Giving Voice – Lending a Hand

Below you will find a list of organizations that have been touched by The Summit's "Turning Outward" program. To find out more, click here to view the mission of "Turning Outward."

If you'd like us to consider your favorite non-profit for a Turning Outward broadcast, email our Julie DiVitto at Please include the contact person for the organization, so that we know who to contact, should we choose them for a broadcast.


December 10, 2010 – The Summit’s Locks of Love Benefit happened all day Friday, December 10, at Sara Fraraccio Hair and Beauty Boutique, in Fairlawn, Ohio.

The fundraising event raised over three-hundred dollars and fifteen ponytails were donated to disadvantaged children with medical hair loss through the Locks of Love program. The total count included fourteen women, and one man all very excited to shed their locks.

Summit general manager Tommy Bruno was on-site broadcasting live as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward project.

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“This certainly was one of our most rewarding Tuning Outward projects, Bruno said, I am thrilled with the turnout, and look forward to doing this again with the Sara Fraraccio team.”

During the live broadcast, he interviewed hair donors Kathryn Karney and Cat Givens; both of whom are repeat contributors.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides vacuum fitted hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated human hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure.

Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem or other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss. The vacuum fit is designed for children who have experienced a total loss of scalp hair and does not require the use of tape or glue.  The prostheses they provide help to restore self-esteem and confidence, enabling these children to face the world and their peers.

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December 1, 2010 – Community Services of Stark County, Inc. at 625 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, Ohio on Tuesday, November 30th; focusing on November – National Adoption Month, and gearing up for the holiday season/cold weather with donations for the less fortunate of the community.

On Tuesday, November 30 – Summit general manager Tommy Bruno was on-site broadcasting live as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

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During the live one hour broadcast, he interviewed Ray Fete, Director of Fund Development; and Jennifer Werstler, Program Coordinator of Adoption & Parenting.

Community Services of Stark County, Inc., is a not-for-profit agency, accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services, certified through the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and licensed through the Ohio Department of Human Services.

Community Services is staffed by licensed professionals. The agency is supported, in large part, by the United Way of Greater Stark County. Support also comes from fees, donations, grants and foundations. All client matters are assured complete confidentiality.

Organized in 1919, Community Services of Stark County, Inc. has four sites in Stark County: Canton, Massillon, Alliance and North Canton. This allows the agency to meet individual needs in an efficient and effective manner.  

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November 13, 2010 – Association of Fundraising Professionals, North Central Ohio Chapter, National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn on Friday, November 12th.

On Friday, November 12 – Summit general manager Tommy Bruno was on-site broadcasting live as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

During the live hour and a half broadcast, he interviewed Isabel Biasella, Children in Philanthropy Award; Lee & Kathy Giller, Special Recognition Award; and Jeff Bruno/Papa Joe's, Small Business Leadership Award.
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The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its 30,000 members in 207 chapters throughout the world, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2010.

AFP fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.  AFP NCOH serves members from Summit, Stark, Medina, Portage, Wayne, Holmes, Ashland, Tuscarawas, and Cuyahoga Falls.

National Philanthropy Day, November 15, is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—have made to our lives, our communities and our world.
2010 is a very special year, as not only does it mark the 50th anniversary of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the chief sponsor of National Philanthropy Day, but it’s also the 25th anniversary of this special day.

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October 29, 2010 – The Greater Akron Professional Society’s 7th annual Halloween Charity Ball at Akron’s Highland Theatre on Friday, October 29th at 9:00PM.

On Friday, October 29 – Summit general manager Tommy Bruno was on-site broadcasting live as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.
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During the live one-hour broadcast, he interviewed Dottie Achmoody, CEO at OPEN M; Deb Costa, Director at Medina County and Summit County Rape Crisis Centers; and Darla Woods, Summit Scholars award recipient with Laura Purdy, Assistant Director of Development, The University of Akron, Department of Development.

The Greater Akron Professional Society was established in 2004 by siblings Dr. Sonny Bare and Betsy Bare Hartschuh, Esq., to support local and national non-profits.  GAPS organizes and operates large-scale fundraisers to raise money.  Through its signature fundraising event, the Halloween Charity Ball, GAPS has raised nearly $50,000 for a number of charities and non-profits including the American Red Cross, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Battered Women’s Shelter, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Society, Akron Public Schools, the Akron Bar Association’s Street Law Program and Akron’s Free Health Clinic.

