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Tickets now on sale for GCEF’s annual meeting

AKRON, Ohio (July 2, 2019) – Tickets are now available for the Gay Community Endowment Fund’s 2019 annual celebration on Thursday, Aug. 1. Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro will serve as the honorary chair of this event, which celebrates the fund’s impact in the community and recognizes its most recent grant recipients.

The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “exhALE: Advancing Lived Equality,” and proceeds will 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 and a scene from “The Laramie Project” by GCEF grant recipient Millennial Theatre Project. In addition, the fund will present Rosemary Reyman with the 2019 Paul Daum Award, which honors an individual who has demonstrated a significant commitment to LGBTQ+ causes and the Greater Akron community at large.

Tickets can be purchased at www.akroncf.org/GCEFAnnualMeeting. Guests who purchase their tickets by July 15 will receive a special early bird discount. Early bird tickets are $45, general admission tickets are $50 and patron tickets, which allow guests to purchase an additional ticket to cover the cost of admission for a student or young professional, are $100.

The event is sponsored by Goodyear, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, Drs. Mark & Sandy Auburn, Audrey & Ed Kancler, Steven P. Schmidt & Richard J. Krochka, and Studio City Apartments. Sponsorships are still available. For more information about becoming a sponsor, visit www.akroncf.org/GCEFsponsors or contact Delinda Herman at 330-436-5613 or dherman@akroncf.org.

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 64 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.