Above: Sara and Chris
Connor (center), with
other members of
the Connor family.
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As you’ve just read in the preceding pages, Chris
and Sara Connor have a clear philanthropic
commitment to the northeast Ohio region.
That support includes a $9 million gift to Cleveland’s
Playhouse Square in 2014 and the aforementioned
$9 million donation to create the Connor Theater at the
“We are pleased to support the Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame and its mission to engage, teach and inspire
through the power of rock and roll,” says Chris. “Over
the years, the Rock Hall has been a great steward of its
limited resources and been able to do a lot with a little.
The leadership team and staff are all bright, educated,
A respected nonprofit leader in his own right, Chris sits
on several other boards throughout Ohio in addition to the
Rock Hall board and is the retired Chairman and CEO of
The Sherwin-Williams Company.
Chris says he feels blessed to have led Sherwin-Williams,
one of Cleveland’s great institutions, and that he and
Sara are honored to be able to help spread the message
of just how important the Rock Hall is to Cleveland and
“It’s a hallmark in our community, an economic engine
and an integral part of Cleveland’s global brand,” he says.
“This is an important investment in the bright future of
this organization and our community. The Rock Hall is one
of the many reasons Cleveland is cool.”