Project GRAD Akron to sponsor March GRADness Fundraiser 

March 12, 2015

“Project GRAD Akron to sponsor March GRADness Fundraiser”

On Monday, April 6, 2015, Project GRAD Akron will host March GRADness, a spring fundraiser to benefit the organization’s College Access Programs and Scholarship Fund.  March GRADness will be held at the Akron RubberDucks’ Game Grill & Bar and Duck Club located at 300 S. Main Street, Akron, Ohio.  The event will be a double feature of sports fun.  Individuals will have the opportunity to watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game and Cleveland Indians play their first 2015 game, which is against the Houston Astros and is in Houston. March GRADness will feature fourteen (14) television screens, food stations, beverages, raffles, and a great deal of fun!  The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude at the end of both games.

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 available for the event.  For additional information, please call (330) 761-3113, email info@projectgradakron,org, or visit our website at Tax-deductible contributions may be mailed to 400 W. Market Street, Suite 1, Akron, Ohio  44303-2060.

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 nearly $1.4 million in scholarships to graduates of Buchtel High School of the Akron Public Schools.  Thanks to many generous donors, more than three hundred (300) students have been awarded scholarships from Project GRAD Akron. 

The March GRADness event co-chairpersons are Ryan McGraw, a member of the Board of Directors for Project GRAD Akron and an Assistant Vice President with FifthThird Bank, and Brian Turner, the Dean of Students for Buchtel CLC  of the Akron Public Schools and the former College Access Coordinator for Project GRAD Akron.  Attorney Jacqueline Silas-Butler is the Executive Director of Project GRAD Akron.


“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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