Last year, the awards event was recorded and posted online due to public health restrictions banning large events. In previous years, the event took place in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda, with nearly 300 in attendance. The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee is uncertain how the ceremony will be held this year and will share details with the community as soon as they are available.
With Matt Zone’s resignation from Cleveland City Council last year, Councilmen Blaine Griffin and Mike Polensek will now serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee, along with Mayor Frank Jackson as an Honorary Co-Chair, and Pamela Dorazio Dean as Chairperson.