“Project GRAD Akron to sponsor 3rd Annual March GRADness Fundraiser” 

March 01, 2017

Please join Project GRAD Akron for our Third Annual March GRADness, a casual fundraiser to benefit our College Access Programs and Scholarship Fund.  March GRADness will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio.  March GRADnesswill feature a “Happy Hour” type event with delicious food stations, sports trivia & games, beverages, raffles, and a great deal of fun!  The Ultimate National Championship Sponsor is G. Stephens, Inc.

Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) collaborates to provide a system of programs, supports, and scholarships for underrepresented students to achieve success from kindergarten through career.  In addition to the various programs and services Project GRAD provides for students from kindergarten to college, since 2006 Project GRAD Akron has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships to graduates of Buchtel High School of the Akron Public Schools.   

March GRADness is chaired by Project GRAD Akron Board members, James Harris Jr. and Anita Davis, Esq.  Harris serves as the Senior IT Project Manager for Eaton Corporation; and Davis serves as the Legal Counsel for the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services.  Both Harris and Davis are active in their churches and involved in numerous civic organizations.  Additional members serving on the committee are Jacqueline Silas-Butler, Esq., Ingrid Abraham-Turner, Lori Alamin, Lawrence Butler Jr., Howard F. Curry, Johnnette S. Curry, Donte Douglas, Richard M. Roberts, Debra North Sommerville, and Virginque Whitmore. 

Opportunities to support the event include the purchase of tickets, which are available for $100.00 VIP and $40.00 General Admission, donation of sports or college-related raffle items, and/or making contributions to support Project GRAD Akron. Limited seating is still available for the event.  Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite, from committee members, by contacting Project GRAD Akron at (330) 761-3113, or email info@projectgradakron,org.  Portions of the ticket prices and all donations are tax-deductible and may  be mailed to 400 W. Market Street, Suite 1, Akron, Ohio  44303-2060.

Attorney Jacqueline Silas-Butleris the Executive Director of Project GRAD Akron and Dana K. LaGarde is the President of the Board of Directors.


“It is a pleasure working with Project GRAD Akron and AT&T is committed to Project GRAD’s mission. Your mission coincides with the philanthropic goals of the AT&T Foundation. We, too, want to increase the graduation rates of *****

Margaret Williams
Director of External Affairs, AT&T

“All the kids that I’ve run into at Buchtel High School that are a part of Project GRAD Akron have been really sharp.”

Dr. Rich Londraville
Associate Professor of Biology, UA

“I think we should put Project GRAD in more schools.”


“I think the community views it as a good thing because my mom made me come to Buchtel basically because of Project GRAD.”


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