Goodwill Announces 23rd Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon

AKRON, Ohio — May 16, 2024 — Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties invites area employers to nominate their outstanding employees for its 23rd Annual Employee of Distinction Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2024. This year, guests can participate exclusively in person. As always, at no cost, area organizations can nominate employees they would like to publicly recognize for their efforts.

“Hosting the 23rd Annual Employee of Distinction awards program is a privilege, allowing us to publicly acknowledge and applaud the hard work and excellence of employees in our community,” said Nancy Ellis McClenaghan, president & CEO, Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties. “We encourage area employers to come together and celebrate the amazing contributions of the local workforce. Our aim is to host an uplifting, feel-good event where every honoree is recognized for their exceptional efforts. We hope numerous 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. 2.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2024
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: In person at Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road in Akron
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 Leah Davis at or 330-786-2519. 

Event Sponsors to Date
Thank you to the event sponsors to date – Diamond: Clarity HR; Platinum: Fifth Third Bank; Synthomer Foundation; Gold: Presper Financial Architects; Silver: Acrisure; Eric & Nan McClenaghan; PNC Financial Services Group; and W3 Financial Group; Bronze: Bober Markey Fedorovich; Brennan Manna & Diamond; and Marc Servodio, CFP®, AIF® – Vita Advisors, LLC; Copper: S.A. Comunale; Diamond Patron: David & Kathleen Bucci; Dr. Pleas R. Chambers III; Chuck & Debbie Ducey; Bill & Mary Glaeser; William & Susan Hanlon; Danielle Kimmell; and Charles & Leslie Zonfa; Gold Patron: Laura Judge; Mary Anne & C. Allen Nichols; Patron: Chip Clupper & Zebulon Keller; 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:   Leah Davis