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A Summer Night’s Dream: The FutureHeights Annual Benefit

Please join us for A Summer Night’s Dream, FutureHeights’ 5th annual benefit, celebrating our 21 years of service to the Cleveland Heights and University Heights communities.

Gather with us at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes on Saturday, July 29, from 6-9:30 PM, in one of the many enchanting parks that make our community such a magical place to live. As a guest, you will fall under FutureHeights’ spell as you stroll the grounds by starlight. You’ll enjoy music, dancing, delicious bites, and libations from a variety of the Heights’ finest establishments. There are sure to be surprises around every turn as you meander the boardwalk in the company of friends who, like you, care deeply about the future of our community and want to see it grow and thrive!

We are thrilled to announce that this year we are celebrating FutureHeights’ Person of the Year, John Zagara, for his 31 years of service to the community operating Zagara’s Marketplace.

FutureHeights is an independent community development corporation (CDC) serving Cleveland Heights and University Heights. Your support allows us to provide programs such as community leadership development, Crowdsourced Conversations, grants for neighborhood projects, outreach and support for local business owners, FutureHomes, and other revitalization projects. We also produce and distribute the Heights Observer and sponsor the Heights Music Hop Festival.

We look forward to seeing you at A Summer Night’s Dream on Saturday, July 29, 2023! Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and support.


Here is what you need to know to get ready for a whimsical evening in the woods!

Parking + Shuttle |
Please park at the Shakers Heights Board of Education Building at 15600 Parkland Dr, Shaker Heights, OH 44120. A shuttle will take guests every 10 minutes to the venue.
Street parking is also available
Registration + Check In |
As guests de-board the shuttle, you will be guided by enchanted performers to our guest check-in table to receive the program for the evening. Enjoy capturing a few photos of your festive attire with friends and fellow guests.
Featured Bites + Drinks |
Enjoy sampling heavy appetizers crafted by The Fairmount while sipping on our favorite featured wines from Cleveland Urban Winery. Additional libations will include a specialty cocktail inspired by our friends from Quintana’s Dream Spa.
Additional Entertainment |
Enjoy performances from Opus216, tunes spun by DJ Neilism, and interactive art performances by Robin VanLear and company in dazzling designs.
Attire |
Not sure what to wear? The theme is “Garden Party Chic” — essentially, something you might wear as a guest at a summer wedding. (EXAMPLES: Women: “Garden Party Chic”; Men: “Garden Party Chic”)
Weather Plan |
We have made arrangements to accommodate inclement weather and will have everything needed to ensure guests can enjoy the celebration – even if there are a few sprinkles. Our space will be tented, and we will have some umbrellas on hand – we’ve got you covered! Please watch for an email Friday late-afternoon if additional adjustments occur.
Thank you again for supporting the work of FutureHeights. We look forward to celebrating with you soon! If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at here or email info@futureheights.org.


The deadline to purchase a ticket for $150/each is July 21st.  Tickets purchased after July 21st are $175/each.

**UPDATE: As of July 27, the Annual Benefit is sold out.  Questions, reach out to Kristine at kpagsuyoin@futureheights.org**

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Questions about our Annual Benefit, please email Kristine at kpagsuyoin@futureheights.org or info@futureheights.org.

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