Goodwill Announces 20th Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon

AKRON, Ohio — May 18, 2021 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 20th Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. This year, guests can participate either in person or virtually. As always, at no cost, area businesses can nominate employees they would like to publicly recognize for their efforts.

“As we continue to navigate through this challenging time, it is our pleasure to host the Employee of Distinction awards program as a service to publicly praise those outstanding employees going above and beyond to help others in our community,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “We look forward to creating a feel-good event where everyone will be inspired by each honoree’s story – whether they participate in person or virtually. Recognition is a key part in sustaining employment and it’s our hope that many organizations will participate by recognizing their shining stars.”

How To Nominate
All honorees are acknowledged during the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the top Employees of Distinction (chosen by a panel of independent judges). In addition, all honorees will receive a commemorative gift.
Employers can submit a nomination online at now through Aug. 6.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: In person at Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road in Akron, or participate virtually
Cost: $30 per ticket
Event Chairs: Chris Canova, executive director, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; Pamela Crombie, program manager, Jobs For Ohio’s Graduates; and Chrissy Myers, CEO, AUI.

Sponsorship Opportunities
If you are interested in learning more on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Bako at or 330-786-2519.

Event Sponsors To Date
Thank you to the event sponsors to date – Platinum: Clarity HR; Gold: Presper Financial Architects; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; PNC Financial Services Group; and W3 Wealth Management; Bronze: Bober Markey Fedorovich; Campbell Construction Inc.; and Fifth Third Bank; Copper: S.A. Comunale; and Marc Servodio & Erin Ehrlinspiel; Diamond Patron: Jennifer & Justin Bako; David & Kathleen Bucci; Dr. Pleas R. Chambers III, Professional Driving Instructor, State of Ohio Licensed; Chuck & Debbie Ducey; Bill & Mary Glaeser; William & Susan Hanlon; Mary Ellen & Joe Hinkle; Danielle Kimmell; and Kimberly & Greg Morton; Gold Patron: Chip Clupper; Julie & Randy Katz; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Diane Smith; and Charles & Leslie Zonfa; Patron: Brad Gilbo; and Laura Judge; Media: akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland & Richland Counties
The Goodwill Industries of Akron, Ohio, Inc., 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 & Richland, the agency was established in 1927. It is a private, independent organization, operating as an affiliate member of Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill helps to directly strengthen the region’s workforce through its employment programs and indirectly through the net proceeds from its retail outlets and Business Services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.


Contact: Jennifer Bako
(330) 786-2519