Goodwill’s Taste of Vintage Event Raised More Than $98,000 to Support Mission

AKRON, Ohio — Nov. 5, 2018 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties, along with honorees George and Beth Sherwood, raised more than $98,000 at its 13th 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.

George & Beth Sherwood

The event held on Nov. 1, 2018, was attended by more than 500 guests and paid tribute to the philanthropic efforts of George and Beth Sherwood 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 George and Beth,” 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; CoreLife Eatery; Crave Cantina; Creekside Restaurant & Bar; Dewey’s Pizza; Jilly’s Music Room; Ken Stewart’s Grille; Little City Grill; Pearl Coffee Company; Robert J. – Events & Catering; Saffron Patch in the Valley; The West Side Bakery; Totally Cooked; University of Akron Catering; and Vaccaro’s Trattoria.

Vintage Fashion Models
Jen Alder; Brooke Blaser; Jessica Burkhart; Kathleen Burt; Danielle Cantrell; Val Carlier; Susan DeCarlo; Jennifer Dillard; Innara Goldstein; Lindsay Hailer; Roberta Kleinman; Amanda Kohari; Kimberly Kotter; Anne Lazzerini; Maddy Lockshin; Abbe Marchetta; Kelly Meehan; J.J. Mesko-Kimmich; Sally Miller; Leianne Neff Heppner; June Netzley; Alicia Nevin; Sheila Otto; Julie Pulk; Jacqueline Quintero; Tracy Reed; Kimberly Rice; Zoey Robertson, escorted by Tommy Buser ; Kathy Romito; Sarah Schreckenberger; Stephanie Smith; Valerie Swank; Sylvia Trundle; Jordan Zablo, escorted by Matthew Buser; and Cindi Zagar.

Event Sponsors

Platinum: OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; Gold: PNC Financial Services Group; James & Julie Pulk; and W3 Wealth Management; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan and Presper Financial Architects; Bronze/Bronze Program Partner: A.J. Gallagher; Bober Markey Fedorovich; Crain, Langner & Co.; Fifth Third Bank; Navigator Management Partners; Roetzel & Andress; Kim & Chas Schreckenberger; S.C. Thomas & Associates, CPA; SS&G Wealth Management; and Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services; Copper: S.A. Comunale Co., Inc.; Table: BDO; Center for Marketing & Opinion Research (CMOR); CliftonLarsonAllen LLP; ComDoc; GPD Group; Greg & Jackie McDermott & Family; Meaden & Moore; Buzz & Patti Pelland; and Western Reserve Hospital; Patron Table Sponsor: FAIC Group; FirstEnergy Foundation; J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company; KeyBank; Buffy Phillips; Rocco’s Pizza; and George & Beth Sherwood; Diamond Patron: Jennifer & Justin Bako; David & Kathleen Bucci; Bill & Mary Glaeser; and Kimberly & Greg Morton; Platinum Patron: Traci & Rob Prohaska; Gold Patron: Roger Read & Sally Miller; Patron: Steve & Sophie Albrecht; Abdullah Alkhulaiwi & Lisa Ash; Anna Arvay; Agnes M. Ash; Kristine Basnett & Mark Luecke; Patricia Brubaker; Campbell Construction; Joe Carlier; Dr. Pleas R. Chambers III; Chip Clupper; Gift Crates;Toby Gorant; Rosemary Hamed; Hinkle Family; Randy & Julie Katz; Carolyn Kean; Pamela Kiltau; Mary Ann Krejci; Gina Krieger; The Lefton Group, LLC; Amy Longenbach; Kimberly Marchetta; Tim & Judi McNutt; Lynn & Bambi Miller; Candy Myers; Robert Netzley; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Ellen Otto; Sheila Otto; Dr. Melodie Phillips; Gary Rickel & Karen Krino; Susan Baker Ross; Steve & Cherie Shechter; Linda Shippy; and Sylvia Trundle; Media: akronlife; and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV; In-Kind: Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council; The International Soap Box Derby; MC Hair & studio mc; 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