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

Beth & George Sherwood

Beth & George Sherwood

AKRON, Ohio — Dec. 8, 2014 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties along with honorary event chairs George and Beth Sherwood, raised more than $90,000 at its 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. 20, 2014, was attended by nearly 600 guests and honored the philanthropic efforts of Jackie and Greg McDermott in the greater Akron community. Guests were treated to a night full of food tastings offered by a variety of restaurants and specialty businesses, silent and live auctions, as well as a showcase of fashions from the 1930s to 1990s from Goodwill’s Vintage Collection.

“The generosity of our guests, many in honor of Jackie and Greg, is sincerely appreciated,” said George and Beth Sherwood. “It ensures Goodwill is able to continue its critical work in our community for individuals struggling to find employment. We couldn’t have achieved this success without the help of our many sponsors, restaurants, specialty businesses and volunteers.”

Greg & Jackie McDermott

Greg & Jackie McDermott

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
Food tastings were provided by: Aladdin’s Eatery in Fairlawn, Ken Stewart’s Grille, Little City Grill, Mama Meyo’s Pizza and Catering, 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, Twiisted, University Catering, Valley Café and West Point Market.

Event Sponsors & Patrons
FirstMerit Bank; Gold: Signet Development, Ltd.; Gold Patron Table: Akron Children’s Hospital; Silver: Bober Markey Fedorovich and SS&G; Bronze: Akron General Health System, Amer Insurance, BCG & Company/BCG Systems, Carry Your Message™, Eric & Nan McClenaghan, Fifth Third Bank, J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company, Kim & Chas Schreckenberger, Meaden & Moore, National Machine Co., OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Roetzel & Andress, Stark & Knoll and White Hat Management; Patron Table: Millennial Group, LLC; Table: Akron Bar Association, Akron Community Foundation, Boy Scouts of America Great Trail Council, GPD Group, S.C. Thomas & Associates, CPA and George & Beth Sherwood; Gold Patrons: Roger & Judy Read; Patrons:Cheryl Bowers, David & Kathleen Bucci, Marie & Harry Covington, Diane & Matthew Habash, Joe Hinkle, George & Dottie Janes, Dan Keenan, Michael & Cathy Klein, Kimberly Morton, Pauline Persons, Tim & Elaine Sisler, Rich & Edie Smith, Tia Stathopoulos, Sylvia Trundle and Cheryl Watkins; Media: Akron Beacon Journal, Akron Life Magazine and Rubber City Radio Group; In-Kind: ACME Fresh Market,Gavin Scott Salon & Spa, International Soap Box Derby, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, Mayatux, ReWorks, Shulan’s Jewelers of Fairlawn and T-Mobile.


West Point Market - one of the many restaurant and specialty businesses providing tastings during the event

West Point Market – one of the many restaurant and specialty businesses providing tastings during the event

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