Each year Joel’s Place for Children hosts two special events: our Annual Fundraiser and Butterfly Release. Our annual fundraiser is held every fall. This annual event raises between 65%-75% of our annual budget used to fund our support groups. Learn more about the events below:

2023 Marks 20 Years of Grief Support
at Joel's Place for Children!

Celebrate 20 years of grief support at Joel’s Place for Children on Saturday, October 7th 1-4pm at Forest City Brewery!

Joel's Place for Children free grief support groups for kids teens children in Cleveland

Thank You Sincerely to This Year's Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors – The Garland Company

Gold Sponsors – One Step Ahead, McGorray-Hannah Funeral Homes, Dr. Tom & Mrs. Kathy Stellato,
Catholic Cemeteries Association, Benesch Law , Verner & McDermott Families

Silver Sponsors – The Lash Lounge, Mr. Rick Porter, Michele’s Interior Painting & Decorating, Ulmer & Berne LLP, Inn the Doghouse (Lakewood & Mentor), Alber and Rice, Lion and Blue, Suzanne Boutros, Akram Boutros Companies, Steve Petras & Family

Annual Memorial Butterfly Release Every Summer

Our second annual event is our Butterfly Release, which is held every summer to gather the families of Joel’s Place during our Summer break,  for a celebration of remembrance where we release live butterflies in honor of those who have died, and gather for a light lunch in the park. Families pay nothing to attend and participate in our annual Butterfly Release. Visit us on Facebook and look below to view photos from our Butterfly Releases over the years:

Our 13th annual fundraiser, A Fall Celebration, was held on October 12th, 2019 at Michaud’s in Strongsville, OH. Jul Big Green was our live music performer and DJ! Again we welcomed Cleveland’s Most Sought After Benefit Auctioneer, Bob Hale. Our attendees enjoyed a wonderful evening that raised funds to support our no-cost grief support groups for children and families, and many attendees left with some amazing prizes and auction items. Thank you to all who supported this event!

More Photos from our Grief Support Group Events for Children and their Families in Cleveland

Children’s Grief Support Groups
End-of-Session Party 2019

Children’s Grief Support Groups
End-of-Session Party December 2018

Children’s Grief Support Groups
Butterfly Release 2018

Children’s Grief Support Groups
10th Annual Fundraiser: Destination: Cleveland

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