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Honorees named for Project GRAD Akronís Achieving Dreams Celebration

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

COPLEY — Project GRAD Akron will celebrate its Seventh Annual Achieving Dreams Celebration Oct. 3 at St. George’s Fellowship Hall, 3204 Ridgewood Road.

The event will include a reception for honorees and sponsors, dinner, silent auction and awards program. Tickets for the event are $100 for VIP ticket purchasers and $65 for general admission ticket purchasers.

Annually, Project GRAD Akron recognizes individuals for their personal and professional achievements. This year, the organization will recognize Bob Kulinski, president of the United Way of Summit County, and Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home, as the Community Service honorees. Additionally, since 2010 Project GRAD Akron has recognized Buchtel High School alumni in various categories. The following are the 2013 Buchtel Alumni honorees: Barbara Dirden Mathews (Memorial); Shayla Brown (Young Alumni); Leon Harris and Pamela Hamilton-Stubbs, BSN, M.D. (Distinguished Service to Humanity); and Tom Sawyer (Lifetime Achievement).

In collaboration with community partners, Project GRAD Akron provides a system of programs, supports and scholarships for underrepresented students to achieve success from prekindergarten through career. Graduating seniors from Buchtel have the additional opportunity to receive scholarships from Project GRAD Akron. Since 2006, the organization has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships to graduates of Buchtel High School. Achieving Dreams Celebration’s proceeds will support the programs, services and scholarship fund of Project GRAD Akron.

The following are the sponsors as of Aug. 27 of the event: Presenting Sponsor, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; Achiever Sponsors, attorneys Dianne and Herbert Newman; Mentor Sponsors, Buckeye Community Health Plan, Kent State University, Myers Industries Inc., State and Federal Communications and Summa Health System; Collaborator Sponsors, AT&T, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, Dominion East Ohio, Dr. Gregory and Mrs. Judi Hill and The Maynard Family Foundation; and Media Sponsor, Akron Beacon Journal/ohio.com.

The following persons are serving on the steering committee: Roxia Boykin and Iris Harvey (event chairpersons); S. Theresa Carter (chairperson of the Sponsorship Committee); Elizabeth Bartz (chairperson of the silent auction); Judi Hill (chairperson of the Table Captains Committee); Brittany Grimes Zaehringer (co-chairperson of the Buchtel Alumni Honorees Committee); and Dana LaGarde, Artina McElroy, Debra North Sommerville, Cecelia Huffman White, Joseph White, Bernett Williams and Jacqueline Silas-Butler (executive director).

The following persons have agreed to serve as Table Captains, and tickets may be obtained from them or the Project GRAD office: Jacqueline and Lawrence Butler, Laurie and Scott Curfman, Sherri and Clifford Graves, Judi and Gregory Hill, David James, Ruth and Henry Johnson, Dana and Joseph Saporito, Debra and Marco Sommerville, Erma Thomas, Pamela Valentine, Cecelia and Joseph White, and Annalisa and Michael Williams.

For additional information about sponsorships, advertisements, donating to the silent auction or to purchase tickets, contact Project GRAD Akron at 330-761-3113 or info@projectgradakron.org. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 9.

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