The 2024 Emerald Ball: A Night of Celebration and Community Support

In an evening filled with old Hollywood glamour, camaraderie, and generosity, the 2024 Emerald Ball surpassed all expectations. Held at Landerhaven, this year’s event welcomed over 360 guests, marking another remarkable milestone in the organization’s history. The highlight of the evening was the recognition of Lee Imhof as the 2024 Emerald Leader, an honor bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership and commitment to the Geauga County community.



Setting the Stage: A Vibrant Celebration


The Emerald Ball, an annual event organized by Leadership Geauga, has long been cherished as a premier event within the community. As attendees arrived at Landerhaven, they were greeted by an air of anticipation and excitement. This year, a new addition awaited top-level sponsors – a VIP event preceding the main festivities. This exclusive affair provided guests with the opportunity to make an Oscars-worthy swag bag, which included some of the finest goods from Geauga County businesses. Guests also enjoyed elevated appetizers and specialty cocktails.


Class photo of the Signature Adult Program Class of 2024


Recognizing Excellence: Lee Imhof as the 2024 Emerald Leader


The acknowledgment of Lee Imhof as the 2024 Emerald Leader stood out as a highlight of the evening, recognizing his exceptional dedication to Geauga County. Imhof’s extensive service on the Berkshire Board of Education and the founding of Leadership Geauga County underscore his profound impact on the community. Additionally, his leadership in economic growth initiatives through the Geauga Growth Partnership and his innovative contributions as a former business owner of Troy Chemical demonstrate his commitment to community well-being. Imhof’s recognition as the Emerald Leader serves as a testament to his outstanding achievements, inspiring others to strive for excellence in community service. Lee selected the Foundation for Geauga Parks to benefit from a portion of the funds raised during Call to the Heart.


A Night of Support: Fundraising Success


Judge Terri Stupica placing her winning bid

In addition to celebrating the achievements of community leaders, the Emerald Ball also serves as a vital fundraising endeavor for Leadership Geauga. This year, the event grossed over $183,000, a testament to the unwavering support and generosity of attendees and sponsors alike. These funds play a crucial role in supporting the operational expenses of the organization, enabling Leadership Geauga to continue its mission of cultivating effective leaders and fostering positive change within the community.


Gratitude and Appreciation: Recognizing Sponsors


The success of the Emerald Ball would not have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors. Leadership Geauga extends its heartfelt gratitude to Kinetico, the title sponsor of the event, whose unwavering commitment to the community has helped elevate the Emerald Ball to new heights. Additionally, the organization extends its appreciation to the following sponsors for their invaluable contributions: Great Lakes Cheese, Troy Chemical, University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center, Beaches and Dreams Travel Company, MJM Industries, Middlefield Banking Company, Arms Trucking, Junction Auto Family, Richard and Christie Frenchie, Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, Waste Management, Company 119, Video Dept., DeJohn Funeral Homes, Sheoga Hardwood Flooring, Keller Williams – Mary Beth O’Neill, and Remax Rising – Ann Blair.

In conclusion, the 2024 Emerald Ball, organized by Leadership Geauga and an amazing team of volunteers, was a resounding success, uniting the community in celebration while also raising vital funds to support the organization. Leadership Geauga wouldn’t be where it is today without the community’s support. Thank you for continued support as the organization enters its 29th year!


Geauga News
Author: Geauga News