This year’s Halloween Charity Ball benefits Open M, Rape Crisis Center, and Summit Scholars.

Open M Free Clinic is a medical office that serves as the primary care home to a large number of Summit County uninsured residents.  Patients of the clinic receive basic medical and dental care.

The Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties is committed to ending sexual assault through education and awareness, and to empower, support and advocate for all those affected by this crime.

Summit Scholars is a collaborative scholarship effort between The University of Akron Foundation and Summit Education Initiative to provide money to help students go to college.  100% of all contributions to Summit Scholars go to scholarship awards.

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October 2, 2010 – Ronald McDonald House of Akron celebrates 25th anniversary.

On Saturday, October 2 – Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was broadcasting live on-site at Firestone Country Club to celebrate 25 Years of Ronald McDonald House in Akron, as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the Community project.

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During the live one-hour broadcast, he interviewed William Considine, President and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital and Honorary Trustee of Ronald McDonald House of Akron.

On January 13, 1985, with the help of Akron Children’s Hospital, 140 local McDonald’s® restaurants, and countless volunteers, the Ronald McDonald House of Akron opened its doors on the campus of Akron Children’s Hospital, at the corner of State Street and Locust.
Since then, the 20 bedrooms at Ronald McDonald House have been home to over 240,000 people from around the state and around the world. The staff and volunteers have provided them with a warm, community dinner each evening. And in those 25 years, Ronald McDonald House has taken care of families so they can concentrate on one thing: their children. Akron Children’s Hospital has greatly expanded the region it serves.  At Ronald McDonald House, they now provide a place to stay for parents with children at Akron General Medical Center and Summa Health System, as well as at Children’s Hospital.

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September 17, 2010 – Portage County Community Health Center, Kent, Ohio.  A preview of the Portage County Community Health Fair in conjunction with Unison Health Care (Medicaid HMO).

On Friday, September 17th, Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-site broadcasting live as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the Community project.

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During the live one-hour broadcast, he interviewed John Sniezek, CEO of Akron Community Health Resources; and Kristin Diak, Portage County Community Health Center Clinical Coordinator.

This Turning Outward broadcast is to promote a health fair with The Portage County Community Health Center in conjunction with Unison health care (medicaid HMO), which takes place Saturday, September 18th.  The health fair will have approximately 10-12 different health vendors outdoors along with health screenings indoors to include blood pressure checks, diabetic education, and limited dental services are also going to be provided by their in-house dentist. This event is open to the community and these checks will be offered free to the un-insured. There will be a Right to Read booth, games, and healthy snacks for children.

Akron Community Health Resources opened the satellite office in Kent in November 2008 in Robinson Memorial Hospital’s former urgent-care center.  The creation of the Portage County health center was the culmination of years of work by community leaders to build a safety net for the county’s uninsured residents.  Although The Portage County Community Health Center is not a free clinic, their goal is to promote preventative health care to everyone regardless of age, race, or ability to pay. A variety of everyday services are offered.

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August 5, 2010 – Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 North Portage Path, in west Akron hosting The Countryside Conservancy Farmer’s Market every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. through September.

On Thursday, August 5 - Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno was on-sight broadcasting live on-site as part of The Summit’s Turning Outward in the community project.

During the live one-hour broadcast, he interviewed Linda Conrad, Stan Hywet President;

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Beth Knorr, Countryside Conservancy Director; and Floyd Davis, Countryside Conservancy market vendor/farmer.

The Countryside Conservancy market features a diverse mix of fresh nutritious and delicious produce grown by local farmers (including those who farm in the Cuyahoga Valley), locally raised meats and poultry, eggs, locally made cheeses, baked goods and other artisan foods.

Since 1999, the Countryside Conservancy has supported community-based food systems throughout Northeast Ohio. This unique non-profit organization helps reestablish farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and runs farmers markets at Howe Meadow and the historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Other programs help up-and-coming farmers find land, connect local growers to chefs and consumers, and educate citizens about the importance of local food systems.

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June 21, 2010 - The Junior Women’s Civic Club hosted the 26th annual Ronald McDonald Charity Golf Classic with 138 golfers participating at Congress Lake Club in Hartville, Ohio. Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno, was on-sight broadcasting live and interviewing some of the participants.

The golf tournament was followed up with a full course dinner then a silent and live auction.

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Twenty-five percent of the proceeds benefited the Junior Women’s Civic Club and 75% to Ronald McDonald House of Akron.

