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Robert Klonk Honored at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Cleveland Dinner of Champions

oswaldcompanies September 13, 2021

CLEVELAND – Sept. 13, 2021 – Robert Klonk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Oswald Companies, was honored at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 25th Annual Cleveland Dinner of Champions on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at Tri-C Corporate College East.

Klonk, a former board member and longtime supporter and volunteer with the organization, was presented with the Norman Cohn Hope Award for his significant contributions and commitment to the mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This year’s event, presented by Oswald Companies, welcomed over 400 guests and raised over $375,000 –  the largest in the history of this annual fundraiser – to benefit advancements in MS research and local services for individuals and family in Northeast Ohio.

“My youngest sister, Mary Ann, has battled MS for 29 years, and while she has won many days during this battle, she has lost far too many since being diagnosed when she was 28 years old,” said Robert Klonk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Oswald Companies. “The success of this event is a big step forward to finding a cure and allowing those afflicted with MS to have the opportunity to be on the winning side of this fight.”

Klonk is a fixture in the Northeast Ohio civic community and exemplifies Oswald’s core value of “Commitment to Community.” He served as past Chairman and current board member of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), current board member of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Cleveland Leadership Center, among various board appointments and leadership positions he has held with nonprofits throughout his career.

Robert Klonk and his daughter Gianna Klonk.

The Norman Cohn Hope Award

The Norman Cohn Hope Award is the highest award given by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to a community leader who has demonstrated outstanding philanthropic generosity, community service and volunteer leadership.

The Norman Cohn Hope Award recipient epitomizes Norman Cohn’s vision of voluntary civic action and his hope for the future. Mr. Cohn established a strong network of active volunteers at local, regional and national levels. Mr. Cohn served as a trustee and chairman of the Chicago-Greater Illinois Chapter and as a member and chairman of the National Board of Directors.

The Hope Award, originated in the late 1970’s, allows the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to appropriately honor corporate and civic leaders who have not only provided services to the Society, but to their communities as well.

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About The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society’s Mission is: We will cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives. Their Vision is a World Free of MS. Learn more at

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