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GCEF annual celebration to support scholarship fund

AKRON, Ohio (May 13, 2019) – The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation invites local residents and community leaders to save the date for “exhALE: Advancing Lived Equality,” GCEF’s annual celebration, on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.

This signature event celebrates the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s impact in the community and showcases its most recent grant recipients. Proceeds support the GCEF Scholarship Fund, which awards academic scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students in Greater Akron. 

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre and will feature a performance by the North Coast Men’s Chorus Coastliners. In addition, the fund will announce the recipient of its 2019 Paul Daum Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to LGBTQ+ causes and the Greater Akron community at large.

Sponsorship opportunities for the event range from $250 to $1,000 and include complimentary tickets to the event, among other benefits.

“This is a unique opportunity for individuals, families and businesses to show their support for Greater Akron’s LGBTQ+ community,” said Ed Kancler, event co-chair and GCEF advisory board member. “Their commitment as a sponsor will help us build a brighter future for the next generation of LGBTQ+ students and allies.”

For more information about becoming a sponsor, visit www.akroncf.org/GCEFsponsors or contact Gayle Wilson at 330-436-5614 or gwilson@akroncf.org.

Tickets to the event will go on sale in June. Guests who purchase their tickets by July 15 will receive a special early bird discount. To receive an invitation, register for the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s e-news at www.akroncf.org/GCEFnews.

About the Gay Community Endowment Fund
Founded in 2001, the Gay Community Endowment Fund is a permanent philanthropic endowment of Akron Community Foundation. The fund advances a lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people in Greater Akron by investing in strategic and responsive grantmaking that empowers the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Since its inception, the fund has grown to more than $1.3 million while reinvesting nearly $530,000 into the community. Contributions of any amount are welcome and support future grantmaking. Donations may also be designated for the GCEF Scholarship Fund. Checks should be sent to the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307-2407. For more information, or to contribute, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.gaycommunityfund.org.

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, 2019, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $220 million with a growing family of more than 640 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 more than $160 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.