Save the Date for Project GRAD Akron’s 13th Annual Achieving Dreams Celebration Gala 

July 01, 2019

AKRON, OHIO – Project GRAD Akron will host its 13th Annual Achieving Dreams Celebration Galaon Friday, October 11, 2019 at the John S . Knight Center in downtown, Akron, Ohio.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include a reception, dinner, silent and oral auctions, raffles, awards, dancing, complimentary valet parking, and as always, a great deal of fun and networking opportunities.  Proceeds from the Gala will support Project GRAD Akron’s programs, services, and scholarship fund to benefit students in the Akron Public Schools. 

Two members of Project GRAD Akron’s dynamic and engaged Board of Directors are serving as the Event Chairpersons for the signature fundraiser.  The 2019 Chairpersons are Barbara Feld and Dana LaGarde.  Feld is the Emeritus Executive Director of Tuesday Musical Association; and LaGarde is the Lead Project Manager for AT&T. 

You can become involved by becoming a sponsor, donating auction items, purchasing tickets and/or advertisements, making a donation, becoming a Table Captain, or volunteering.  Contributions, in any amount, are greatly appreciated and used to support the organization’s mission.  For additional information, please contact Project GRAD Akron at 330-761-3113 or via email at   Donations may be mailed to Project GRAD Akron, 10 North Main Street, Suite 503, Akron, OH  44308-1958. 

Jacqueline Silas-Butler, the Executive Director of Project GRAD Akron and Pamela R. Valentine 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.”