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Akron Community Foundation names Thomas Knoll 51st Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award winner

June 14, 2018

Akron Community Foundation names Thomas Knoll 51st Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award winner

AKRON, Ohio — Akron Community Foundation announced the recipient of its 2018 Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award, which honors individuals or couples for their philanthropic achievements. 

Thomas Knoll, co-founder of Akron-based law firm Stark & Knoll, will receive this year’s award award at the annual Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award dinner Oct. 16.

Knoll is recognized for his commitment to charitable causes in the community, including co-founding Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties and First Tee of Greater Akron.

He has served as a board member for more than 20 nonprofits, including GAR Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Akron and The University of Akron Foundation. 

Knoll also played a key role in the creation of Leadership Akron’s NEXT program. The two-year program places retired executives in community leadership roles.

Knoll and his wife, Ginny, founded Akron Community Foundation’s Tom and Ginny Knoll Family Fund, which provides grants to local nonprofits, and have served as co-chairs of several charity campaigns, including Habitat for Humanity’s “A Home of Our Own” capital campaign.

A committee of past Akron Community Foundation Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award honorees selected Knoll as the winner of this year’s award.

The award was named in honor of Akron Community Foundation founding trustee Burt A. Polsky, who dedicated his time to humanitarian causes in Akron.

Akron Community Foundation has awarded approximately $153 million in grants to qualified nonprofits in the community. Visit akroncf.org or call 330-376-8522 to learn more about creating a charitable fund.

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