Akron Children's Museum
The Akron Children's Museum held a "Grown-Up Play Date" with a "Great Gatsby" theme on Sept. 8. It included a dance lesson and performance by Get Hep Swing, casino tables, dinner and auctions for 300 guests.
The event's proceeds will go to the museum's educational exhibits, STEM programming, and an expansion. The museum plans to break ground on a 3,000-square-foot expansion next year to add new STEM-themed exhibits.
Committee co-chairs were Melissa Fashinpaur and Kristin Goff Durian. Executive Director Traci Buckner said, “It’s easy to get excited when you know you’re supporting something for the children and for the community at large. We loved seeing all of the adults playing for a purpose.”
Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid Services held a 66th anniversary fundraiser on Sept. 6 at Greystone Hall in Akron.
Maha Jweied, former director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Access to Justice, and state Sen. Frank LaRose spoke. Award recipients were the Stark County Honor Court, Community Partner Award, accepted by Judge Taryn Heath; Attorney Michael Sermersheim, Pro Bono Award; Sandra Costa, Staff Support Award; and Ken Mirkin, Staff Attorney Award.
A client shared her story with the gathering of legal advocates and supporters, telling how Legal Aid helped her through a difficult time.
Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization that helps those in poverty address legal issues.
Kids 4 Coleman
The 10th annual Kids 4 Coleman fundraiser for Coleman Adult Day Services, "A Taste of Italy," took place June 21 at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center, drawing more than 175 guests.
The event featured Italian and other homemade desserts, limoncello, auctions, chair massages and more. It raised more than $19,000, exceeding the group's goal to raise more than $100,000 in 10 years. The “kids” have grown up but still come together with friends to host the event and celebrate the memory of their grandparents.
Coleman Adult Day Services helps senior adults and their families.