NOTE: In the following months, will be transitioning to as we officially changeover to our new name Values-in-Action Foundation. Information about our Project Love school programming will continue to be available at Please check back frequently for updates as we complete this transition. For questions, please contact our office at 440.442.5683. Thank you.

Project Love is a school-based, character-development initiative of Values-in-Action Foundation.

Values-in-Action Foundation is a character-building education and training organization. Through school workshops, community events, leadership training and media programs, Values-in-Action empowers teens and adults to build communities of kindness, caring and respect by putting their values-in-action wherever they go.

Purple America is a national initiative of Values-in-Action Foundation to re-focus the American conversation to a civil, productive and respectful dialogue around our shared values. To see America's shared values and get involved, go to



Celebration of Goodness

The Celebration of Goodness luncheon is an annual, free event, founded by Sam Miller of Forest City Enterprises, to honor local community members for their contribution to the community, for principled leadership, and for setting an inspiring example for others to follow. The event is open to the public and attended by members of the business community and select students.

(left to right) Stuart Muszynski, Bill Considine, Calvin Williams, Sam Miller, Dr. Akram Boutros, Bruce Akers, Albert Ratner, Ratanjit Sondhe

The Sam Miller Goodness Award was presented to Bruce Akers, Akram Boutros, MD,  Bill Considine, and Chief Calvin Williams at the Celebration of Goodness on June 30, 2016. Please view the honoree tribute videos for each of the deserving honorees below:

Bruce Akers, Retired Mayor, City of Pepper Pike:

Akram Boutros, MD, President & CEO, The MetroHealth:

Bill Considine, President & CEO, Akron Children's Hospital:

Calvin Williams, Chief of Police, City of Cleveland:


We look forward to the 2017 Celebration of Goodness. Details to be announced at a later date.


Distinguished past honorees include:

2016: Bruce Akers, Akram Boutros, MD,  Bill Considine, and Chief Calvin Williams

2015: Dick Bogomolny, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, Nacy Panzica and Rev. Hilton Smith

2014: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and Mitch Balk, and Event Founder Sam Miller

2013: Governor John R. Kasich, Sister Judith Ann Karam and Jane & Lee Seidman

2012: Bishop Roger W. Gries, O.S.B., Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Eleanor Fanslau, Forest City Enterprises, Inc., Lute Harmon, Sr. Great Lakes Publishing Company

2011: Case Western Reserve University represented by Barbara R. Snyder, President and Cleveland Metropolitan School District represented by Peter E. Raskind, Interim CEO

2010: Giant Eagle Foundation represented by Anthony & Donna Rego and the Phyllis and Debra Ann November Children's Fund represented by Mort & Iris November

2009: Daniel McCarthy & Burton Saltzman

2008: Norma Lerner

2007: Eugene T.W. Sanders, Ph.D. and Harlan Diamond

2006: Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Arnold R. Pinkney

2005: The Cleveland Foundation

2004: Reverend Otis and Edwina Moss, Sandy and Sally Cutler

2003: Alex Machaskee

2002: Gordon Heffern and Steven Minter

2001: The Most Reverend Bishop Anthony Pilla and Barbara Byrd Bennett



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