Annual Meeting to Focus on Celebrating 85 Years of Service



Contact:    Brenda Baum,   Communications Manager                             
   Office Direct:  (330) 786-2519
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AKRON, Ohio—March 6, 2012— Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties will celebrate 85 years of service at its 2012 Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2012, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at The Tangier in Akron (532 W. Market Street).   The event will feature a networking reception beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The program will convene at 6:00 p.m. when the agency will introduce its “i will” concept as featured in the 2011 Annual Report and share key metrics on its service delivery to over 7,200 individuals.

 A “Celebration of Champions” will be the focal point of the evening.  The agency will honor successful program participants and recognize businesses across its service territory that have partnered with Goodwill to provide skills training opportunities, hired Goodwill graduates or used the agency’s services to help recruit qualified applicants.   To round out the event, other community agencies that Goodwill has partnered with over the years and who have also celebrated significant milestones will be recognized.

Event Chairs Steve and Cherie Shechter stated, “We believe in the power of work.  We also believe in the value of a good party, especially when there is something good to celebrate.  What could be better than 85 years of changing lives for the better by helping people overcome barriers to employment?”

During the brief business presentation, Shelby Morgan, President/Board of Directors will thank long-time volunteers James Dannemiller, Angela Neeley and Carolyn Pizzuto, welcome newly elected Board Members and introduce the Officers for 2012-2013.  

 Annual Meeting Details

Thursday, March 29, 2012, at The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.  Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and networking at 5:00 pm.  Program begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $25 each ($5 donative value). Contact Beverly Sherrard at 330-724-6995, ext. 229 or for tickets or more information. RSVPs are requested by March 16.

 Goodwill would like to thank its annual and event sponsors, which include: Silver Level – W3 Wealth Management, LLC; Bronze-level – BCG & Company – Bober Markey Fedorovich – Fifth Third Bank – Meaden & Moore – Roetzel & Andress – SS&G – Welty Building Company, Ltd. –  White Hat Management.  Media Partner – Rubber City Radio Group.

About Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries of Akron is a not-for-profit corporation that helps individuals prepare for, find, and retain employment. Operating in the five-county region of Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland, and Richland, the Akron-based agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International, and a United Way agency in Summit and Medina Counties. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and contract services division. For more information about Goodwill, visit or call 800-989-8428.      ###