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Tara Fenner - Young LeaderTara Fenner

Assistant Director of Development
Cleveland Clinic Foundation






Tara’s Favorites:

Favorite Lunch Spot:Sweet Melissa’s in University Heights & J. Pistone Market in Shaker Heights
Favorite Local Restaurant: Johnny Mango’s in Ohio City & Dante in Tremont
Favorite Radio Station:I’m a channel surfer between all of Cleveland’s best – Q104.1, Z107.9, 99.5 WGAR for my country fix and of course 96.5 Kiss-FM
Favorite TV Show: I almost never watch TV but I would say that I have consistently been a fan of Modern Family over the years – the show is pretty hysterical.
Favorite Sports Team: Cleveland Cavs! Wine & Gold United #allin
Favorite Hangout: Hotz Café is my favorite Cleveland gem. The dog-friendly patios in Ohio City are great during the summer and I really enjoy the Cleveland Museum of Art events throughout the year.

Why did you get involved with Young Leaders and United Way?

I joined the Young Leaders Cabinet because of its mission, which is to eliminate the income achievement gap in Greater Cleveland around four impact areas: basic needs, education, economic self-sufficiency and health. The Young Leaders Cabinet is made up of some of the community’s most impressionable young adults who are committed to the city by serving as advocates for United Way of Greater Cleveland. I believe that it takes a collaborative effort to make a difference in the world, and the Young Leaders Cabinet leaves its imprint by working together through philanthropy and volunteer engagement.

What is your favorite Young Leader event and why?

Fall Ball – What an incredible event! It is a great night to look sharp and feel good about making a difference. This year, Fall Ball will be on Saturday, September 23 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Save the Date!

Are you involved with any other groups or activities? If so, what are they?

Yes! I am involved with many different groups, which is why joining the Young Leaders Cabinet was such a good fit. I have been involved with Providence House and A Crisis Nursery for a couple a years in various capacities. Currently, I am the Event Co-Chair for their PHriends young professional group. I have fostered through Muttley Crue, a local dog rescue and volunteer to help with their events. I have been a volunteer captain and advocate for VeloSano – the Bike to Cure Community Event, since its inception in 2013. Over the years, VeloSano has raised $8 million+ which is already funding the most promising cancer research initiatives at Cleveland Clinic. I also work within the Philanthropy Institute at Cleveland Clinic so, I partake in many different fundraising activities with the most remarkable and change inspiring colleagues.

In your opinion, what makes Cleveland a good city for young professionals?

Cleveland is the sort of place where you can lead your passion rather than follow it.  There is so much opportunity for work, service, involvement and creativity for those who want it and have the motivation to pursue it.

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