The Ronald McDonald House of Akron was founded by families for the purpose of providing a temporary house for those who have loved ones at Akron Children’s Hospital. The home provides emotional, spiritual and mental support.

Junior Women’s Civic Club is nearly 150 women supporting the Akron community through providing scholarships and volunteer services. The Ronald McDonald House of Akron is near and dear to their hearts. For 25 years, they have held a Golf Classic to raise money for the House. In addition, the members provide meals to the House twice a month.


April 28, 2010 – County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) – 2355 Second Street – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - 330-634-8200

Together with hundreds of community leaders, families, staff, advocates and persons with disabilities celebrated the grand opening of the brand new Summit DD Cuyahoga Falls Center.

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The completely integrated community resource center serves between 50-75 people with disabilities. The LEED certified building in one of two new openings in 2010 – the other in Barberton.

The County of Summit (Summit DD) serves nearly 4,000 individuals with disabilities in Summit County. The services include early Intervention programs for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and transition services for students with developmental disabilities to vocational, habilitation and retirement programs for adults with developmental disabilities.


March 26, 2010 – Community Clubhouse for Brain Injury – 697 East Waterloo Road – Akron, Ohio – 330-724-4000

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the fastest growing disability in the United States! – TBI is a silent epidemic that certainly deserves a voice so we provided one with a Summit Turning Outward remote broadcast.

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Each year more Americas will experience a brain injury then breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and HIV/AIDS combined.

Brain Injury is an insult/injury to the brain that has occurred after birth and is not hereditary. It produces loss of memory, an altered state of consciousness, as well as, behavioral and physical problems.

Causes of TBA include motor vehicle accidents, falls, gunshot wounds, sports injuries, child abuse, violence, military action and other injuries causes by trauma.
The Community Clubhouse for Brain Injury helps these victims with: cognitive, social, behavioral, emotional and life skills. The program of the Community Health Center and is housed at Summit Terrance Apartments in Akron. Services are available to those individuals affected by brain injury in Summit, Stark, Portage, and Medina Counties.


March 2, 2010 - Red Cross Celebrates Local Heroes at annual “Acts of Courage” Event at Quaker Station in Downtown Akron.

March is Red Cross Month – American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties is celebrating by honoring 15 local heroes: 14 people and one German Shepard.

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Nero, the animal category winner, was recognized for subduing one of two suspects in a robbery in Stow in which a gas station clerk was shot in the stomach. As one of the men turned away, Nero subdued him and held him to the ground.

In addition to the Acts of Heroes Awards, the Red Cross also presented the H. Peter Burg Community Leadership Award to Theresa Carter of the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation for her outstanding work in the community.

The live remote broadcast featured, Summit general manager, Tommy Bruno interviewing:

Toby Ann Weber, CEO, American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties

Theresa Carter, President, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation

Officer Ted Bell, Stow Police Officer/ Local Hero Award Winner

Jon Putnam, Local Hero Award Winner

For More information on American Red Cross of Summit & Portage Counties call 330-535-6131 (Summit County) or 330 296-9991 or visit


January 28, 2010 – National Youth Advocate Program – 30 Northwest Ave., Suite 120 – Bldg A – Tallmadge, OH

The January – 2010 Turning Outward remote broadcast focused on the overwhelming need for qualified foster parents. We chose the National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) – whose mission is to be “an energetic instrument of compassion and change in the lives of children, youth and families and the systems, structures and practices that affect them.”

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The January 28th Open House was a way to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the new facility, but more importantly, a chance for people to discover who NYAP is, and what the organization is all about. There are kids and families in our community that need help. Right now, there are thousands of kids that need someone to provide them with a safe and loving home until they can be reunited with their families or relatives. NYAP is looking for people to help strengthen families by becoming foster parents.

The Summit’s, Andrew James, conducted interviews with:

- Dr. Mubarak Awad, Founder, National Youth Advocate Program

- Meredity Kober, Director of Program Development (Akron office)

- Shelby Walker, Foster parent

- Tracy Mayfield, Community Resource Coordinator

Since its inception in 1978, NYAP has provided cost effective, community based services and support to children, youth and families. They offer flexible, creative, outcome based solutions to meet the unique needs of the community and the individual needs of the youth and families involved in our programs.

National Youth Advocate Program – 330-633-4187 or 1-877-NYAP-CAN –