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Tickets now on sale for Women's Endowment Fund's Annual Celebration


Body image experts and authors Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite to deliver keynote address

Tickets to the Women's Endowment Fund's annual celebration, "For Women, Forever," are now on sale at This year's celebration will take place on Thursday, April 18, at House Three Thirty and will be hosted by emcee Sara Shookman, a career journalist and the founder of Storyglow Studio.

Dr. Lexie Kite (left) and Dr. Lindsay Kite (right)
Dr. Lexie Kite (left) and Dr. Lindsay Kite (right)

House Three Thirty will welcome guests at 6 p.m. to enjoy entertainment by pianist Theron Brown, as well as a variety of heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages at stations throughout the venue. All guests will receive one complimentary drink ticket and have access to a cash bar throughout the evening. At 7 p.m. guests will take their seats in Hometown Hall for a program featuring the announcement of the fund's 2024 grant recipients and a keynote address delivered by Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite, co-authors of the book "More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament." The evening will conclude with the presentation of the 2024 Judith A. Read Tribute Award for Service & Advocacy for Women to Barb Greene, founder of CommonGood Consulting.

VIP guests and sponsors are also invited to a pre-celebration reception with an open bar at 5:30 p.m. Each VIP and sponsor guest will receive a complimentary copy of the book "More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament," written by Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite. The authors will be available to answer questions and sign books during the reception.

"'For Women, Forever' celebrates women's philanthropy across all of Summit County," said event chair Judge Joy Malek Oldfield. "But more than that, this event is about the power that women have when we come together. That's why we're excited to have two keynote speakers this year who are dedicated to empowering women and girls by reconnecting them with their body and their greater sense of self."

Tickets to "For Women, Forever" are $100 for young professionals, $150 for an individual ticket, and $250 for a VIP ticket. Tickets are available online until Thursday, April 11, at Sponsorships are still available and include tickets to the event, along with recognition in event materials and an invitation to the pre-celebration reception.

All proceeds from the event support the Women's Endowment Fund's grantmaking to programs that improve the health and wellness, safety, and economic empowerment of women and girls in Summit County. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Affiliate Fund Event & Volunteer Coordinator Malia Rivera at 330-436-5649 or

Major sponsors of this year's event include The J.M. Smucker Company; Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's Department of Job and Family Services; the Read Family; FirstEnergy Corp; Leppo Rents; Baird; Cleveland Clinic Akron General; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Merrill; Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE - Summit County Fiscal Officer; State and Federal Communications; and the Synthomer Foundation.

About the Women's Endowment Fund
The Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation was established in 1993 as a permanent endowment committed to encouraging the advancement of women and girls in Summit County. To date, it has grown to nearly $4.8 million and awarded nearly $2.1 million in grants. Contributions of any amount are welcome and can be made online at or mailed to Women's Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307. For more information, call 330-376-8522 or visit

About Akron Community Foundation
For 68 years, Akron Community Foundation has been our community's champion and generator of enduring philanthropy. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. It is a philanthropic endowment of more than $280 million with a growing family of more than 870 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 $231 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

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