Game Changer Awards

game changer award

Do you know someone who has made a difference in the Barberton community or someone from Barberton who has made a significant impact within their field? Do you know someone who has played a key role in building a better Barberton through their leadership, vision, and commitment to the community? If you know someone that fits these exemplary qualities, please nominate an individual or organization for Barberton Community Foundation’s Game Changer Award! The winners are traditionally recognized at our Annual Dinner in November.

*COVID-19 Update: For the safety of all, Barberton Community Foundation has decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Dinner in November. For questions about the Annual Dinner or the Game Changer Awards, please call us at 330-745-5995.

Foundation Seeks Nominations for Game Changer Awards

Barberton Community Foundation is seeking nominations until Friday, July 31st for the annual Game Changer Awards. These awards are meant to highlight the invaluable contributions of individuals and organizations to our city and encourage others to follow the example they have set.

Nomination forms and a list of past recipients are available in the Press Room. Forms are also available at the Foundation office or by emailing

Selection Procedure

A committee of community representatives will meet in August and review nominations submitted by the community.

Game Changers

The Foundation has been celebrating exceptional individuals, organizations and businses in our community since 2000. See the full list below.

Past Game Changer Award Recipients

Esther Ryan – Lifetime Achievement
Mary Frances Ahern – Citizen of the Year
Decker Family Development Center – Outstanding Organization

Dr. Robert Littlejohn – Lifetime Achievement
Gary & Lois Matney – Citizens of the Year
Barberton Community Health Clinic – Outstanding Organization

Royal Wood (in memoriam) – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Area Community Ministries – Outstanding Organization

Walter Ritzman – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Red Cross – Outstanding Organization

Craig & Elizabeth Wilson – Outstanding Citizens
Magic City Kiwanis – Outstanding Organization
Harry Bauschlinger – Memorial Award

Grace Duncan – Outstanding Citizen
Kiwanis Club of Barberton – Outstanding Organization

Kenneth Cox – Outstanding Citizen
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1066 – Outstanding Organization

David Incorvati – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Historical Society – Outstanding Organization

Dr. Milan Pavkov – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Beatification – Outstanding Organization

Larry & Marty Bidlingmyer – Outstanding Citizens
Coalition of Concerned Christians – Outstanding Organization

Tom & Kathy Harnden– Outstanding Citizens
Barberton Moose #759 – Outstanding Organization

Art & Laurette Bradnick – Outstanding Citizens
St. Vincent De Paul Society – Outstanding Organization

Leon Ricks – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Sports Hall of Fame – Outstanding Organization

Don & Rhonda Wood – Outstanding Citizen
Terry & Patricia Taylor – Outstanding Citizen
Robert C. Frutchey – Memorial Award


Milan Pavkov – Game Changer

Gary Matney – Game Changer

Lisa Oklish Miller – Game Changer

James E. Arnett – Game Changer
Friends of the Barberton Public Library – Game Changer
JohnDow Industries – Game Changer
Medical Mutual – Game Changer

Dennis Liddle, Jr. – Game Changer
CC Supply – Game Changer

Debbie Shreiner – Game Changer
Neighborhood Development Services – Game Changer
Barberton School’s Destination Imagination – Game Changer

Lake Anna YMCA- Game Changer
Elwood Palmer – Game Changer

Bill Aulenbach- Game Changer
Paula Kallio – Game Changer
Magical Theatre Company – Game Changer

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