Goodwill’s Taste of Vintage Event Raised Nearly $100,000 to Support Mission

AKRON, Ohio — Nov. 9, 2021 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties, along with honorees Karen and Doug Lefton, raised nearly $100,000 at its 15th Taste of Vintage gala fundraiser. All net proceeds support Goodwill’s mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment in our community.

The event held on Nov. 4, 2021, was attended by nearly 400 guests and paid tribute to the philanthropic efforts of Karen and Doug Lefton in the greater Akron community. Guests enjoyed 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 Karen and Doug,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “The support we received ensures Goodwill can continue its work in the community to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment.”

To view a brief mission success story as well as photos from the event, visit

Thank you to the following models, sponsors and patrons for their support.

Vintage Fashion Models
John Bates; Richette Burand; Jessica Burkhart; Kathleen Burt; Jon Goehler; Innara Goldstein; Toraya Harmon; Amanda Kohari; Kim Kotter; Anne Lazzerini; J.J. Mesko-Kimmich; Ashley Monaco; Susan Mozingo; Chrissy Myers; Julie Pulk; Jacqueline Quintero; Kathy Romito; Jessie Roos; Ann Shane; Jeana Singleton; Krista Steedly; Valerie Swank; Stacie Swarner; Kevin Thompson; Sylvia Trundle; and Kimberly Young.

Event Sponsors
Diamond: Synthomer Foundation; Platinum: Presper Financial Architects; Gold: KeyBank; PNC Financial Services Group; and W3 Financial Group; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; James & Julie Pulk; and State and Federal Communications, Inc.; Bronze/Bronze Program Partner: Avaap; Bober Markey Fedorovich; Campbell Construction Inc.; Crain, Langner & Co.; Fifth Third Bank; Metis Construction Services; Morgan Parke, FirstEnergy; Roetzel & Andress; 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; Clark Family; and GPD Group; Gold Patron Table: Buffy Phillips; Patron Table: J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company; and Roger & Sally Read; 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; Greg & Jackie McDermott; Meaden & Moore; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols, Diane Smith; Cheryl Watkins; and Charles & Leslie Zonfa; Patron: Michael Chuparkoff & Aimee Thomas; Susan Flowers; Brad Gilbo; Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio; Toby Gorant; Laura Judge; Carolyn Kean; Doug Klein; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP (KJK); Gina Krieger; Tina Long; Deanna Manes; Gregg Manes; Kim & David Marchetta; Ann Otto; Ellen Otto; George & Beth Sherwood; Debra Shifrin; Stark State College; Debbie & Jim Trout; and Sylvia Trundle; 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