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Darya Klammer Fundraiser and Drink Local Drink Tap Event


Thursday, September 20th, found us racing to two events first in Willoughby and then here in Cleveland.

A couple of weeks ago we received an invitation to attend a fundraiser for Ms. Darya Klammer, who is running for a seat on the 11th District Court of Appeals that takes in parts of Ashtabula, Geauga, Portage and Trumball counties. The fundraiser took place in the early evening at The Phoenix House on the Andrews Osborne Academy Campus on Mentor Avenue.


We made arrangements to arrive early because we wanted to have a moment to personally commend Ms. Klammer and extend to her our best wishes. She certainly has an impressive resume having once held the posts of Acting Judge in the Mentor Municipal Court and Assistant Prosecutor in the Geauga County Prosecutor's office as well as the President of both the Mentor School Foundation and the Lake County Bar Association. Currently, she is a Magistrate in the Mentor Municipal Court.

We were pleased to learn that among her endorsements are those of the Western Lake County Fraternal Order of Polic" and the Plain Dealer.

While we were at the fundraiser, we were heartened that attorney Mr. Richard Drucker, our friend and colleague from Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, also stopped off to show his support.

Our next event was the 6th Annual Splash Party for Drink Local. Drink Tap. Inc. (DLDT), a non-profit organization that inspires individuals to recognize and solve water issues through creative education, events, and providing safe water access to people in need. As its website indicates, DLDT works "with local people in East Africa to build safe, sustainable water sources in rural school communities, refugee settlements, and city slums."

The event was held at the Ernst and Young Rooftop Penthouse. We had to leave early because we needed time to maneuver through the Browns and Indians game traffic to get to Cleveland in time. Since the Browns were ultimately victorious at last, we do not resent the delay.

As we were leaving, our friend, Mr. Kevin Malecek, was just arriving; he could only stay for a few minutes himself because, as he told us, he was going to Cleveland also to attend the football game but he, too, is on board with DLDT and was glad we were making an effort to make it to the celebration.

So we took a deep breath and drove on the freeway to Cleveland relatively quickly. Of course things slowed down as we neared the stadium but the law enforcement officials who were guiding the traffic did a good job and which resulted in traveling conditions not being as overwhelming as we anticipated. In fact, we arrived at Ernst & Young a lot quicker than we thought we would.

Soon we were in the Penthouse visiting with a wonderful variety of socially-conscious individuals including Mr. Lee DeAngelis, Director of Support Services of the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association who is a member of the Board of Directors for DLDT and Dr. S. Rao Chitikela, a Consultant with RC WEE Solutions who has volunteered a lot of his time to assisting DLDT with various projects. We were also greeted by Ms. Erin Huber, Executive Director and Founder of Drink Local. Drink Tap.

First and foremost among the speakers that night was Mr. Kizito Johnson, who has been the Technical Director for DLDT in Uganda since 2012. He testified about his own experience in his home country as a child, when he had to haul water from significant distances. His story underlined the importance of the work of DLDT. He also talked about conditions in the Kapindu Refugee Settlement in Uganda and how DLDT has the potential to really make a difference there but only if we continue to offer support to the organization.


This was Mr. Johnson's first visit to the United States and helped us to realize how fortunate we are to have water in such abundance here in Cleveland that we often leave the water running while washing our hands and/or washing the dishes. For Mr. Johnson, as he was growing up, it was often a choice between washing his hands and/or washing the dishes.

Justin Faulhaber