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Robert and Regina Cooper

Robert and Regina Cooper Uplifting the Vulnerable When supporters of Stewart’s Caring Place gathered at the 13th annual Butterfly Gala on August 6, 2016, Robert and Regina Cooper received the Spirit Award, the organization’s highest honor. The Bath couple have a history of philanthropy that epitomizes the Spirit Award, for which the criteria say in […]

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Gen Z Julian Bearshak

Gen Z (Philanthrokids): Julian Bearshak, 8 Collecting Cuddles for Burn Victims Student, Seiberling CLC, Akron Julian Bearshak has been a passionate philanthropist since he was in first grade. He’s grown a bit since then – and so have his dreams of helping others. Julian’s father, William Bearshak, is a firefighter with the Akron Fire Department, […]

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Kimberly Brandle

Kimberly Elizabeth Brandle, 16 Big View: To create a way to help others and to get out there and make them work. Snapshots: Kimberly has been involved in the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio since she was five – volunteering alongside her mother, Julie. When Kimberly was 13, she learned about hospice care when her […]

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Rachel Prior

Rachel Prior, 12 Compassion for Disabled Best Friend Results in Joy and Top National Honors Rachel Prior of Tallmadge looks like any ordinary pre-teen. She has long, blonde hair, pink cheeks, and a shy smile – and she runs on the Tallmadge Middle School cross-country team. But anyone who spends more than a minute with […]

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Game Changer: Lebron James

LeBron James battled the disadvantages of chronic poverty, a one-parent home, and a nomadic existence (he moved seven times when he was five) to become one of the world’s most honored athletes. And one of the richest. Blue Fire Broadband calculated that James earns $2.29 a second – even when he’s sleeping. But what if LeBron had been a boy with […]

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Game Changer: Julie Brandle

Big View: To help build strong foundations, one child, one family, one community at a time. Snapshots: A Girl Scout since childhood, Brandle continues to earn her merit badges. The Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio named her a 2015 Woman of Distinction. A board member of the National Association of Women in Construction (Akron chapter), she helped to organize their “Build Like a Girl” camp for […]

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Game Changer: Jeannine T. (Barry) Marks

Big View: To encourage health, help the sick, and promote the Akron area Snapshots: One of 10 children, Jeannine was well equipped for classes at The University of Akron where she studied child development. After graduation, she opened a chain of day care centers but gave up her career when she and her husband, Steve, had the first of their three children. Jeannine and Steve […]

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