Inspiring Civic Engagement - Alonzo Mitchell turns 33

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:53.

 Alonzo Mitchell III is an amazing young-ish man.  He looks younger than his 33 years and he is the catalyst for a ground swell of positive energy in CLE.  Without foundations, without powerful connections - Alonzo Mitchell III returned to Cleveland with enthusiasm and pride in his hometown.  He translated this energy into the marketing juggernaut Ohio Homecoming.



Now, he is getting serious recognition - he was recently featured in TED x CLE (please watch the video) - and, last night, he encouraged his legion of friends and fans (including me :) to join him at the Cleveland City Council meeting.  He is discouraged to see the lack of engagement in Northeast Ohio and he can not understand the apathy.  

I pray for Alonzo - he is the energy we need in this town.   Let's hope he is not brought down by the entrenched machine. I discussed his future with Mansfield Frazier last night.  We look for heroes in this town - but we don't want to help with the heavy lifting.  Let's all get behind Alonzo - even superheroes need help!


CLE NYE = Ohio Homecoming's Alonzo Mitchell

Shout out to Alonzo Mitchell - the most inspiring Clevelanders since Tom Johnson - thank you Alonzo for giving me hope in 2015:

Thank you for volunteering your time to ring in the 2015 New Year with us. You are an important asset to the success of one of Cleveland’s newest and largest public events, Cleveland Rocks New Year’s Eve. The theme for this year’s event is “For Cleveland, by Cleveland.”, and you will serve among those who represent Cleveland and share your passion and hope for the city we love. With this year’s event expected to grow and set new records for Cleveland, we need all hands on deck to execute yet another memorable New’s Years Eve extravaganza. 

As a volunteer, you will get:

  • Free admission to the event (concert, fireworks, food trucks and more)

  • Event swag

  • Unlimited indoor volunteer lounge access (hot cocoa, food, etc)

  • An invitation to the post event celebration to recap and give thanks to all who contributed

  • Entry into a raffle

More information about the event, volunteer duties and expectations will be available at the mandatory volunteer orientation. Please plan to attend one of the following sessions:

Session #1:

Monday, December 29


Session #2:

Monday, December 29




2400 Superior Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44114

(parking lot in the rear of the building)


Please reply to confirm which session you will be attending. 

Feel free to invite your friends, family and coworkers to experience this new Cleveland tradition from behind the scenes! For any volunteer referrals, please have them submit their name, e-mail address and phone number to volunteer [at] ohiohomecoming [dot] com.

Thanks again for your dedication to this event, and we look forward to meeting with you!

Best Regards,

The Cleveland New Year’s Eve Alliance

Volunteer Committee