Goodwill’s Taste of Vintage Event Raises Nearly $90,000 to Support Mission

Honorary Event Chairs - George & Beth Sherwood

Honorary Event Chairs – George & Beth Sherwood

AKRON, Ohio — Nov. 18, 2015 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties along with honorary event chairs George and Beth Sherwood, raised nearly $90,000 at its 10th annual Taste of Vintage gala fundraiser. All proceeds support Goodwill’s mission to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment in our community.


The event held on Nov. 5, 2015, was attended by more than 500 guests and honored the philanthropic efforts of James and Julie Merklin 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 1940s to 1990s from Goodwill’s Vintage Collection.


Honorees - James & Julie Merklin

Honorees – James & Julie Merklin

“We truly are appreciative of the generosity of our guests, many in honor of James and Julie as well as the 10th anniversary of the event,” said George and Beth Sherwood. “Their support ensures Goodwill continues 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.

Food Tastings

Food Tastings

Restaurants and Specialty Businesses
Aladdin’s Eatery in Fairlawn; FirstMerit Bank (Treat Truck); Ken Stewart’s Grille; Little City Grill; Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar; Robert J. – Events & Catering (Patron Reception Sponsor); Saffron Patch in the Valley; Silver Lake Country Club; The Bakery at Hattie’s Café; The Pearl Coffee Co.; The West Side Bakery; and University Catering.


Event Sponsors

Diamond: Bober Markey Fedorovich; Gold: Akron Children’s Hospital; Akron General Health System; and Signet Development, Ltd.; Silver: Eric & Nan McClenaghan and Millennial Group, LLC; Bronze: Amer Insurance; BCG & Company/BCG Systems; BDO; Bruner Cox LLP; Fifth Third Bank; FirstEnergy Foundation; FirstMerit Bank; J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company; Kim & Chas Schreckenberger; The Lefton Group, LLC; OMNOVA Solutions Foundation; Roetzel & Andress; and Maureen Van Duser; Bronze Program Partner: Akron Bar Association and Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Patron Table: Britton Gallagher and Jackie & Greg McDermott & Family; Table: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations; Crain, Langner & Co.; GPD Group; Buzz & Patti Peland; Ross Environmental Services, Inc. and Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista; S.C. Thomas & Associates, CPA; and George & Beth Sherwood; Gold Patrons: S.A. Comunale and Tia Stathopoulos; Patrons: Anna Arvay; Marcie Bircher; Cheryl Bowers; David & Kathleen Bucci; Lauren Carroll; Chip Clupper; George & Dottie Janes; Tracy Kearns; Pamela Kiltau; Michael & Cathy Klein; M. Sue Larson; Kimberly Morton; Peoples Bank; Pauline Persons; Gary & Michele Pitman; Roger & Judy Read; Richter Healthcare Consultants; Jeff & Hope Stevenson; Connie Truax; Sylvia Trundle; and Cheryl Watkins; Media: Akron Beacon Journal, Akronlife and WAKR/WONE/WQMX/WNWV; In-Kind: Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council; Consolidated Solutions, Gavin Scott Salon & Spa, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores and Mayatux; Shulan’s Fairlawn Jewelers; and Soap Box Derby.


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