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The Waiting Child Fund welcomes and depends on your financial support. We host three major fundraising events and several smaller events each year.  Our Family Blend gourmet coffee is available year-round and generates funding to support our mission. We’re very grateful for donations of any size.

Upcoming Events


Join us for the 13th Annual FUNraiser

to support the Waiting Child Fund

Saturday, March 10, 2018

7:00 – 11:00 PM

City Club of Cleveland

850 Euclid Avenue – 2nd Floor

Come dressed as your favorite hero or villain.  There will be dancing, casino games, food, drinks, entertainment, auctions, and prizes!  Your $75 ticket includes food, beer, wine, $10 in gaming chips, music, and valet parking.  Please RSVP by February 28th.  Sponsorship options include private tables.

Tickets & Sponsorship Available Online

Past Events

Join us for the 8th Annual Scrabble Tournament!

Hosted by Vikki Nowak & Todd Webster

Saturday, November 11, 2017

1:00 to 5:00 PM

BottleHouse on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights

All skill levels are welcome – expert to novice to spectator!

12th Annual WCF Golf Outing

The sun was shining and the competition was fierce but friendly.

Last year’s golfers came back for another round and brought some new players, making it a sold-out event.  By all measurements, the annual WCG Golf Outing was a day of abundance!

More golfers. More sponsors. And more funds raised than ever before.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible. We raised over $23,000 that will go directly toward our mission of ensuring that every child in Ohio has a permanent, chosen, loving family.

You can visit our Facebook page here to see photos from the day.

Special thanks to the following donors, volunteers and sponsors:



True Digital Communications

Reminger Co., L.P.A.

Dworken & Bernstein

Linda & Lee Miller


Miceli’s Dairy

Mary & Jerry Deinhart

Cucina Rustica

Bob Barry

Tommys Restaurant


Tommy’s Restaurant

CQ Printing

Gallucci’s Italian Foods


Action Carstar Collision, Ariel International Center, Bess Matuszewski, Bob Barry, Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, Caring for Kids, Cleveland Marble and Mosaic, Cucina Rustica, Dworken & Bernstein, Electrolock, Fragapane Bakery, Frankie’s Italian Cuisine, Hunan by the Falls, Jen Grenwis, John & Laurie Cunningham, Ken & Loretta Janc, Kocian Meats, Larry & Bonnie Lindberg, Linda & Lee Miller, Lorex Inc.,  Mark & Mary Joyce, Mary & Jerry Deinhart, Maureen Roche, Miceli’s Dairy, Good Cause Creative, Perspectus Architecture, Premier Printing Corporation, Ray & Sharon Ayrey, Reminger Co, LPA, Rib Cage, Robert Wellman, Schweizer Dipple, Serenova, Spennato’s, The Merchants Towel Services, Thomas & Mary Carney, Tommy’s, Total ID Solutions, True Digital Communications, Valtris Specialty Chemicals


Akron Rubber Ducks, Aldo’s Restaurant, Angelo’s, Anonymous, Austin’s Wood Fire Grill, Berkshire Hills Golf Course, Bob Reed, Briarwood Golf Club, Callaway Golf, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Metroparks, Corner Alley, David Simpson, Diamond Shine Car Wash, Dworken & Bernstein, Farinacci Pizza, Flannery’s, Fowler’s Mill Golf Course, Gino’s Hair Designs, Gionno’s, Glidden House, Golf Committee, Grantwood Golf Course, Joe Deinhart, La Fiesta, Lake MetroParks, Legend Golf Course, Lucy’s Sweet Surrender, Mahall’s, Mallard Creek, New Heights Grill, Oak Harbor Golf Club, Panini’s, Paragon, Pine Brook Golf Links, Powderhorn Golf Course, Provenance, Ridgewood Golf Course, Riverview Martial Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Serenova, St. Denis Golf Course, Station 43 Tavern, Taco Tontos, Taste, Tasty Pizza, Terry Pluto, The Harp, The Standard, Valleaire Golf Club, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Zocalo, Zumba Fitness

LIVE from the Red Carpet
Lights. Camera. Action.


We couldn’t be more excited to announce that the twelfth annual Waiting Child FUNraiser, Live from the Red Carpet, was a record breaking success! Even more than the generosity of our guests, volunteers, sponsors and donors – we are most thankful for the sense of shared mission and purpose that we felt from everyone who attended.

