Playhouse Square’s Gina Vernaci given Rotary Club of Cleveland’s Community Service Award

Rotary Club of Cleveland was proud to present its 2022 Community Service Award to Gina Vernaci, President and CEO of Playhouse Square Foundation, on December 8th, 2022.  The club chose to honor her for innovative leadership and service to the city of Cleveland. Ms. Vernaci worked with Playhouse Square for 39 years, becoming a leader who inspires us all to use our talents and see the bigger picture in servicing all members of our community. The architect of Playhouse Square’s Broadway Series, she is responsible for turning Cleveland into an elite theater destination. She shepherded the growth of our season ticket holder base to be the largest in North America, attracting top touring performances for extended runs. She brought Broadway to Akron to help build its theater community as well. Because of her vision, Euclid Avenue is now a vibrant, bustling community where people live, dine and thrive along with restaurants and shops that bring jobs and commerce to our corner of the Great Lakes.
Gina was recognized by her peers including Greg Harris, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and David Greene, Senior Vice President of Programming at Playhouse Square. The Club was honored to have District Governor David Jones in attendance.