Goodwill’s Taste of Vintage Event Raised More Than $80,000 to Support Mission

AKRON, Ohio — Nov. 20, 2017 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties, along with honorary event chairs Steve and Cherie Shechter, raised almost $82,000 at its 12th annual Taste of Vintage gala fundraiser.  All net proceeds support Goodwill’s mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment in our community.

Steve & Cherie Shechter

The event held on Nov. 16, 2017, was attended by nearly 500 guests and paid tribute to the philanthropic efforts of Steve and Cherie Shechter in the greater Akron community.  Guests enjoyed food tastings offered by a variety of restaurants and specialty businesses, silent and live auctions, as well as a showcase of fashions from the 1920s to 1990s from Goodwill’s Vintage Collection.

“We truly are appreciative of the generosity of our guests, many in honor of Steve and Cherie,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties.  “Their support ensures Goodwill can continue its work in the community to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment.  We couldn’t have achieved this success without the help of our many sponsors, restaurants, specialty businesses and volunteers.”

To view a brief mission success story as well as photos from the event, visit
Thank you to the following restaurants, specialty businesses, sponsors and patrons for their support.

Restaurants and Specialty Businesses
Aladdin’s Eatery in Fairlawn; Crave Cantina; Creekside Restaurant & Bar; Front Porch Café; Jilly’s Music Room; Ken Stewart’s Grille; Little City Grill; Main Street Gourmet; Mustard Seed Market & Café; Pearl Coffee Company; Robert J. – Events & Catering; Saffron Patch in the Valley; The West Side Bakery; University of Akron Catering; and Vaccaro’s Trattoria.

Vintage Fashion Models
Jen Alder; Jennifer Arch; Brooke Blaser; Jennifer Buck; Kathleen Burt; Danielle Cantrell; Jennifer Chlebina; Susan DeCarlo; Steffani Dye; Erin Ehrlinspiel; Roseanne Henderson; Pamela Kiltau; Anne Lazzerini; Maddy Lockshin; Kelly Meehan; J.J. Mesko-Kimmich; Kathy Moock; Leianne Neff Heppner; Alicia Nevin; Kathy Romito; Cherie Shechter; Valerie Swank; Corrine Tennent; Sylvia Trundle; Jordan Zablo; Cindi Zagar; and Jessica Zuschin.  Tuxedo Models: Matthew Buser; Barry Hollis; Allen Loew; and Marc Servodio.

Event Sponsors
Tony & Becky Alexander; Silver/Silver Program Partner:  Akron Children’s Hospital; Britton Gallagher; The Huntington National Bank; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; and Presper Financial Architects; Bronze/Bronze Program Partner:

Amer Insurance; Bober Markey Fedorovich; Bridgestone Americas; Crain, Langner & Co.; Fifth Third Bank; OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; Roetzel & Andress; Kim & Chas Schreckenberger; S.C. Thomas & Associates, CPA; Springside Partners, LLC; SS&G Wealth; and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services; Patron Table: Cherie & Steve Shechter; FirstEnergy Foundation; J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company; and KeyBank; Table:  ACRT, Inc.; BDO; CliftonLarsonAllen LLP; ComDoc; Mark & Beth Gerberich; GPD Group; Greg & Jackie McDermott & Family; Meaden & Moore; Buzz & Patti Pelland; PNC Financial Services Group; Rocco’s Pizza; Stark & Knoll Co., L.P.A.; and Western Reserve Hospital; Gold Patron: Chip Clupper; Roger Read; and S.A. Comunale Co., Inc.; Patron: Anna Arvay; Justin Bako; Marcie Bircher; Bucci Consulting LLC; Marilyn Buckey; Campbell Construction; Colleen Denholm; Judge David Fish; William Glaeser; Todd & Laura Guilliam; Hinkle Family; Pamela Kiltau; Michael & Cathy Klein; Kimberly Morton; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Peoples Bank; Gary Rickel & Karen Krino; Denise Robinson; Sandra Robinson; and Sylvia Trundle; Media: Akronlife; and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV; In Kind: Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council; Consolidated Solutions; International Soap Box Derby; Mayatux; MC Hair & studio mc; and Shulan’s Jewelers.

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.


Jennifer Bako
(330) 786-2519