Goodwill’s Taste of Vintage Event Raised Over $125,000 to Support Mission

AKRON, Ohio — Nov. 3, 2023 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties, along with honoree, Danielle J. Kimmell, raised over $125,000 at its 17th 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. 2, 2023, was attended by over 450 guests and paid tribute to the community leadership efforts of Danielle J. Kimmel in the greater Akron area. Guests enjoyed silent and live auctions, as well as a showcase of fashions from the 1950s to 1990s from Goodwill’s Vintage Collection.

“We truly are appreciative of the generosity of our guests, many in honor of Danielle and her inspirational work in our community,” 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 its five-county territory 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
Misty Arntz; Jessica Burkhart; Leila Burkhart; Kathleen Burt; Ann Shane; Hilary DeSaussure; Kelly Galambos; Amanda Kohari; Kay Kramarz; Olivia Kurkul; Anne Lazzerini; Lori Linder; Jennifer Mesko-Kimmich; Kaitlyn Pongracz; Jacqueline Quintero; Angie Rogers; Kathy Romito; Stephen Sedlon; Valerie Swank; Kevin Thompson; Sylvia Trundle; and Bryget Wyant.

 Event Sponsors
Diamond: Morgan Parke, FirstEnergy Service Company; Platinum: Presper Financial Architects, Synthomer Foundation; Gold: Fifth Third Bank, PNC Financial Services Group, W3 Financial Group; Silver: Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Britton Gallagher, Clark Family, Karen & Doug Lefton, Eric & Nan McClenaghan, Buffy Phillips & Go Red for Women, S.A. Comunale, Watkins Family; Bronze: Bober Markey Fedorovich, Brennan, Manna & Diamond, Campbell Construction, Clarity HR, Crain, Langner & Co., Henry Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing, Roetzel & Andress, Rush/Idealease, Marc Servodio CFP®, AIF® – Vita Advisors, LLC, J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company; Table: ACRT Services, Inc., Blue Technologies Smart Solutions, Falls Sewer & Drain Cleaning, GPD Group, Helluva Container, Inc., Hernandez Construction Services, Inc., People First Day Program and Transportation, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services; Diamond Patron:  David & Kathleen Bucci, Dr. Pleas R. Chambers III, Chuck & Debbie Ducey, Bill & Mary Glaeser, William & Susan Hanlon, Danielle Kimmell, Charles & Leslie Zonfa; Gold Patron: Parker Berry II, Chip Clupper, Laura Judge, Julie & Randy Katz, Meaden & Moore, Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols, Diane & Derek Smith; Patron: Mekal Banyasz, Freedom Forklift, Jackie & Greg McDermott, The Extra Daughter; 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: Jolene Gordon
(330) 786-2519