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 will be recognized at our Annual Dinner in November.

Foundation Seeks Nominations for Game Changer Awards

Barberton Community Foundation is seeking nominations until Tuesday, August 20th 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

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

Mark Your Calendar

Join us to honor the award recipients at the 20th Barberton Community Foundation Annual Dinner Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Past 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


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