The Fourth Annual Growing Up Akron brought back a lot of nostalgia and fond memories for attendees of the event held at the Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in downtown Akron on Friday evening.
The benefit raised money for Child Guidance and Family Solutions, a mental health care agency for children and families. This year’s honorary chairs were Tim and Meghan Beringer, and David and Lynne Lieberth.
“This is such a historic location, and a lot of people don’t know that Akron has a great brewing past,” Lynne Lieberth said.
Kiaya Sutton was the event chair.
“This is important because it brings together a rich cross-section of the community and supports adolescents and their families,” said Judy Fowler. Joining Fowler on the committee were Michael Batu, Elaine Harlin, Ron Kirksey, Amanda Leffler, Audrey Noll, Jennifer Rile, Tom Sims, Marianne Spiros and Mary Swann.
Child Guidance and Family Solutions President Elaine Harlin gave the welcoming remarks. Steve and Meg Hopp lived in Wisconsin but have called Akron home for the past 24 years.
“We like to come here and see some of the things Akron has to offer,” Meg Hopp said.
Matt Whitcher attended with Mindy Badovick. Whitcher said, “I’m just looking forward to a Galley Boy.”
Ken Ditlevson agreed. “I’ve been dreaming of Swensons burgers,” he said.
Jim and Valerie Flowers attended with Laurie Sladio. Sally Ryberg sat with friends Linda and John Tustin, who were attending the event for the third time.
Elizabeth Campbell and Mark McEwen grew up in Akron. “I remember growing up and seeing the Polsky building at Christmas,” McEwen said.
“I liked the local ice cream,” Campbell said.