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UW Power of the Purse makes award presentation

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photos courtesy of the United Way of Summit County
DOWNTOWN AKRON — United Way of Summit County’s (UWSC) Women’s Leadership Council hosted the 11th annual Power of the Purse luncheon June 27, with 650 people attending the event at the Quaker Station on The University of Akron campus.

Featured speaker Ruby Payne, Ph.D., author of “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” and co-author of “Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities,” led a workshop titled “Transitioning Individuals and Communities to Greater Prosperity” for 50 community leaders. She is shown speaking at top right.

The Women’s Leadership Council and the Power of the Purse luncheon were developed to encourage and recognize the special efforts of women in their professional and philanthropic efforts, according to UWSC officials.

Payne’s presentation focused on the mindsets of economic classes and overcoming the hurdles of poverty. She also praised the efforts of the Bridges out of Poverty coalition in Summit County.

The Power of the Purse luncheon also featured the presentation of the “Barbara Mathews Woman Philanthropist of the Year” award. Each year since 2004 this award has been given to one woman in recognition of her outstanding philanthropic activities. This year’s recipient was Rebecca Considine. Considine was honored for her lifelong commitment to the Greater Akron community through her service and generosity to a variety of causes, including a $1 million commitment she and her husband, Bill, made to Akron Children’s Hospital to establish The Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute.

Shown at middle right, last year’s award recipient, Dianne Newman, at left, presented the 2013 award to Considine.

In addition to being members of the UWSC’s Tocqueville Society — acknowledging their $10,000 annual gift — the Considines are donors and volunteers with a variety of other area nonprofits, including the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Ohio Ballet and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, according to UWSC officials.

Another highlight of the event was a performance of “Gettin’ Ahead,” written and performed by Glenn Herbert, shown at bottom right. The song grew from his experiences with the Bridges out of Poverty programs and his drive to make a better life for himself, according to UWSC officials.

For more information on United Way, visit www.uwsummit.org.

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