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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 presentation will take place virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.

In lieu of selecting an honoree this year, we will be hosting a Polsky Award retrospective and tribute to past recipients.

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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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