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 info@barbertoncf.org.

Selection Procedure

An independent team of community representatives will meet in August and review nominations submitted by the community.

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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

2000
Esther Ryan – Lifetime Achievement
Mary Frances Ahern – Citizen of the Year
Decker Family Development Center – Outstanding Organization

2001
Dr. Robert Littlejohn – Lifetime Achievement
Gary & Lois Matney – Citizens of the Year
Barberton Community Health Clinic – Outstanding Organization

2002
Royal Wood (in memoriam) – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Area Community Ministries – Outstanding Organization

2003
Walter Ritzman – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Red Cross – Outstanding Organization

2004
Craig & Elizabeth Wilson – Outstanding Citizens
Magic City Kiwanis – Outstanding Organization
Harry Bauschlinger – Memorial Award

2005
Grace Duncan – Outstanding Citizen
Kiwanis Club of Barberton – Outstanding Organization

2006
Kenneth Cox – Outstanding Citizen
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1066 – Outstanding Organization

2007
David Incorvati – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Historical Society – Outstanding Organization

2008
Dr. Milan Pavkov – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Beatification – Outstanding Organization

2009
Larry & Marty Bidlingmyer – Outstanding Citizens
Coalition of Concerned Christians – Outstanding Organization

2010
Tom & Kathy Harnden– Outstanding Citizens
Barberton Moose #759 – Outstanding Organization

2011
Art & Laurette Bradnick – Outstanding Citizens
St. Vincent De Paul Society – Outstanding Organization

2012
Leon Ricks – Outstanding Citizen
Barberton Sports Hall of Fame – Outstanding Organization

2013
Don & Rhonda Wood – Outstanding Citizen
Terry & Patricia Taylor – Outstanding Citizen
Robert C. Frutchey – Memorial Award

2014

Milan Pavkov – Game Changer

Gary Matney – Game Changer

Lisa Oklish Miller – Game Changer

2015
James E. Arnett – Game Changer
Friends of the Barberton Public Library – Game Changer
JohnDow Industries – Game Changer
Medical Mutual – Game Changer

2016
Dennis Liddle, Jr. – Game Changer
CC Supply – Game Changer

2017
Debbie Shreiner – Game Changer
Neighborhood Development Services – Game Changer
Barberton School’s Destination Imagination – Game Changer

2018
Lake Anna YMCA- Game Changer
Elwood Palmer – Game Changer

2019
Bill Aulenbach- Game Changer
Paula Kallio – Game Changer
Magical Theatre Company – Game Changer

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