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It’s a “Celebration” with Kool & the Gang at Summa Foundation’s 12th annual Sapphire Ball

Date: 08.14.2013
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, MBA Phone: (234) 312-5037

AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2013 – It’s a “Celebration” for guests of Summa Foundation’s 12th annual Sapphire Ball who are invited to dance the night away Saturday, Sept. 21, during a live performance by Kool & the Gang, the Grammy Award winning band whose funk hits also include “Ladies Night,” and “Get Down On It.” Guests at the elegant black-tie fundraiser will also enjoy a beautiful evening of cocktails and gourmet dining.

This year, proceeds will benefit the Summa Center for Health Equity, which empowers people to make lasting improvements to their health through chronic disease management, nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle education services.

“We are so very excited to invite the community to an evening of spectacular entertainment and cuisine combined with our guest’s generous support of programs that will forever positively change the delivery of healthcare,” said Lori Krohn who is co-chairing this year’s Sapphire Ball with her husband, Mark Krohn. “We’re promising lasting memories at this year’s ball and a party that can truly change the world. Who could ask to be a part of anything better than that?”

The Summa Center for Health Equity opened in West Akron in 2012 to provide the community with primary care services, health education and public health solutions through evidence-based protocols and community partnerships. The health center is the anchor commercial tenant in the Village at New Seasons, which opened in April 2011 across the street from The House of the Lord.

“Every day, we are helping people reclaim their health and their lives through a new approach to healthcare,” said E. Demond Scott, M.D., executive director of the center. “Through an integrated program that includes not only medical but dietary, lifestyle and fitness components, our patients are having fewer health emergencies, improving chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and staying well much longer.”

12th Annual Sapphire Ball

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Concert by Kool & The Gang following dinner

The John S. Knight Center

77 E. Mill St., Akron

Valet parking will be available. Black tie attire.

Ticket price:    
Tickets start at $250                                                                             

This year’s event is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Saber Healthcare along with Premier Sponsor Sodexo and the Change a Community Sponsors: FirstMerit, FirstEnergy Foundation, Falls Village Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, CommuniCare, and The Lehner Family Foundation.

Throughout the past decade, funds raised at this signature gala have provided support for many significant Summa initiatives, including the Ann and David Brennan Critical Care Center, Palliative Care Services, the Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center and Summa’s Women’s Health Center.

For more information regarding Sapphire Ball ticket purchases, sponsorship, underwriting and advertising opportunities, please contact Erin Dickey at (330) 375-4398 or email You can also visit or “like” us on Facebook at to receive the latest event news.

About Summa Health System

Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at and Twitter at