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Couple encourages gifts of generosity
Couple encourages gifts of generosity
It’s no surprise how important the holidays are to Mary Ann Jackson: She grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a town nicknamed "Christmas City, USA." For her, the season evokes memories of nativity pageants, caroling, and traveling house to house exchanging...
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Doctor’s passion lives on through bequest
Doctor’s passion lives on through bequest
When Pam Moran met Dr. Kenneth Swanson, her world was upside down. Despite surgery, 70% of a tumor remained on her six-month-old son Derek’s brain, requiring two and a half years of chemotherapy and MRIs from Dr. Swanson every six months. "I was mad at the...
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Family's good fortune in business turns into holiday surprise
Family's good fortune in business turns into holiday surprise
When Pam Perrin Kostoff recalls the history of Perrin Asphalt Company, she always comes back to a transformative moment in the 1980s. "It was the '80s," she said. "St. Eugene’s Church needed its parking lot done; it was just seal coating and striping." But,...
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Local secretary leaves lasting mark
Local secretary leaves lasting mark
Betty Axline, an Ellet native, spent nearly 40 years working as a secretary for some of the nation’s most notable companies: Goodyear Aircraft, General Tire and Chemstrand/Monsanto.  She was a woman of modest means, yet every year she donated her last...
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Mother’s legacy spurs siblings’ charity
Mother’s legacy spurs siblings’ charity
"When I was a child, philanthropy looked like a dress-up party," said Ann Durr, daughter of the late businesswoman and philanthropist Kathryn Hunter. "I remember going with my mom to Birnbaum’s. They had this room with a giant chandelier and a pedestal, and...
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Family fund empowers three generations of giving
Family fund empowers three generations of giving
David and Cheryl Venarge are Akron success stories, but their success didn’t come easy. Now, through the David R. and Cheryl L. Venarge Fund, they’re keeping a family tradition of giving alive with both their children and grandchildren. Each was raised by...
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Allan Family Fund
Allan Family Fund
For art enthusiast Ron Allan, Akron is a fantastic place to live. It was this community where he cultivated his love for the arts and began immersing himself in organizations that promote both art and music. "Akron is so culturally rich," he said. "It is a...
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Lou Albertson
Lou Albertson
Lou Albertson was just a child when she started giving back to her community. Each Sunday during Lent, she would put her pennies, nickels and dimes into the collection plate at church. As she grew older, those coins turned into dollars and she continued to...
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David R. and Cheryl L. Venarge Fund
David R. and Cheryl L. Venarge Fund
For David and Cheryl Venarge, there is no place quite like Akron. Both were born and raised here by hard-working families that struggled to make ends meet.  Today, as successful business owners and volunteers, they are passionate about giving back to the...
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