Goodwill’s 8th Annual Taste of Vintage Raises More Than $65,000 to Support Mission

 AKRON, Ohio — Dec. 3, 2013 — Goodwill Industries 8th Annual Taste of Vintage, led by honorary event chairs George and Beth Sherwood, raised more than $65,000 to support Goodwill’s mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment in our community.

The event, held on Nov. 21, 2013, was attended by nearly 600 guests and included a night full of food tastings offered by a variety of restaurants and specialty businesses, silent and live auctions, as well as an outstanding showcase of fashions from Goodwill’s Vintage Collection.  In addition, Jerry H. Welty’s philanthropic efforts in the greater Akron community were honored along with a special dedication to Rebecca Babcox (1951 – 2012) for making a difference through outstanding service to Goodwill’s fund development and marketing programs.   View a photo album from the evening at

“We were honored to chair this truly entertaining fundraiser and gala for Goodwill,” said George and Beth Sherwood.  “The generosity of our guests and support of the community is truly amazing.  We couldn’t have achieved this success without the help of our many sponsors, restaurants and specialty businesses and volunteers.”

Goodwill Industries would like to recognize the following restaurants and specialty businesses as well as sponsors for their support.

Restaurants and Specialty Businesses
Food tastings were provided by: by Jeff Winer, Cabot Cheese, Ken Stewart’s Grille, Little City Grill, Papa Joe’s, Pearl Coffee Company, Robert J. – Events & Catering, Saffron Patch in the Valley, Silver Lake Country Club, Sushi on the Roll, The Bakery at Hattie’s Café, The Valley Café, University Catering, and West Point Market.

Event Sponsors
Thank you to the event sponsors –  Gold: Signet Development, Ltd., Welty Building Company LLC; Silver: National Machine Co., OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., SS&G, W3 Wealth Management Group; Bronze: Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System, BCG & Company/BCG Systems, Bober Markey Fedorovich, Eric & Nan McClenaghan, Fifth Third Bank, FirstMerit Bank, GPD Group, J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company, Meaden & Moore, Myers Industries Lawn & Garden Group, Roetzel & Andress, Summa Health System, Well…Now, LLC, White Hat Management; Patron Table:  Millennial Group, LLC; Table:  Jackie & Greg McDermott & Family, George & Beth Sherwood, S.C. Thomas & Associates, CPA, Asuama & Ebony Yeboah-Amankwah; Gold Patron: Karen & George W. Daverio, Jr., Charles & Therese Peter, Roger & Judy Read, Russ Vernon; Media: Akron Life Magazine, Rubber City Radio Group; In-Kind: Gavin Scott Salon, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Mayatux, ReWorks, Shulan’s Fairlawn Jewelers and T-Mobile.

About Goodwill Industries of Akron
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 County. 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.


Jennifer Bako
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