Hanna Perkins’ 65th anniversary benefit to honor Susan Y. Meisel

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Beth Watson, Director of Development

Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development celebrates 65th anniversary with benefit honoring Susan Yarus Meisel

Jan. 20, 2016

SHAKER HEIGHTS –The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has announced that this year’s Hadden Award will be presented to Susan Y. Meisel for her passion and devotion to the organization’s mission of supporting healthy emotional development in children.

Susan Y Meisel - lowresShe will be honored at the Spotlight On Our Stars benefit, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, which also celebrates the 65th anniversary of Hanna Perkins’ founding. The benefit will be held at The Hanna Perkins Center, 19910 Malvern Road, Shaker Heights. In addition to presentation of the award, it will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and live and silent auctions.

Meisel is immediate past president of the Board of Directors, and during her term guided the organization through a time of critical transition. Prior to that, she served for six years on the board’s development committee. Meisel also serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, where she works with commanders of youth at-risk army bases of the Israeli Defense Force; she is vice president of the board of trustees for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (VP); and is a member of Hawken School’s Alumni Association Board, serving as president from 2008-2010. She also sits on the steering committee for the Cleveland Alzheimer’s Association “Night of a Thousand Lights” benefit. Meisel and her husband Peter have been married for 30 years, and have three children. They live in Solon.

The Hadden Award honors the passionate commitment of Lainie and Dr. John Hadden, whose inspired dedication has enhanced the mission of The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development. Lainie Hadden herself was honored by the organization at its 60th anniversary in 2011.

Information about tickets and sponsorships to Spotlight On Our Stars is available from Hanna Perkins at 216-991-4472.

About Hanna Perkins

Founded in 1951, The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development promotes healthy emotional development in children by providing services to families, professionals and organizations.

Hanna Perkins is located in the historic renovation of the former Malvern School in Shaker Heights. Services include:

Hanna Perkins School: Preschool, state-chartered kindergarten and parent/toddler classes, all focused on emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage feelings – which is regarded as a building block for other success skills.

Parenting resources: Classes and consultation on child development and behavior.

Hadden Clinic for Children & Families: Assessment, treatment and developmental guidance for children and adolescents.

Education for professionals: State-approved training for teachers, child care providers, social workers and others who regularly work with children.

Training for organizations and agencies: Customized staff training for early learning centers and other organization.

Child and adolescent psychoanalytic training: An intensive program that prepares professionals to provide psychoanalytic therapy to children and adolescents, and to work closely with children’s parents.


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