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The Music Settlement Honors Walter | Haverfield, Recognizes Real Estate Chair for Service

September 26, 2019

Walter Haverfield receives Corporation of the Year award from The Music Settlement
From left to right: Ralph Cascarilla (managing partner at Walter Haverfield), Geri Presti (president and CEO of The Music Settlement), Jack (John) Waldeck (Chair of the Real Estate Services group at Walter Haverfield, outgoing board chair at The Music Settlement), Matt Charboneau (chair, Center for Music)

The Music Settlement, a 107-year-old Cleveland organization that offers early childhood education, music instruction and music therapy, awarded Walter Haverfield its Corporation of the Year award at its 2019 annual meeting. The organization’s leadership also recognized John (Jack) Waldeck, chair of Walter Haverfield’s Real Estate Services group, for his hard work and dedication as board chair for the past two years.

“For nearly a decade, Walter Haverfield, and its attorneys, have supported The Music Settlement’s mission through financial commitments, expertise and leadership on our board and committees,” said Geri Presti, president and CEO of The Music Settlement. “We are very thankful for their service.”

The Music Settlement presents its Corporation of the Year award annually to a business that demonstrates outstanding commitment and dedication to advancing the mission and programs of The Music Settlement.

“Walter Haverfield navigated us through the incredibly complicated world of New Markets Tax Credits related to our new Ohio City campus, providing tens of thousands of dollars of pro bono legal work,” said Steve Kreger, vice president of finance and administration for The Music Settlement. “They have also supported several other initiatives and programs like the Bop Stop and our first-ever virtual gala.”

Coinciding with the award, The Music Settlement acknowledged Waldeck as the organization’s outgoing chairman of the board. Prior to becoming chair in 2017, Waldeck served as first vice chair for three years and was a member of the finance and nominating committees.

“Jack stepped up and led The Music Settlement through a period of challenges, opportunities and transformation,” added Presti. “His leadership, talents, experiences and compassion have brought us to where we are today—strong, sustainable and positively impacting more lives through music and the arts.”

“I am proud to have served as board chair for one of the finest organizations in Cleveland,” said Waldeck, who has completed some of Northeast Ohio’s biggest real estate deals in the last three decades. “I will continue to serve The Music Settlement as it enriches the lives of others in such transformative ways.”

The Music Settlement began as a music school in 1912. Since then, it has expanded its music offerings to the community, opened a second campus in Ohio City and added its performance venue called “the Bop Stop.” The Music Settlement serves a variety of community members of all backgrounds, skill levels and ages, and provides generous financial support and scholarships to those it serves.


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Since 1932, Walter Haverfield attorneys have served as strategic counselors to private businesses, public entities and high-net-worth individuals, providing creative and customized solutions that deliver outstanding results at an exceptional value. Our track record has allowed us to sustain year-after-year growth. Walter Haverfield has more than doubled in the past decade to become one of Cleveland’s top ten law firms. Today, our team of nearly 80 attorneys is focused primarily in the areas of business services, real estate, intellectual property, education, labor and employment, tax and wealth management, hospitality and liquor control law, litigation and public law.