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Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award

The Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award was established in 1969 to honor the late Bert A. Polsky, president of the former Polsky’s Department Store and founding trustee of Akron Community Foundation.

Bert PolskyEach year, the community foundation presents the Polsky Humanitarian Award to the individual or couple who best exemplifies Bert Polsky's selfless dedication to humanitarian causes in Akron. Honorees come from a variety of backgrounds, from business executives to lifelong volunteers.

A committee of past Polsky Humanitarian Award honorees reviews nominations from the community annually using the following criteria:

  • Exceptional volunteer service and commitment to the Greater Akron community
  • Tireless efforts to improve the community’s quality of life
  • Outstanding personal commitment that inspires others
  • Leadership and local community service that goes well beyond professional or employment responsibilities

Learn more about this year's recipient. Or, for more information about the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award, contact De Shawn Pickett.