Goodwill Announces 13th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon

AKRON, Ohio — June 9, 2014 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 13th Annual Employee of Distinction Award Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. At no cost, employers can nominate employees they would like to publicly recognize for their efforts. The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Jodi Kest, head coach of The University of Akron women’s basketball program.  

“This event provides employers a cost-effective way to praise and inspire outstanding employees,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “As a leader in workforce development, we understand recognition is a key part in sustaining employment.  That is why it is our pleasure to host the 13th Annual Employee of Distinction Awards Luncheon as a service for area employers.”

How To Nominate
All honorees are acknowledged at the event, listed in the commemorative program, and in the running to be named one of the top five Employees of Distinction (chosen by a panel of independent judges).  In addition, all honorees will receive two free tickets to a performance at Akron’s historic Civic Theater.

Employers can download the nomination form at Submit a nomination by July 15, and receive a free business card sized ad in the commemorative program and be entered into a drawing to win a membership to the Greater Akron Chamber (current members are not eligible). 

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          
Location: Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron
Cost: $30

Sponsorship Opportunities
Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available.  More information is available at

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, and a United Way agency in Summit County. 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