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Summa Health premier events set to return in 2021

Phylis Ferrara and Patrick O'Neill

Dear Friends of Summa Health,

Thank you for your steadfast and continuing support of Summa Health. We hope you are well and staying safe at this time. We are informing you of important changes regarding Summa Health’s 2020 premier events due to COVID-19.

The Summa Society Celebration, scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, the Summa Health Golf Outing, scheduled for Monday, September 21, and the Sapphire Ball, scheduled for Saturday, November 7, have been canceled out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our guests.

We look forward to the return of our premier events in 2021 when we can safely celebrate together with you and all members of our Summa Health family of friends and benefactors.

Next year at the Summa Society Celebration, we will present the Boniface DeRoo Award, our highest philanthropic honor, to Dr. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams; induct new members into the Thomas W. Cornell Philanthropic Leadership Society, which is reserved for those who have contributed $1 million or more; and recognize Dr. J. Patrick Flanagan with the 2021 Distinguished Physician Award, our highest physician honor.

Alice and George Strickler, long-time supporters of Summa Health and the Akron community, will be honored for their dedicated service and steadfast leadership at the Golf Outing on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Long-time philanthropic leaders Sandra and Richey Smith will be honored as chairs of the Sapphire Ball, and Fundraising Committee Chair James Simon will return to lead a group of 20 volunteer fundraisers. On Saturday, October 2, 2021, the gala will highlight the Summa Health Emergency Services Department, and leading emergency services providers David Seaberg, M.D., and Michael Beeson, M.D., will represent Summa Health as physician chairs.

For ongoing updates regarding our premier events, please visit the Summa Foundation website. For specific questions regarding the Golf Outing and Sapphire Ball, contact Nikki Hawk at 330.375.3548 or

Thank you for supporting Summa Health.


Patrick O’Neill
Chair, Summa Foundation Board of Directors

Phylis Ferrara
President, Summa Foundation
Chief Development Officer, Summa Health


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