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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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Record gift funds miraculous recoveries
Record gift funds miraculous recoveries
In July 2005, while people were prepping their barbeques for Independence Day, Larry Soper, enslaved by drugs, was planning his suicide.   "I Googled the least painful ways," he said. "There were chat rooms even. It was a very dark place." For years, the...
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Comunale's
Comunale's "can-do" attitude helps others
Losing a child is every parent’s worst fear.  For Steve Comunale, it became a reality in February 2006 when his 27-year-old son, Stephen A. Comunale Jr., died after a year-long battle with cancer. Although grief-stricken, Steve was determined to create a...
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The business of family legacy
The business of family legacy
For Marilyn Meyers Buckey, success is the product of smart succession, both in business and philanthropy.  Through her family’s funds at Akron Community Foundation, Marilyn and her daughters have assumed their forefathers’ tradition of working hard,...
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Business sale creates legacy of charity
Business sale creates legacy of charity
Steve Shechter, son of a grocer and third-generation Akronite, never considered himself a philanthropist.  That all changed in 2013 when he sold his business and established a fund at Akron Community Foundation. Now, Steve and his family can give to the...
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Hudson resident's legacy lives on through fund
Hudson resident's legacy lives on through fund
Everett Shumate had a heart for Hudson. In the 1930s, he grew up as one of the few African Americans in the small town.  After graduating from Hudson High School, Everett joined his father as an employee of the Peterson Nut Company, and for five years, he...
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Preservation of the Abolitionist Movement Fund
Preservation of the Abolitionist Movement Fund
Although most people study history in school, it was at the dinner table that longtime Akron native Marna Becker started gathering her vast knowledge of U.S. and world history.  Becker grew up listening to her father talk about the stories he learned in...
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Donovan Veterans Fund
Donovan Veterans Fund
For four days and nights, Harry Donovan was lost at sea. His entire crew had been attacked, so there he sat, stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where hope seemed as distant as the shoreline. Deliverance came in the form of a U.S. landing ship. Its...
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