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Akron Children�s Hospital Charity Ball

Sandy Smith, Patricia Graves, Myriam Haslinger and Franny Buchholzer (Akron Children’s Hospital)

Julie, Kimberly and Susan Berk
(Akron Children’s Hospital)

Bill and Becky Considine with Dick and Joanne Grigg
(Akron Children’s Hospital)

Connie and Jim Nolte with Mary Briggs
(Akron Children’s Hospital)

 Akron Children’s Hospital
Charity Ball

                        The 110th annual Charity Ball was hosted by the Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital. The event was chaired by Connie Nolte and drew 940 guests. The prestigious black-tie gala was held at Goodyear Hall for the 38th, and last, time. The building was sold and the next Charity Ball will be at E.J Thomas Hall.
    The Ball’s long history with Goodyear was honored with a historical display of photos and gowns of debutantes from days of yore. The stage was transformed into the music room at Stan Hywet, the magnificent home of F.A. Seiberling, founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Later the stage changed into the Birch Tree Allee, on the grounds of Stan Hywet. Huge white birch branches created a path that was taken by the 41 debutantes as each was presented. The young women are invited to participate based on volunteer contributions made by their parents and grandparents. Special lighting created a magical effect that enhanced the pageantry of the occasion.
    Stunning centerpieces featured white calla lilies, amaryllis and parrot tulips with white birch. Music was provided by The Rick Purcell Orchestra from Pittsburgh, and Sammy’s handled the catering. It was perfection!
    The Charity Ball was expected to raise $100,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric provider in northeast Ohio. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CAROLINE R. MERK



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