Open Doors Academy's 6th Annual Benefit, The Frolic


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Come frolic with us!  


Saturday, May 6, 6-11 pm

Dance to the band Twist, a high-energy band that rocks the house every night. Performing the best music from the past 4 decades—to today’s latest hits.

Enjoy good food, drinks, the silent auction and other merry entertainment.

Get your tickets now!

VIP Tickets: $150 ($70 tax-deductible)

All Inclusive, 6-11 pm: Open Bar | Food Stations | VIP Reception Valet Parking


Young Professional Ticket: $75 ($35 tax-deductible)

8-11 pm | 3 Drink Tickets |Valet Parking

To check out Twist on youtube, click here

For more information and to buy tickets click here

It’s all about the Kids.

Your support makes it possible for Open Doors Academy to protect, inspire, nurture, and challenge youth to reach their full potential.

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Thank you to

the ODA Frolic Co-Chairs

Cheree Aspelin

Rich Wesorick, Esq.

Thank you to

the ODA Host Committee

Scott & Jessica Allen

Djifa Amefia

William H. Berglund

Jason Collier, CPA

Nylajean McDaniel

Ryan Anderson

Tracy Dowe

Scott Flamm, MD

Roger Frank

Jeffrey Glebocki

Terry Jenkins

Sarah Johnson

Emily Lundgard & Loren Anthes

Paul Morreale

Lori Niederst

Colleen O’Neil

Bill Pavilonis

Mark Ross

Lauren Smith

Mark Turner, Esq.

Jason Shefrin

Ryan Scherber

ODA Students are Focus of Film at Cedar Lee Theatre


CLEVELAND, OH—Thursday, January 5, 2017, the film, Up this Hill, will be shown at the Cedar Lee Theatre at 7 pm. There is no charge for attending this screening. Please register to attend.

As part of ODA’s service learning programming, high school students travel to Harlan, Kentucky, where they spend a week helping families in need.

During the day, ODA scholars repair homes, and in the afternoons they swim, hike, cook meals together, and reflect on the day.

During the summer of 2015, the film crew including Executive Producer Roger Frank, Assistant Producer Christian Woltman, and Director Paul Sobota, travelled with our students and spent the week documenting their extraordinary experiences as they worked together to make a difference.

In Harlan, ODA partners with COAP, an ecumenical organization that completes repairs, additions and water and septic upgrades for hundreds of families. Their mission is to provide safe, warm, and dry housing for very low-income families. The average family involved with COAP earns about $7,500 per year.


Register Now!




Wish to give back this year? Consider Adopting a Family in need this holiday season!


We make it easy for you to adopt a family. Use the form on this page to choose what size family you would like to support.

Once you complete this form, we will match you with an ODA family. Before Thanksgiving arrives, we will send you the family’s Christmas wish list, comprised of basic needs for each family member and one small want for each child.

Shop till you drop! Wrap your gifts, write a note for the family, and drop everything off at the Open Doors Academy Administrative Offices by December 17th.

ODA Adopt-A-Family Now!


The holiday season can be a very difficult time for many of ODA’s children. While most children anxiously await the opportunity to write their Christmas list and await that one, big day, many of our youth wake up that morning to find nothing under the Christmas tree.

While we can’t adopt every one of our families, we strive to ensure that each child receives at least one present each year. A gift of $9 will provide one of our scholars with a new, warm ODA sweatshirt. Please consider making a gift of $9 – or any multiple of $9! – to help us keep the spirit of Christmas alive in the hearts of the over 500 children we serve!

You can make a donation today by…

Clicking Here to make a donation (click on the “tribute/honoree” button and indicate: “ODA sweatshirts”)

Or mailing your gift to:
Open Doors Academy
1427 East 36th Street, Suite 4206A
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

(please be sure to indicate in the memo of the check: “ODA Sweatshirts”)


Do you have a gently used dress, jacket, blazer, or other dressy clothes you would like donate to a good cause?

This December, Open Doors Academy will hold its 15th annual Family Holiday Dinner and Dance, a formal evening for all of our families at Windows on the River.  We are expecting over 900 people in attendance this year!

Many of our youth and their families do not have nice, formal outfits to wear to this event, so we seek support from the community to help us make our youth and families feel special.

If you have gently used dresses, ties, blazers, or other dress clothes, please consider donating them to ODA so one of our young scholars may experience the joy of dressing up for a night on the town!

Items needed include:

Gently used semi-formal and formal dresses. (Our girls range in age from 11 to 14 years old, so we ask that dresses be age-appropriate and modest.)

  • Low Heels, ballet flats, or other “fancy” shoes.
  • Gently used ties, dress pants, and blazers.
  • Gently used dress shoes for boys.

Contact Alicia Neal, ODA’s Family Advocate, at to donate!