Keeping the Promise

Keeping The Promise

Live Streaming Event

Thursday June 10, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. 

Since 2014, Applewood Centers has hosted Keeping the Promise to bring together our community partners to share our mission of improving the lives of Ohio’s most at-risk children by providing high quality behavioral healthcare. The 2021 Keeping the Promise event was held on Thursday, June 10th.  A replay of the live stream is available below.  

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Watch the Virtual Event

If you missed the 2021 Keeping the Promise virtual event, you can view a recording here.

Thank you to all who watched the live stream; our moderator, Michael DeMinico; Keynote Speaker, Dr. Scott S. Cowen; and Community Partner Award winners, Jamie & Kathy Hogg.


2021 Speaker: Dr. Scott S. Cowen, Interim President of Case Western Reserve University and President Emeritus of Tulane University.

Dr. Cowen will share his experiences while leading recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, including the impact on public schools and the health care system. He also will share his insights on postpandemic challenges Applewood is likely to face in our work with vulnerable youth, and how resiliency will be the key to emerging stronger as a community.



2021 Community Partner Award: Jamie & Kathy Hogg

Join us as we honor Jamie and Kathy Hogg for their commitment to the children and clients of Applewood Centers, Inc.  Collectively, the Hoggs have been a beacon of leadership and loyalty by serving on the Applewood Board of Directors for nearly 25 years.  We are grateful for their unyielding devotion to the Applewood community for decades. 


Since its inception, support from Keeping the Promise sponsors has enabled Applewood Centers to deliver exceptional services to youth in our care. We invite you to consider a sponsorship package for our 2021 event, helping us to provide a brighter pathway to the youth and families we serve.

To become a sponsor, please contact Christine Domme at




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To our clients

Dante’s earliest memories are of consistent physical abuse and neglect from his father, eventually the abuse became sexual in nature Even though he was removed from the home at an early age the impact of all that trauma had taken its toll, Dante had poor impulse control, and explosive personality and often erupted into violent outbursts. The family members entrusted with his care no longer felt safe and worried both for their safety and his.

Dante was referred for Residential Treatment at Applewood Centers where he received intensive counseling and therapy. Throughout the pandemic, the Applewood licensed therapists continued with Dante’s therapy, using telehealth services for psychiatric and counseling sessions when they couldn’t see him in person.  With their help, Dante worked hard to overcome the challenges brought on by his past trauma.    The ability to maintain his treatment during the pandemic was critical to Dante’s ability to heal and ultimately to move from Applewood’s residential program to a foster home where he continues treatment on an outpatient basis.

The pandemic also affected Dante’s placement with a foster family.  One of his foster parents contracted Covid, meaning pre-placement visits were suspended and delaying Dante’s discharge to them by 3-4 weeks.  Dante waited patiently during this delay and was excited to finally join his foster family in December.

Past Events

Keeping the Promise 2019

Guest Speaker: Paula McClain, critically acclaimed New York Times and international bestselling author. A Cleveland resident, Ms. McLain shared her personal experience growing up in the foster care system and overcoming the odds.

Keeping the Promise 2018

Guest Speaker: Scott Simon, National Public Radio and Author. Scott Simon shared his family’s adoption journey — from struggling to conceive, to deciding to adopt, to traveling halfway around the world — that led to his adoption of two daughters from China.

Keeping the Promise 2017

Guest Speaker: Regina Brett, New York Times Bestselling Author. Regina Brett spoke on how to be the miracle you want to see in the world in ways that will strengthen our youth, families and community.

2017 Community Partner Award: Thomas Stafford, a partner at Ernst & Young who served as the lead on many key global accounts, the National Audit Quality Group and Global Professional Development Group.

Keeping the Promise 2016

Guest Speakers: Steven Dettelbach, Former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; Detective John Morgan, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department; and Karen Walsh, Director of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking Panel on human trafficking and the resiliency of survivors.

Keeping the Promise 2015

Guest Speaker: Jenniffer D. Deckard, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Fairmount Santrol. Remarks from the heart of a long-time advocate of foster care who believes every child deserves a chance for success.

2015 Community Partner Award: Joan Ainsworth, Senior Development Officer at the Cleveland Museum of Art and former Director of Development and President’s Programs at Case Western Reserve University

Keeping the Promise 2014

Guest Speaker: Cleveland Municipal Judge Michael Ryan. A true story of resiliency; overcoming obstacles, working hard and loving to learn.

2014 Community Partner Award: The Eleanor Gerson Family & Dan Margolis. Eleanor Gerson was a Cleveland activist and philanthropist who championed the causes of women and children and made significant contributions to the community in the areas of education and social services.

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