Akron Urban League Announces President’s Leadership and Community Service Award Winners

Akron, Ohio—March 30, 2017— The Akron Urban League is proud to announce the recipients of its President’s Leadership and Community Service awards, to be presented at the agency’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bernett Williams, Vice President of External Affairs at Akron Children’s Hospital, will receive the Akron Urban League’s President’s Leadership Award.  Williams, a well-respected and dedicated leader in the community, was the former President and CEO of the Akron Urban League and is widely recognized for her role in restoring the professional and financial standing of the agency during her tenure. In her current role, Williams is responsible for leading Akron Children’s Hospital’s community partnerships, collaborations, government relations and community benefit strategies.

Officer Lloyd Ford of the Akron Police Department will be presented the agency’s Community Service Award for his 32 plus years of service to the Akron community. Ford, an Akron native, is one of five officers in the department’s community relations unit which is tasked with building relationships of trust between the City of Akron Police Department and the City’s African-American community. Active in the community and a regular at the Akron Urban League, Ford’s relationship building through respect, kindness and compassion is an invaluable service to the Greater Akron region.

Along with the President’s Leadership and Community Service awards, over 40 scholarships will be awarded to deserving Summit County high school seniors. The scholarships are generously sponsored by various corporate, educational and foundation supporters of the Akron Urban League.

Tickets for the event, which will be held at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd, Akron, Ohio, can be purchased at www.akronurbanleague.org under the events tab, individual and table reservations are available. The 2017 Akron Urban League Annual Meeting and Scholarship Luncheon is sponsored by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s Department of Job and Family Services.