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Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund’s Seasons of Giving event to feature Romona Robinson

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation will welcome Romona Robinson, eight-time Emmy Award-winning news anchor, speaker, and author, as the featured speaker at its Seasons of Giving event on June 13.

Robinson is one of the most respected and admired journalists in northeast Ohio. Her work has led to inductions in both the Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame of Ohio. She has received several prestigious awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award, EWAW’s Alpha Woman Award, YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award, and Diversity in Media Award. She also made history by breaking barriers of race and gender by becoming the first African-American female to co- and solo-anchor an evening newscast in Cleveland.

Robinson’s many philanthropic endeavors include creating the long-standing television program, “Romona’s Kids”, which highlights and encourages local children to realize their full potential. For the past 20 years, she has also served as honorary chair of the Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio Race for the Cure.

“We’re honored to have Romona as our featured speaker for this year’s Seasons of Giving event,” said Mary Isaac, advisory board chair of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund. “Throughout her life, Romona has worked tirelessly to help others. It’s wonderful that our guests will be able to learn from her story and hopefully grow as philanthropic community leaders.”

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund will also welcome Judge Jennifer Hensal of the 9th District Court of Appeals as its event emcee. Through her career, Judge Hensal has been active in Medina County, serving in Lodi, Medina, Seville and Wadsworth.

During the evening, the fund will announce and recognize its 2019 grantees. The event will feature a unique opportunity to win valuable raffle prizes reflecting each season of the year. Attendees will enjoy heavy appetizers, cocktails, and the chance to mingle with Medina County’s most influential business leaders and philanthropists.

Seasons of Giving showcases the work of nonprofits serving women and children and honors women who are outstanding role models for giving to others in Medina County.

Tickets are on sale now for Seasons of Giving. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by the event program at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online until Friday, June 7 at www.akroncf.org/SeasonsofGiving. For more information about the event, contact Gayle Wilson at gwilson@akroncf.org or 330-436-5614.

Major sponsors for this year’s event include Remington Products Company; Katie Horn Woodcock; MCWEF Founding Advisory Board Members - Ann Cole, Pamela Miller, Nancy Pound, Katie Horn Woodcock; and Roderick Linton Belfance LLP, Kristopher B. Immel, Esq.

About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the lives of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic, and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has grown to nearly $400,000 and awarded more than $170,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to www.medinawomensendowment.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 Feb. 28, 2019, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $220 million with a growing family of 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.