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Community Visionary Harlan Diamond to Receive JNF’s Highest Honor

Contact: Debbie Rothschild • JNF Northeast Ohio Regional Director • (216) 292-8733 •

PR Harlan DiamondApril 25, 2006 -- Cleveland, OH -- On Sunday, May 21, the Northeast Ohio community will be out to applaud Harlan Diamond as he is bestowed with Jewish National Fund’s highest honor The Tree of Life Award ™. They will also be eating his fare and enjoying a lovely atmosphere: The Tree of Life Award ™ Dinner is being held at his own Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

The Tree of Life Award ™ is a humanitarian award given in recognition of outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life.

Emmy Award-winning NewsChannel 5 Anchor Leon Bibb will serve as master of ceremonies and Jonathan Adelman, senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, will give the keynote address.

Harlan Diamond, president of Executive Caterers, Inc. has been in the food and hospitality industry for more than 46 years. His creation of the Chalet Village at the first Grand Prix in Cleveland, a concept that became the prototype for corporate entertainment at other speedways around the country, earned him the title of “visionary,” and his mobile kitchen concept that enabled Executive Caterers to serve large events in and outside the state, sealed the title.

“Cleveland is blessed to have Harlan Diamond as a resident,” said Chuck Whitehill, president of JNF’s Northeast Ohio Board. “Over the years his kindness has touched so many of us that the response to this dinner has been overwhelming. We are expecting 350 of Cleveland's finest to pay tribute to a truly ‘gentle man’. I am honored to be a part of his simcha.”

Today, Executive Caterers, Inc. is a diversified on-premise and off-premise private catering company, and operates in such locations as The English Oak Room at Tower City, The University Circle Arabica, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, and The Cleveland Convention Center.

In addition to feeding the community, Diamond’s civic participation is important to the community as well. He created “Philanthropia,” an annual December fundraising luncheon at Landerhaven designed to benefit non-profits throughout Northeastern Ohio.

"Harlan touches people in every walk of life," said Debbie Rothschild, JNF's Northeast Ohio regional director. "We can see based on the responses we're getting to the dinner, just how widespread his community involvement has been and is today. He is truly a giving and kind human being."

Proceeds from the dinner will help support a family park in Be'er Milka, Israel to honor Diamond’s parents, Dr. Leo and Babe Diamond. Be’er Milka is a new community being developed in the Western Negev near the Egyptian border. A secular, agricultural community, it is one of 25 new communities that make up Israel’s new frontier -- the Negev Desert. The Negev represents 60% of Israel’s landmass, but only 8% of its population lives there. To ease the overcrowding and strain on resources in the center of the country and to fulfill the vision of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, JNF has embarked on a $500 million dollar challenge called Blueprint Negev that will develop the desert into a hospitable, habitable environment that will become home to an additional 250,000 people over the next five years. 

For information and to make reservations, contact Debbie Rothschild at or 216-464-8642.

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers.

For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit


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