The former chairman of Roetzel & Andress was presented with the Norman Cohn Hope Award, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s most prestigious award, at the seventh annual Akron Dinner of Champions Tuesday evening at Quaker Station in downtown Akron.
Tim Ochsenhirt was honored for his philanthropy and volunteer work. Ohio Buckeye Chapter President for the MS Society Janet Kramer said, “He has dedicated himself to the community through philanthropy.”
Helen Carroll attended with her husband, Fred Compton, and guide dog, Titus. She said, “I’d like to see greater physical access.” Compton added, “Any effort to provide assistance to the handicapped is important.”
Jane Waterman said, “MS is so prevalent in our country.”
“I have co-workers who have MS and I watched one go from a walker to a wheelchair,” Greg Genega said.
Some 200 people attended the event, which also included a silent auction and cocktail reception. Tom Presper and his wife, Sonya, looked carefully over the auction items. “Last year, we got a great suite to see an Akron Aeros, now the RubberDucks, baseball game,” said Susan Dollinger. Her husband, Andy Paquet, agreed.
“Many years ago I participated in Pedal to the Point for MS on my bike and this is the first event I’ve been to since then,” Graham Curtis said.
Greg Kovach sold tickets for a 50/50 raffle with the winner in the drawing getting half the take. Spotted in the crowd were Andrea Brooks, Barb and Bill Costigan, Sue Arnold and Jennifer Hamilton. Co-chairs for the evening were Anthony Alexander and Russell Pry. Brian Moore served as the master of ceremonies.