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H. Peter and Eileen Burg

 

A registered nurse and resident of Stow, Eileen is equal parts volunteer and philanthropist. She currently serves on the Palliative Care Advisory Board at Akron Children's Hospital and the boards of Akron Community Foundation, OPEN M Foundation and the University of Akron Foundation. She has chaired many local fundraisers throughout the years, including the 2011 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award Dinner, the American Heart Association's Circle of Red, and the food bank’s 2008 “Harvest for Hunger” campaign, which raised enough food and funds to provide one-third of the organization’s 11.5 million meals that year.

Eileen said she honors her late husband’s legacy through charitable giving. Beneficiaries of her gifts include the University of Akron and the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center at Akron Children’s Hospital.

In 2004, she started the H. Peter Burg Fund of Akron Community Foundation, from which she and her family have made more than $364,000 in grants to organizations like Heart to Heart Communications, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Weathervane Community Playhouse, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Summit County Chapter of the Red Cross, among others. 

Peter died in 2004 at age 57 due to complications stemming from leukemia treatment. He was raised in Goodyear Heights and attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where he and Eileen met. He began his career at Ohio Edison, now First Energy, in 1968 as a financial analyst while still attending the University of Akron. He rose through the ranks to become president and CEO in 1999.

During his lifetime, Peter served on the boards of Akron Children's Hospital, Musical Arts Association, United Way of Summit County and the Summit County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also chaired the steering committee for Team NEO. His service earned him many awards, including the University of Akron’s Alumni Honor Award and the Dr. Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Business Alumni Award, as well as the 2003 American Red Cross National Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award. The Red Cross, among others, have honored his legacy with awards named in his honor.

See photos from the event.