The Salvation Army will honor Libert & Madeline Bozzelli as its 2015 Community Medal Award Recipients at the luncheon ceremony and Red Kettle Kickoff, Thursday Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Tangier restaurant, 532 W. Market St., in Akron. Tables of eight are $500 and individual seats are $75.
Libert and Madeline Bozzelli have helped raise millions of dollars for both local and national nonprofits, including Akron Children’s Hospital and the Akron Symphony. Their passion for helping others is compounded by an extraordinary ability to draw resources together for the greater good.
In 1977, Madeline created Sugartown Express, a train-themed event that raises money for the American Diabetes Association. The annual event has since raised more than $750,000 and is the longest consecutively run ADA event in the United States.
Madeline has served on the boards of countless organizations, including St. Thomas Hospital, Akron Roundtable, Akron Kiwanis Club, the Arthritis Foundation, the Greater Akron Musical Association and the Summit County Historical Society, among many others.
She is the renowned chair of such prestigious fundraisers as the Iris Ball and Cotillion for Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital; the Breakfast Club for the Alzheimer’s Association; and Day at the Races for St. Thomas Hospital.
Other organizations that have benefited from the Bozzellis’ fundraising efforts include the United Way, Akron Blind Center and Edwin Shaw Hospital. In 2007, the Association of Fundraising Professionals North Central Ohio Chapter honored Madeline with the Outstanding Fundraiser Award at its National Philanthropy Day ceremony. In 2009, she was honored with the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award.
Past recipients include LeBron James, Philip Maynard, Gary Taylor, Pastor Knute Larson, Rev. Ronald Fowler, Thomas Strauss, Thom Mandel, Rubber City Radio Group, Dorothy O. Jackson, and Steve Albrecht, Father Norman Douglas and Mr. Larry Vuillemin,
Call (330) 434-7365 for info.