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Tickets on sale for Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner

AKRON, Ohio (Aug. 30, 2018) – Tickets are now available for Akron Community Foundation’s 2018 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner honoring local attorney and philanthropist Thomas G. Knoll. The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. Tickets start at $150 per person and are available online at www.regonline.com/Polsky

Knoll will be the 51st recipient of the award, which Akron Community Foundation presents each year to an individual or couple who has shown selfless dedication to humanitarian causes in Akron.

Knoll is the co-founder of Akron-based law firm Stark & Knoll, where he advises clients in corporate, real estate and nonprofit law. His career as an attorney has spanned more than 50 years, benefiting businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. 

In addition to serving the nonprofit community through his law practice, Knoll is well-known for his personal philanthropy and extensive charitable work. He is the co-founder of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties and First Tee of Greater Akron. He and his wife, Ginny, have also served as co-chairs of several charity campaigns, including the 2018 Summa Health Sapphire Ball and Habitat for Humanity’s “A Home of Our Own” capital campaign, which raised more than $2 million to purchase a new facility in Akron. 

Knoll was also instrumental in the creation of Leadership Akron’s N.E.X.T. program, which engages retired executives in key community leadership roles. He has served on the boards of nearly two dozen nonprofit organizations, including Akron Community Foundation, GAR Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Akron, the University of Akron Foundation, and Boy Scouts of America Great Trail Council. 

In 2015, he and his wife established the Tom and Ginny Knoll Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation, a donor-advised fund that provides grant support to many of their favorite nonprofits, including the United Way of Summit County and Akron Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs.  

Knoll has received many prestigious awards for his humanitarian work, including the Sir Thomas More Award from the Akron Bar Association and the H. Peter Burg Award from the Greater Akron Chamber. He is a past president and member of the Akron Bar Association and a member of both the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Knoll is a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. 

The Polsky Award event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner guests will enjoy a program led by Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr., followed by the presentation of the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award, which is named for the former president of Polsky’s Department Store and founding trustee of Akron Community Foundation. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and start at $2,500. They include tickets to the award dinner and a private reception with Tom Knoll before the event. For more information, call Margaret Medzie, vice president and chief development officer, at 330-436-5610. 

Event proceeds benefit Akron Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that improves the quality of life in Greater Akron by building community philanthropy. 

For more information about the event or to request a printed invitation, please contact De Shawn Pickett at 330-376-8522. Registration is available online at www.regonline.com/Polsky

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 63 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. As of March 31, 2018, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $220 million with a growing family of more than 610 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded nearly $153 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.