Eileen Saffran

Eileen Saffran, CEO of The Gathering Place, received the inaugural Reminger Women's Initiative Vanguard Award during a special gala Sept. 19 at the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl.

The Women's Initiative at Reminger Co. is comprised of 29 female attorneys who work at the full-service law firm. The group met and selected Saffran as the inaugural nominee for the award.

"We really feel that she is a visionary who represents the characteristics that we originally came up with for the Vanguard Award," said Julie Drellishak, marketing director of Reminger Co. “Her leadership embodies those characteristics that are found only in true leaders. We hope people are as inspired by her work as we are."

Saffran, founded The Gathering Place in January 2000 as a community--based cancer support center in Northeast Ohio. Saffran has also worked as a social worker and has been personally impacted by cancer in her family. Drellishak said Saffran "really challenges everyone to be a better individual."

The sold-out event featured cocktails, dinner and live music by Skin and Bones, a local band made up of Cleveland Clinic nurses and doctors. New York Times' bestselling author and Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett was the guest speaker for the evening. Brett spoke about her novel and her battle with breast cancer.

"We believed it would not only be an entertaining speech but also a heartfelt speech because she understands the purpose of The Gathering Place and the wonderful services it provides to the community," Dresillshak said.

Drellishak said her hope is that the Women's Initiative can continue to award influential women with the Vanguard Award every year.

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