Federal Takedown of the CLE Mob as Orchestrated by Danny Greene from his Grave – Donna Fitzsimmons

Wednesday
18
Mar

Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required

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Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • FREE ADMISSION – NO COVER CHARGE
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Mulligan Stew
    • Corned Beef & Cabbage
    • Boston Cream

     

    Story topic this week…

    Federal Takedown of the CLE Mob as Orchestrated by Danny Greene from his Grave
    Years ago, Cleveland’s mob wars played out daily on the front page, as bombings, indictments and slayings became routine. Today, the mob’s story is written in the obituaries of its soldiers who ordered the executions and demanded payments for shipments of drugs. Donna Fitzsimmons will tell us about the Federal takedown of the Mob and how she served as the lead prosecutor in the federal prosecution of Cleveland Mob boss Angelo “Big Ange” Lonardo and several of his subordinates. “Big Ange” became the highest-ranking member of the Mafia to become a government witness. His testimony was instrumental in bringing down Mafia families in every major US city.
     

    Donna Fitzsimmons Bio

    Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons has served as Judge of the Rocky River Municipal Court since 1994. She worked as an Assistant County Prosecutor in Cuyahoga County from 1977-1980. In 1980, she was the first woman appointed as Special Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime Strike Force in Cleveland. As the lead prosecutor in United States v. Lonardo, Gallo, et al., Fitzsimmons successfully convicted Cleveland Mafia boss Angelo Lonardo and five of his subordinates. Based upon her work in that case, Fitzsimmons was appointed Deputy Counsel to President Reagan’s Commission on Organized Crime in Washington D.C., where she served from 1984-1985. She was a partner with Arter & Hadden prior to being elected to the bench in 1993. Fitzsimmons earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College, summa cum laude, and her law degree, cum laude, from George Washington University.

    In 1997, Judge Fitzsimmons was named a “Gem of Cleveland” for her civic service in the furtherance of women’s causes. She has chaired the Break the Silence luncheon benefit for The Domestic Violence Center. Since 1997, the Judge has chaired Cuyahoga County’s Violence Against Women Act Committee. Judge Fitzsimmons created the Stalking Victim Support Group and a training course for law enforcement officers, probation officers, and court personnel involved in handling stalking cases. She has lectured nationally on Stalking and Domestic Violence issues to law enforcement officers as well as to her judicial peers. In 2007, the Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland, upon their 20th anniversary, recognized Judge Fitzsimmons for her leadership and dedication to the safety of women and their families. The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Foundation awarded her their Community Service Award in 2011. In 2012, Judge Fitzsimmons received the Recovery Resources Exemplar Award.

    In 2018, Judge Fitzsimmons was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. The museum houses an exhibit that pays tribute to the successful prosecution of the Cleveland Mafia Family. On June 4, 2019, the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the Act of Congress giving the women the right to vote, Judge Fitzsimmons was awarded the Myra Bradwell Award by The Women’s Vote Project for advancing the rights of women in the legal profession. On October 18, 2019, Judge Fitzsimmons was awarded the Community Leader Hero Award as part of the 2019’s Class of Hometown Heroes presented by the FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Alumni Association.
     
    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.
     

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