Project GRAD Akron’s Fifth Annual Achieving Dreams Celebration 

November 11, 2011

             Project GRAD Akron celebrated its Fifth Annual Achieving Dreams Celebration on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at The University of Akron’s Quaker Station.  Approximately three hundred fifty (350) persons were in attendance.  Highlights of the evening included a pre-event reception for sponsors, honorees, and VIP guests; a fabulous silent auction of more than one hundred (100) items; and an awards program which will include a video presentation of the 2011 honorees. 

             The 2011 honorees were:  The evening will include dinner, a fabulous silent auction, and an awards program.  This year, we will recognize the achievements of nine Buchtel High School graduates for their outstanding professional accomplishments and community service.  The 2011 honorees are Brandon L. Ford, RN, Esq. (Young Alumni); Gregory Hill, DO, Kym Sellers, and Victoria Turner-King (Distinguished Service to Humanity); and Melodie Morgan-Minott, MD, Herbert Newman, Esq., Dianne Rubin Newman, Esq., Roger Read, and Judy Licklider Read (Lifetime Achievement).  Tuesday Musical Association is our Community Service Recipient.

             A special thank-you is extended to the following 2011 Achieving Dreams Sponsors:  ACHIEVER SPONSORS:  Mrs. Eileen Burg, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, and The University of Akron; MENTOR SPONSORS:  Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Akron, Ohio, Ernst & Young, Rubber City Radio Group, and Summa Health System; and COLLABORATOR SPONSORS:  AT&T, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron Community Foundation, Akron General Health System, Brennan Family Foundation, Bridgestone Americas, Dominion East Ohio Gas, FirstEnergy, Mr. & Mrs. Leon (Dawn) Harris, Jr., Kent State University, Melissa Johnson and Robert Kazar, Knox Marketing, The Maynard Family Foundation, PNC Foundation, Radiation Oncology Physicians, LLC, Roger and Judy Read, Stewart and Calhoun Funeral Home, and The University of Akron’s Summit College.

             The event’s Honorary Chairperson is Eileen Burg, a dedicated community leader who passionately supports educational excellence and building brighter futures for the children in our community.  Judi Bevly Hill, a retired administrator with the Akron Public Schools, and Margaret Williams, Director of External Affairs for AT&T, are the chairpersons of the event. 

             For additional information, please contact Executive Director Jacqueline Silas-Butler or Development Director Theresa Manzell at 330-761-3113, or contact the office via email at     


“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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