92nd Annual Gala

92nd Annual Gala & Academy of Leader’s Induction

Join us and event chair, Summit County Executive, Ilene Shapiro, on Friday, August 18th, 2017 for our premier fundraising event and kickoff to our 2017-2018 campaign! The 92nd Annual Gala will take place at the Grand Ballroom at Quaker Square in downtown Akron and will feature musical entertainment by the world famous Motown Record’s The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.

We will also introduce our inaugural class of the ‘Academy of Leader’s’, a group of women who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM). As part of our 2017-2020 strategic plans we will emphasize empowering those we serve through education and employment in the STEAM fields. Our 92nd Annual Gala with its theme, “Steaming Ahead”, will position us to impact the lives of the residents of Summit County through new and exciting programming.

Whether you are a supporter of the Akron Urban League, involved in the STEAM fields, or a fan of The Temptations, the Urban League’s 92nd Annual Gala is sure to be a fun-filled evening and all proceeds will benefit the life changing mission of the Akron Urban League. We hope to see you there!

Academy of Leaders Inductees

Diane Miller-Dawson, Director of Finance, The City of Akron

Dr. Julie Zhao, Assistant Dean, International Initiatives & Director of Diversity and Retention, The University of Akron

Cara Adams, Chief Engineer of Race Tire Development, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports

Dr. Yoleetah Ilodi, Physician Leader, Office of Minority Affairs for Medical Education, Summa Health System

Event Details

Friday, August 18, 2017

Grand Ballroom at Quaker Square

135 South Broadway St., Akron, Ohio 44308

6:00 pm – Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar

6:45 pm – Dinner

7:45 pm – Academy of Leaders Induction Ceremony

8:30 pm – Entertainment by Motown Record’s The Temptations


  Reserve your seats at 330tix

Corporate Support

If you or your company would like to support the Akron Urban League’s 92nd Annual Gala and Academy of Leaders Induction Ceremony, please contact Edwin Hubbard, Jr., Sr. Director of Funder Relations at ehubbard@akronurbanleague.org. Available corporate funding packages can be found here: 2017-2018 Corporate Funding Packages.


For event questions, please contact Minette Boyd at mboyd@akronurbanleague.org.

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