Goodwill Announces Taste of Vintage Event and Honorees: Annual Gala Fundraiser Set for November 4 at John S. Knight Center

AKRON, Ohio — Sept. 22, 2021 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Taste of Vintage gala fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. In addition, the event will honor Karen and Doug Lefton for their dedication to Goodwill and the greater Akron community.

“We are truly looking forward to honoring the significant contributions Karen and Doug have made in the greater Akron area,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “Including, Karen’s nine years of service on our board of directors and her current support as an honorary director. We are hoping for a sell-out crowd to help us honor Karen and Doug as well as support Goodwill’s mission to help people prepare for, find and retain employment.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. Patron Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Taste of Vintage
Location: John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street, Akron, or participate virtually in the program
Cost: $80 per person and $100 – $250 for Patron level tickets
RSVP: or by calling 330-786-2519

The evening will include delicious food from the John S. Knight Center, fantastic auction items, an inspiring mission moment and will close with a vintage fashion show. Proceeds from the event support Goodwill’s mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment. Sponsorship opportunities are available and can be found at or by calling 330-786-2519.

Thank you to the following sponsors to date for their support.

Event Sponsors To Date
Platinum: Presper Financial Architects; Gold: KeyBank; PNC Financial Services Group; and W3 Wealth Management; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; and James & Julie Pulk; Bronze/Bronze Program Partner: Bober Markey Fedorovich; Campbell Construction Inc.; Fifth Third Bank; Metis Construction Services; Marc Servodio & Erin Ehrlinspiel; and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job & Family Services; Copper: S.A. Comunale; and Jeana Singleton, Brennan, Manna, Diamond; Table: Apple Growth Partners; and GPD Group; Patron Table: J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company; 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 J. Kimmell, CPA; 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 industrial services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.

Contact: Jennifer Bako
(330) 786-2519

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