Highlights from the evening included … 

  • The announcement of plans for a new Waiting Child Fund office and training space! Which was quickly followed by a fast-paced “Fund a Need” donation appeal, led by board member Kevin McNulty, helping us raise over $10,000 in less than ten minutes. This will enable us to expand the reach of our educational and training services.
  • Presentation of a memorial plaque for our new office, honoring Therlow Cash Ilcin, whose parents recently presented Waiting Child Fund with our first oversized check from TC’s Promise Foundation.
  • A grand total of over $30,000 raised, far surpassing any prior year including last year’s total of $17,000

Thank you, again, to every person, family and organization who helped make this happen. You have truly helped move us one step closer to realizing our dreams of a permanent chosen family for every child who experiences foster care. You can check out the full list of donors and sponsors here,and we hope you’ll make an effort to support the community members who made this possible.

View photos from the event on our Facebook page.

7 th Annual Scrabble Tournament

scrabble-invite-4x6_frontThe 7th Annual Scrabble Tournament helped to raise $15,000 during an afternoon of friendly competition and fun! It was a full house, and we truly appreciate everyone who came to play, volunteer, or donate.  Special thanks to the event sponsors Vikki Nowak and Todd Webster. We were also excited to welcome our first Corporate Team from Nottingham Spirk!

Congratulations to our winning players!

Jill Fleischer – 1st place

Ebony Brown – 2nd place

Myron Brown – 3rd place

Wayne Hatcher – Honorable Mention

William Kiraly – Honorable Mention

View photos on our Facebook page

11th Annual WCF Golf Outing

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We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day to gather with golfers and supporters at the Waiting Child Fund 11th annual golf outing. Held at the scenic Fowler’s Mill Golf Course, in Chesterland, Ohio it was a perfect blend of friendly competition and high powered fundraising. Thanks to the support of our dedicated Planning Committee and volunteers, the event raised over $16,300 that will help us continue advocating for children in foster care throughout Ohio. Not bad for a day of sunshine and games!

Read more & view photos

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Nightmare on 78th Street

At Waiting Child Fund, we like to think we know how to throw a great party, and this year’s 11th annual FUNraiser event, Nightmare on 78th Street, was no exception. At one point, I saw Beetlejuice playing blackjack with Pope Frances, while Slash did an air guitar solo for his zombie girlfriend. Where was Waldo? Everywhere! And Donald Trump was a close second for most impersonators. Sound like your worst nightmare? Not us. We loved every minute of it and we raised over $18,000 to support our mission of ensuring that every child has the security and love of permanent connections!

View Photos from the Event

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Hosted by: Vikki Nowak & Todd Webster

BottleHouse Brewery 2050 Lee Rd, Cleveland Hts., OH 44118

The 6th Annual Scrabble Tournament was a great success.  Thank you to Vikki & Todd, our incredible match sponsor, the BottleHouse, all of our players and sponsors, and to our auction item donors for coming together to make it such a wonderful afternoon.  We are currently processing the donations and will soon announce a total amount raised to benefit the Waiting Child Fund.

View Photos from the Scrabble Tournament

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The 10th Annual WCF Golf Outing was sunny, sold out, and net the most money ever raised by the event! The success of the golf outing is a result of hundreds of hours of time volunteered by our amazing planning committee and the generousity of our golfers, auction donors, and sponsors. Thank you to all of the supporters who helped us to raise $16,400 to benefit the Waiting Child Fund.

View photos from the Golf Outing

View sponsors from the event

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Saturday, March 7 2015

78th Street Studios, Cleveland OH

Thanks to the generosity of our amazing supporters, the 2015 Love Boat FUNraiser was a great success.  The event raised almost $20,000 to benefit The Waiting Child Fund, as well as bringing our friends and family together for a night of great entertainment!

View Photos from the Event


5th Annual Scrabble Tournament

Saturday, November 8, 2014, Rockefeller’s Restaurant

This year’s tournament was another huge success!  With the support of more than 60 players and sponsors, and the incredible support of our anonymous match sponsor, the 5th Annual Scrabble Tournament generated more than $13,000 to benefit the Waiting Child Fund.  We are so grateful for all of the support received for the tournament, particularly from our amazing hosts, Vikki Nowak and Todd Webster!  

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The rainstorm we experienced on August 2nd at the 9th Annual WCF Golf Outing was incredible. After only four or five holes of golf we had to call the outing. We were amazed by how patient and understanding all of the golfers were as we had to wait to make the decision. During the wait volunteers passed out dry t-shirts, guests sipped beverages, and everyone was issued rain checks for 18 holes of golf.

