Elk & Elk challenges Cavs fans to join the fight against pediatric cancer

During the historic 2015-16 season, Elk & Elk teamed up with the Cleveland Cavaliers to launch the “Get That Weak Stuff Out of Here!” Campaign. The firm pledged $100 to Cleveland Clinic Children’s for each shot blocked by the team, resulting in a $40,600 donation to support life-changing research in the fight against pediatric cancer.

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Elk & Elk hosts Holiday Celebration for Cleveland community

HolidayCelebration1On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Elk & Elk welcomed members of the Cleveland community to the firm’s W. 25th St. office for a Holiday Celebration.

The event was free and open to the public. Families were treated to visits and photos with Santa, refreshments, gifts and more. Senior Partner David Elk stopped by to celebrate the holidays with those in attendance.

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Elk & Elk and Cavs go #ALLinORANGE for Hardwood Classics Nights

Hardwood Classics NightsOn Friday, Dec. 9, Elk & Elk kicks off the second annual Hardwood Classics Nights series in partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers during their matchup against the Heat.

The team is turning back the clock and turning up the orange at six home games throughout the 2016-17 season. To pay homage to the teams of the 80s, led by legends including World B. Free, Ron Harper, Mark Price and John “Hot Rod” Williams, the Cavs will sport bright orange retro jerseys. Fans in attendance at the Hardwood Classics Nights games will be treated to commemorative in-game videos, music and entertainment.

As the presenting sponsor of the Hardwood Classics Nights series, Elk & Elk will host autograph sessions with Cavs legends during select games and offer opportunities for fans to win throwback jerseys and other Cavs prizes.

Learn how you could win a Cavs throwback jersey!

LIKE Elk & Elk’s Facebook page or FOLLOW @elkandelk on Twitter for updates about upcoming giveaways and promotions. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation on social media by posting with the hashtags #ALLinORANGE and #CavsHWC.

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers Hardwood Classics Nights Presented by Elk & Elk

  • Friday, Dec. 9 vs. Miami Heat
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 vs. Charlotte Hornets
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4 vs. Chicago Bulls [Legends Autograph Session]*
  • Sunday, Jan. 29 vs. Oklahoma City [Postgame Fan Free Throws]
  • Tuesday, March 14 vs. Detroit Pistons [Legends Autograph Session]*
  • Friday, March 31 vs. Philadelphia 76ers

*Legends Autograph Sessions will be held in or around the Team Shop at Quicken Loans Arena.

Purchase your tickets today, and don’t forget to wear your orange!

During the inaugural year of the series, Hardwood Classics Nights took fans back to the 70s to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Miracle of Richfield and honor Cavs legends from the 1974-81 seasons. The team even shot a groovy intro video to celebrate!

4 ways to give back to your community this holiday season

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Help us stock the pantry at St. Augustine Hunger Center on Nov. 23!

During the holidays, many of us reflect on the things we are grateful for, and how we can use our resources, time or skills to help those who are less fortunate. Whether you’re looking for a way to celebrate Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29, or want to give back to your community more often, below are just a few of the ways you can make a difference.

4 ways to give back to your community during the holidays

1. Food

According to Feeding America, nearly 2 million Ohio residents were food insecure in 2014, including more than 600,000 children. Each dollar donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank can provide four nutritious meals to someone struggling with hunger through over 800 different programs in six Northeast Ohio counties. Contact your regional food bank or local food pantry for information about making a donation or volunteering at a facility.

2. Clothing

Many agencies generate funds for programming and operational expenses by selling donated clothing items in thrift shops at prices accessible to low-income community members. This method of donating is helpful in the long-run, but there are a variety of options for donors who wish to make a more direct contribution.

According to Cleveland’s Community West Foundation, socks are “the item that’s most requested by anyone living outside.” Donate money or new socks to the Foundation’s SocksPLUS program, or contact a local shelter to find out which types of donations are accepted.

Operation Warm provides new winter coats to 300,000 children across the country each year, and Coats for Kids collects new and gently used coats of all sizes at these locations in the Greater Cleveland area.

