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CASA/GAL honors Saros at fundraising breakfast

12/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Summit County CASA/GAL
DOWNTOWN AKRON — On Nov. 7, the Summit County CASA/GAL program presented its second annual “I Am for the Child” Fundraising Breakfast at Quaker Station.

During the event, the Summit County CASA/GAL Volunteer Board of Trustees presented the William P. Kannel Child Advocate of the Year Award to John Saros, executive director of Summit County Children Services (SCCS), for his dedicated service to the program. This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to improving the lives of abused and neglected children in Summit County.

Saros has extensive experience in the juvenile justice system and child protective services. He began his career with 12 years in progressively more responsible positions at the Summit County Juvenile Court, during which time he was admitted to the Ohio Bar, according to SCCS officials.

After 11 years in the nonprofit sector, Saros returned to public service when he joined Franklin County Children Services as executive director. In 2007, Saros returned to SCCS to serve as executive director.

In addition to Saros, featured speakers for the event included CASA Chair Ramona Hood, of FedEx Truckload Brokerage, who was the event emcee; Beth Cardina, CASA program coordinator, who gave an overview of the CASA program; Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, who introduced Saros; and Jacky Harsch, CASA Volunteer.

This event also honored the volunteers who give their time and talents to help improve the lives of abused and neglected children.

“I’m extremely pleased to be honored with this award by the CASA Program,” Saros said. “It’s not only professional to me, it’s deeply [personal] because it’s helped to really influence my entire life. Every job I’ve had I’ve had these thoughts in mind of working on behalf of kids, of doing things that will help children and help their families. I’ve carried them with me.”

Saros is shown above with Teodosio.

The award is dedicated to the memory of William Kannel, the founder of the Summit County CASA/GAL Program.

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