Despite the rainout, the 9th Annual WCF Golf Outing raised a record setting amount of more than $15,500. We heard over and over again that everyone was there to support the work of the Waiting Child Fund. This message was clear not only by the fact that the vast majority of golfers stayed for the dinner and the reception, but the collective generosity of the group in helping to raise such a significant amount of money to support our mission.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success.

Shake Rattle & Bowl


9th Annual FUNraiser

Friday, March 7, 2014 – Mahall’s 20 Lanes

This year’s FUNraiser raised more than $17,000!  We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the event and we are in awe of the work put in by our generous FUNraiser Planning Committee.  As well, the event would not have been possible without the amazing contributions from our sponsors, auction donors, guests, and volunteers!  We are honored to have such dedicated supporters!

View Photos from the Event

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The 4th Annual Scrabble Tournament was attended by 56 players and successfully helped to raise more than $13,000 to benefit the Waiting Child Fund.  The event has seen tremendous growth over the past four years and we are so grateful for our incredible hosts, sponsors, attendees, auction donors, and our very generous anonymous match sponsor for the event.

8th Annual WCF Golf Outing

8th Annual WCF Golf Outing

What an incredible day! The weather was perfect, the course was beautiful, and 132 golfers came out to enjoy the 8th Annual WCF Golf Outing. The outing raised more than $10,500.00 to support the Waiting Child Fund. Thank you to all of the donors, volunteers, golfers, sponsors, and auction donors who helped to make the event a huge success.

View Photos from the 8th Annual WCF Golf Outing

Golf Outing Corporate Sponsors

Communication AMMO

Elite Supply Chain Solutions, LLC

CMM, Inc.

In-Kind Support From

CQ Printing

Tommy’s Restaurant

Gust Gallucci’s

Prom Again FUNraiser

The 8th Annual FUNraiser to benefit the Waiting Child Fund was a huge success!  The event raised more than $17,500 to benefit the Waiting Child Fund.  Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, donors, guests, auction donors, and volunteers who made the event such a fun evening!  View photos from the event.

2013 FUNraiser Sponsors:

Kate & Ed Terrell
Linda & Lee Miller
Norm & Margot Prokop
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs
Pete & Lisa Young
Jack & Sue Kenney
John & Laurie Cunningham
Communication AMMO
the J. Brian Kenney Co, LPA
Solstice Distributors
Lisa & Jim Riley
Jan & Gus Kious
Sharon & Ray Ayrey
Tim & Sue Poultney

 3rd Annual Scrabble Tournament

The 3rd Annual Scrabble Tournament held on October 27, 2012 was a great success and raised $6,000.00 to support the Waiting Child Fund.  This is an increase of 350% from the amount of money raised through last year’s event.  The success was due to our amazing hosts, our generous sponsors, guests, and auction donors, and to our anonymous donor who offered to match each and every dollar raised through the event!

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7th Annual WCF Golf Outing

The 7th Annual WCF Golf Outing was held on Saturday, August 4th at Berkshire Hills Golf Course and raised more than $12,000 to further the mission of the Waiting Child Fund!  This is a tremendous amount of money and the most raised in the history of the WCF Golf Outing.  Thank you to all of our golfers, sponsors, volunteers, and auction item donors!

View Photos from the Event

High Noon Saloon

The 7th Annual FUNraiser to benefit the Waiting Child Fund was such an incredibly fun event!  We accomplished our two core goals of 1) having a great time, and 2) raising a ton of money to support the mission of the Waiting Child Fund.  We are so grateful for all of the support of our sponsors, guests, auction donors, and volunteers who helped to raise more than $20,000.00 to help find permanent connections for youth in foster care!  Thank you so much for your support

View Photos from the Event

High Noon Saloon Sponsors:
Norm & Margot Prokop Janice Hornack
Pete & Lisa Young Brennan Family Foundation
Kate & Ed Terrell Mary & Fred Westbrook
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP Green Road Pediatrics
Linda & Lee Miller Communication AMMO
Summit County Children Services Sharon & Ray Ayrey
Perspectus Architecture Lisa & Jim Riley
Verdi Group Solstice Distributors
Jack & Sue Kenney Jan & Gus Kious
Lorex, Inc. Mary & Jerry Deinhart
The DiGeronimo Family