Bob Sferra wanted to expand his future LGBT Youth Program Culinary classes, which allow an otherwise disenfranchised LGBT youth population to learn skills, build self-esteem, and possibly gain a mentor. Bob pitched this idea at Accelerate 2015.
After earning prize money as a runner-up at the event, his vision to launch a culinary kitchen to build esteem among LGBT youth received another boost when the LGBT Center of Cleveland received a $1.8 million anonymous donation to build a new community center. The building will include a state-of-the-art kitchen that can house his project. The center also received a $500,000 endowment match challenge from the Maltz Family Foundation, and Bob is chairing the capital campaign to raise the balance of $300,000 by the end of 2016.