Tickets are now available for Akron Community Foundation’s 2016 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner honoring investment veteran and multiple sclerosis advocate Jim Oelschlager and his wife, Vanita. The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. Tickets start at $150 per person and are available online at www.regonline.com/Polsky.
The Oelschlagers will be the 49th recipients of the award, which Akron Community Foundation presents each year to the individual or couple who best exemplifies Bert Polsky’s selfless dedication to humanitarian causes in Akron.
Jim is the founder of Oak Associates, Ltd., an investment firm in Bath Township, and the founder of the Oak Clinic, a nonprofit facility in Uniontown that treats patients with multiple sclerosis, regardless of their ability to pay. Vanita, an author and publisher of children’s books, donates a percentage of her revenue to the clinic and other related charities.
The Oelschlagers’ philanthropy has benefited health care organizations throughout the region, including Akron Children’s Hospital. Over three decades, they have donated more than $12 million and created three charitable funds at the hospital: the Oelschlager Center for Child Advocacy Endowment Fund, the Adoption Advocacy Center Fund, and the Global Health Fund, which provides health care resources to children in disadvantaged locations throughout the world. They are also members of Summa Health System’s Cornell Society of donors who have given more than $1 million.
In addition to health-related causes, the Oelschlagers have donated more than $19 million to the University of Akron, primarily for scholarships. They founded the Oelschlager Leadership Awards scholarships, as well as the Oelschlager Summer Leadership Institute, a seven-day, on-campus experience for high school seniors who are recommended by their guidance counselors because they might otherwise fall through the cracks.
The Polsky Award event begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner guests will enjoy a program led by former Akron Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth, followed by the presentation of the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award, named for the former president of Polsky’s Department Store and founding trustee of Akron Community Foundation.
Akron Community Foundation’s Polsky Award is presented this year in partnership with Oak Associates. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and start at $2,500. They include tickets to the award dinner and a private reception with the Oelschlagers before the event. For more information, call Margaret Medzie, vice president and chief development officer, at 330-436-5610.
Event proceeds benefit Akron Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that improves the quality of life in Greater Akron by building community philanthropy.
For more information about the event or to request a printed invitation, please contact De Shawn Pickett at 330-376-8522. Registration is available online at www.regonline.com/Polsky.
About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 61 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. As of March 31, 2016, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $182 million with a growing family of more than 530 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome 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 $130 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.