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

Each 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.

Important Update

This year’s Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner has been canceled due to recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In lieu of purchasing an event ticket, we encourage you to honor Bert Polsky's devotion to humanitarian causes by making a gift to our Community Response Fund for Nonprofits.

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Polsky Award Criteria

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


  • Exceptional volunteer service and dedication 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 our past recipients.

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