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Akron Children”s Hospital – 2008 Charity Ball

Taylor and Brittany Parker with Carly and
Heather Arison (2008 Charity Ball)

Meghan Bachtel (2008 Charity Ball)

Bill and Karen Silver with Joyce Hamaker and Jud
and Tom Stecz (2008 Charity Ball)

Karen and Manuel Nackes (2008 Charity Ball)

Akron Children’s Hospital
2008 Charity Ball”

The Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital hosted the 106th Charity Ball with 940 guests in attendance. The highlight of the gala evening was the presentation of debutantes. There were 44 young ladies, including two sets of twins, making their first official curtsies on the arms of their respective fathers. This grand old tradition that is now in its 58th year provides a unique opportunity to recognize significant volunteer contributions to the community made by the parents and grandparents of the debutantes.
The Ball has been held at Goodyear Hall since 1978. The venue is generously donated for the evening by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Although it is actually a huge gymnasium, it was transformed to the point of being unrecognizable. Hundreds of strands of little white lights were suspended from the ceiling, and the elegant stage and table décor was designed by D.K. Vanderbrook Florists. The effect was spectacular.
In fact, everything was quite splendid. Entertainment was provided by the sophisticated sound of The Rick Purcell Big Band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A delectable dinner consisting of beef tenderloin and roasted halibut was created by Sammy’s Catering of Cleveland. Karen Nackes was the chairman of this year’s Ball. She and vice chairs, Karen Silver and Judy Stecz, left no detail to chance. This was a perfectly choreographed event that raised approximately $100,000 for medical programs and services at Akron Children’s Hospital. STORY BY CAROLINE R. MERK/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROB WETZLER

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