Every year, Portage Path holds their annual Appreciation & Recognition Dinner to celebrate staff milestones, thank donors and honor a champion of mental health for that year – a new award given for the first time this year.
Those invited gathered at Greystone Hall in Akron on April 19th for a social hour, dinner, presentation and appreciation program.
General major donors and donors of the Dual Diagnosis program were thanked and educated on the impact their contributions have made to clients of the Crossroads program.
Fifteen current staff members were honored for their year milestones with Portage Path with personal regards from President Tracy D. Yaeger, Ph.D. and given their awards.
This year marked the inaugural year for the new John W. Solomon Award honoring past Board Trustee and chair, John Solomon.
This champion award to honor Mr. Solomon will be given annually to an individual, entity or group who possess and demonstrate compassion , leadership, philanthropy and above all, a passion for Portage Path’s mission and the mental health of those we serve. The first annual John W. Solomon award was given to Shari Kennedy for her courage, leadership and philanthropic spirit as a champion for Portage Path. In October of 2016, Shari unexpectedly lost her son KJ to suicide. Since the tragic event, Shari has stopped at nothing to do her part in preventing suicide by partnering with Portage Path and establishing KJ’s 5k for Mental Health & Animal Rescue.
This year’s 5k will be held on October 6th at Portage Lakes State Park. Visit our website for more details and to register.
We thank Shari for her bravery and passion and congratulate her on being presented with the inaugural John W. Solomon Award.