Goodwill Announces 21st Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon

AKRON, Ohio — May 19, 2022 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 21st Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. This year, guests can participate either in person or virtually. As always, at no cost, area organizations can nominate employees they would like to publicly recognize for their efforts. The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Christine Fowler Mack, superintendent, Akron Public Schools.

“As a service for area organizations to help publicly praise outstanding employees, it is our pleasure to host the 21st Annual Employee of Distinction awards program,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “We hope area employers will take advantage of the opportunity to bring their team together and celebrate the amazing work being done in our community. We strive to create a feel-good event where every honoree is recognized for their efforts in going above and beyond for their organization. It’s our hope that many organizations will participate by sharing the stories of their shining stars.”

How To Nominate
All honorees are acknowledged during the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the top Employees of Distinction (chosen by a panel of independent judges). In addition, all honorees will receive a commemorative gift.

Employers can submit a nomination online at now through Aug. 5.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: In person at Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road in Akron, or participate virtually
Cost: $35 per ticket
Event Chairs: Pamela Crombie, program manager, Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates; and Chrissy Myers, CEO, AUI & Clarity HR.

Sponsorship Opportunities
If you are interested in learning more on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jennifer Bako at or 330-786-2519.

Event Sponsors To Date
Thank you to the event sponsors to date – Gold: Clarity HR; and Sonya & Tom Presper; Silver: Britton Gallagher; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; PNC Financial Services Group; and W3 Financial Group; Bronze: Bober Markey Fedorovich; Fifth Third Bank; Marc Servodio, CFP®, AIF® – Vita Advisors, LLC; Copper: S.A. Comunale; Diamond Patron: Jennifer & Justin Bako; David & Kathleen Bucci; Dr. Pleas R. Chambers III; Chuck & Debbie Ducey; Bill & Mary Glaeser; William & Susan Hanlon; and Danielle Kimmell; Platinum Patron: Charles & Leslie Zonfa;  Gold Patron: Chip Clupper; Laura Judge; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols, and Diane & Derek Smith; Patron: Michelle Mulhern; 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 Business Services division. For more information about GIA, visit or call 800-989-8428.


Contact:    Jennifer Bako
(330) 786-2519