Akron Community Foundation announced that Rennick Andreoli will be the 47th recipient of the community foundation’s Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award. Andreoli will receive the award at the annual Polsky Humanitarian Award Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn.
Andreoli is the president of RDA Hotel Management Company, which has owned, operated and renovated more than 30 hotels, including its current area hotel properties: the DoubleTree Akron/Fairlawn, Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls and the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, the longest continuously owned and managed Hilton franchise in the country. In 2003, he created two scholarships at the University of Akron to help hospitality management students pursue a career in his industry.
Andreoli is well-known for his charitable work, which ranges from health care to education. Most recently, his efforts on Akron Rotary Camp’s “Sailing the Course” campaign helped raise more than $3.5 million to renovate the camp, which serves children with special needs and their families. His company also provided volunteer labor to renovate seven of the camp’s cabins, as well as a home for Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to serving on the board of Akron Rotary Camp, Andreoli has held positions on the boards of Akron Community Foundation, Akron Art Museum, Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, and the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, of which he is a past chair. He is a past honorary chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Sugartown Express and past co-chair of the Northern Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual Golf Classic.
Andreoli has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the North Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Zenith Chairman’s Award from the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau. In 2011, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Akron for his exceptional service to Akron Rotary Camp.
Andreoli attended the American School in Switzerland and the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He is also a graduate of Ohio University. Andreoli resides in Bath Township with his wife, Dee.
Andreoli was selected for the award by a committee of past Polsky Humanitarian Award honorees. Recent recipients include former FirstEnergy CEO H. Peter Burg and his wife, Eileen; retired cardiologist and author Terry Gordon; Akron Children’s Hospital President and CEO William Considine; and former First Akron Corporation president Kathryn Motz Hunter.
About the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award
The Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award is named for the former president of Polsky’s Department Store and founding trustee of Akron Community Foundation. The community foundation presents the award each year to the individual or couple who best exemplifies Bert Polsky’s selfless dedication to humanitarian causes in Akron. The community foundation is currently seeking sponsors for the Oct. 14 award event. Opportunities start at $2,500 and go up to an exclusive $25,000 Event Sponsor. For more information about availability and benefits, call Laura Fink, Akron Community Foundation’s director of development, at 330-436-5611. Or, to receive an invitation to the event, call 330-376-8522.
About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 59 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of $181 million with a growing family of more than 450 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $114 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.