Career Gear and Dress for Success help impoverished men and women achieve economic independence by distributing gently used professional attire for job interviews and empowering them during their transitions into the workforce.

3. Funding

No organization would turn down a qualifying material donation, but in many cases monetary donations are much more helpful. These types of gifts give agencies more flexibility and the option to direct the funds to the programming areas where they are most needed. The donation process is also more convenient for donors, who can simply mail a check, submit a donation online or set up recurring gifts.

Before donating to a cause, do your research and familiarize yourself with the organization to ensure your dollars will reach those you are trying to help. Many nonprofits post financial statements and annual reports on their websites. These documents often disclose information about the percentage of funds directed to programming. Learn more about reliable charity evaluation systems and how to detect charity scams.

4. Time

You don’t need money or material items to make a difference in your community. Many charities and nonprofits rely primarily on the work of volunteers to accomplish their missions.

Contact local organizations for information about current volunteer opportunities, or use sites like Volunteer Match and All for Good to find opportunities related to your interests.

Catchafire and Taproot+ allow community members to contribute at an organizational level through skill-based volunteering and pro bono work. Projects range from one-hour consulting calls to multi-month projects, and can involve marketing, web design, legal and financial expertise, and a variety of other professional skills.

Some of our firm’s favorite causes include Cleveland Clinic Children’s, The Gathering Place and St. Augustine Food Pantry.

How do you make a difference in your community? Tell us about your favorite charities and nonprofits in the comments!

Upcoming Ohio Events: 2016 Fall Festivals, Events & Attractions

The fall months are a favorite time of year for many Ohioans. The changing colors of the fall festivals and eventsleaves, pleasant weather and a variety of seasonal events offer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives. Whether you’re looking to view the beautiful scenery, or attend a family-friendly festival, one of these upcoming attractions around the state could be for you.

2016 Ohio Fall Festivals, Events & Attractions

Bob Evans Farm Festival | Oct. 14 – 16

The 46th Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival offers unique arts and crafts, demonstrations, live entertainment and children’s activities. Guests are invited to sit down at the original Bob Evans Restaurant and enjoy popular fall foods and desserts. Country singer Craig Morgan takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, followed by a fireworks display at 9:30. Tickets for the concert can be purchased online for $15.

Cleveland Metroparks Fall Hayrides | Oct. 15 & 22

Tractor-drawn hayrides through Mill Stream Run Reservation are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and leave every half hour between 6 and 10 p.m. No reservation is required for public hayrides, and group hayrides may be reserved for $175 per wagon. Cost is $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 11. Children under 2 are free, and must sit on an adult’s lap on the wagon. Admission includes line and square dancing, face painting, balloon twisting, a scavenger hunt, crafts, games, prizes and more.

Circleville Pumpkin Show | Oct. 19 – 22

This pumpkin-themed agricultural exhibit and street fair has attracted crowds each fall for more than a century. From parades and live music, to unique pumpkin-flavored foods and massive pumpkins weighing more than 1,600 pounds, Circleville Pumpkin Show offers something for everyone. More than 20,000 pumpkin pies and 100,000 pumpkin donuts are sold during the four-day festival, and one local bakery displays a 400-pound pumpkin pie in honor of the event. View the full festival schedule.

Tom’s Corn Maze | Select dates through Oct. 30

Guests are challenged to find 12 puzzle pieces while exploring this 8-acre maze. It is open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and noon to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is just $8, and children under 5 are free. Cost includes access to the maze, Punkin’ Chunkin’ Cannon Demonstrations, farm animal displays and much more. Bring these coupons to receive $1 off admission and $2 off a pumpkin purchase.

Boo at the Zoo & HallZooween | Select dates through Oct. 30

During the month of October, many zoos host Halloween-themed events for children and families. Learn more about the upcoming attractions at your local zoo:

• Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

• Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

• Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

• Akron Zoo

Which festivals and events are you looking forward to attending this fall? Tell us in the comments!