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Dedication of Foster Care and Adoption Wing to Honor Marc S. Byrnes

oswaldcompanies August 29, 2013

CLEVELAND – August 29, 2013 – The employee-owners of Oswald Companies will join Bellefaire JCB and community members to honor Marc S. Byrnes, at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, for the official dedication of The Marc S. Byrnes Foster Care and Adoption Wing.

Marc S. Byrnes, past president, CEO, and now current Chairman of Oswald Companies, is a highly recognized industry and civic leader, with a deep-rooted history with Bellefaire JCB.

“It is beyond words to describe this culmination of one’s life journey, and the intersection of commitment, service, leadership and giving,” said Byrnes. “I am truly honored to take part in this dedication and share the true impact that we can have on the lives of others.”

The Story Behind The Marc S. Byrnes Foster Care and Adoption Wing

Bellefaire JCB was founded in 1868. In the early 1950s, Byrnes was orphaned and placed in foster care, with his adoption handled by Bellefaire. He would later go on to serve on Bellefaire’s Board and co-chaired the United Way campaign in 2007. That same year, fate would unite him with his four full-blooded sisters and brothers, along with his birth mother, all of whom will be in attendance at the dedication.

At the Oswald Companies’ all employee-owner meeting in December 2012, in recognition of his years of service, leadership and civic advancement as President, CEO and now Chairman, the company presented Byrnes and Bellefaire with the donation gift and naming plans for the adoption wing.

“A recognized and prominent civic and charitable leader, Byrnes’ dedication is frankly Oswald’s way of thanking one of its own who lives the mission and core values, and extends his legacy to the community at-large,” said Oswald Companies CEO Robert J. Klonk. “During Marc’s tenure with Oswald, our core value of ‘commitment to community’ was reinforced and carried out into our communities, and the Wing is just one way we can acknowledge his achievements.”

Klonk added, “We are excited to commemorate this occasion as part of Oswald’s 120th celebrations and congratulate Marc for this honor.”

“We were very moved to learn of Oswald Companies’ wish to honor Marc with the naming of our Foster Care and Adoption wing,” says Bellefaire JCB CEO & President, Adam Jacobs. “Marc remains one of our greatest success stories and we continue to be inspired by his devotion to giving back to the Cleveland community as well as to Bellefaire JCB.”

To further mark the occasion, following the dedication, Oswald employee-owners will construct a playground for the Monarch Boarding Academy. Monarch provides residential services and programming designed specifically for children, adolescents, and young adults, age eight to 22, who have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

Location: One Pollock Circle, 22001 Fairmount Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118

– 11 a.m. Dedication Ceremony
– 11:30 a.m. Reception
– 1 p.m. Oswald Day of Caring: Playground Construction at Monarch Boarding Academy


– Tours of Bellefaire, the Marc S. Byrnes Adoption Wing, photo opportunities and interview opportunities are available. Please contact Sarah LoPresti to coordinate 216.658.8542,
– Open parking for all media and guests.

About Bellefaire JCB


Bellefaire JCB is among the nation’s largest, most experienced child welfare agencies providing a variety of behavioral health, substance abuse, education and prevention services. Each year Bellefaire helps approximately 13,000 youth and their families achieve resiliency, dignity and self-sufficiency through its more than 25 programs. Learn more at
About Oswald Companies


Founded in 1893, Cleveland-based and employee-owned, Oswald is one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage firms. As a proud member of Assurex Global, the world’s largest association of privately held insurance brokers, our risk management professionals can service and support the needs of our clients worldwide. Visit