Each year, GiGi’s Playhouse grants esteemed awards and certificates that recognize achievements within the network of Playhouses across North America. Below are the proud achievements from this Playhouse location:

2022 - Community Leader Award - Lizz Maxwell, Site Director
The Community Leader Award honors a woman who has demonstrated excellence in leadership through deep local understanding and outstanding initiative. She consistently advances community-driven, innovative, and sustainable solutions to the region's most pressing challenges, and service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities.

2021 & 2020: Standard of Execution (SOE) Champion

Locations that have achieved Strong or Center of Excellence on at least 3 SOEs.

2019: Core Value Champion: Locally Concerned, Enterprise Minded
This award is given to a Playhouse that thinks beyond their local community to share best practices and they have the humility to leverage the collective learnings from across the GiGi’s network.

2017: Core Value Champion: Get It Done - Lizz Maxwell
This award is given to a Playhouse staff member who blasts through barriers and stands out among their peers in the Playhouse network

2016: National Volunteer of the Year - Erin Alexeff and Kim Fennell

2015: Core Value Champion: Enthusiasm
This award is given to an emerging Playhouse that demonstrates exceptional potential and energy as they work toward their grand opening

Standards of Execution Certificates


The Standards of Execution (SOE’s) define a descriptive list of standards for each of the 8 core functions of the GiGi’s business.  Each Playhouse has an opportunity to achieve along a continuum of growth.

8 SOE Circle 2021 without logo

2021 Certificates for this location:

Center of Excellence:

  • Programs (2nd year)
  • Operations and Facility (2nd year)
  • HR and Volunteer Management (2nd year)
  • Donation Processing and Data Management


  • Marketing (2nd year)
  • Financial Health


Local Awards

2020: Lakewood Women’s Club “Women Honoring Women” 2020 - Lizz Maxwell, Community Leader Nominee 
The Community Leader Award is presented to a woman who demonstrates excellence in leadership through deep understanding of the community and advancement of solutions to meet challenges within Lakewood. A Community Leader is someone who provides service to a charitable organization or multiple organizations that impact Lakewood.

2019: Macaroni Kid West – Gold Daisy Award for “Best Special Needs Service”
Macaroni Kid's Gold Daisy Awards recognize the most beloved local businesses for kids and families in the greater Cleveland area.