The First Tee of Cleveland will host the 8th Annual Grit, Gratitude & You Breakfast on Friday, November 22 at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Street, on the west bank of Cleveland’s Flats. The event takes place from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

A celebration of The First Tee of Cleveland’s impact along with the achievements of its participants, the breakfast will include:

  • Presentation of The Del de Windt Leadership Award for Civic Engagement to Rick Buoncore, Managing Partner of MAI Capital Management, and the first Board Chair of The First Tee of Cleveland


  • Keynote Speaker:  June Ryan, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired). June is a dynamic trainer, speaker, author and coach.


  • The Doris A. Evans, M.D. Merit Scholarship presentation to Kate Hickey

Independent research has shown that The First Tee curriculum has a positive impact on the participants’ grades, self-confidence and social responsibility. Proceeds from the breakfast will enable The First Tee of Cleveland to extend its reach to more youth in need of social and emotional skills throughout Northeast Ohio.

Co-chairs of the 2019 breakfast are Heather Schmidt and Daryl Deckard. Sponsorships opportunities are available.

7:00 am – Registration & Coffee
7:30 – 8:00 am – Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am – Program

Grit Gratitude & You Breakfast Corporate Sponsor Package 2019

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For more information, call 216-641-7799 or email