Regina and Bob Cooper, longtime friends and benefactors of Summa Health and philanthropists in the Akron community, were celebrated for their dedicated service, legacy of generosity and invaluable leadership at the 13th annual Summa Health Golf Outing, held Tuesday, June 13, at Firestone Country Club.
Since its debut in 2010, support of the golf outing has raised more than $3 million for resources in support of the health system's more than 2,000 nurses. This year's outing raised more than $243,000.
A visionary gift to Summa Health from the Cooper family helped to establish the Jean and Milton Cooper Pavilion, where all cancer care services are available in one convenient location. Regina and Bob have faithfully supported the Summa Health Cancer Institute to ensure that patients and families have access to the highest quality, compassionate cancer care and supportive services.
The generosity of Regina and Bob as longstanding sponsors of the Summa Health Sapphire Ball, their leadership and service as Honorary Chairs of the 2019 ball, and Bob’s dedication as a member of the Sapphire Ball Fundraising Committee have helped touch nearly every area of patient care at Summa Health.
The Coopers have demonstrated selfless service and advocacy to help shape the future of cancer care in our community and beyond. Bob is the volunteer chair of the Summa Health Cancer Institute Leadership Council, and Regina is a member of this council. The couple was honored with the 2016 Spirit Award by Stewart’s Caring Place Cancer Wellness Center.
Bob has served as secretary of the Akron Community Foundation and board member of the Akron General Partners, Akron Children's Hospital, Cascade Capital, Summit County Board of Zoning Appeals, United Way of Summit and Medina, and The University of Akron Research Foundation. He is vice chair of Portage Path Behavioral Health and board member of Huntington Bank and United Way of Savannah.
Regina and Bob Cooper join an esteemed group of philanthropic leaders who have been recognized at the golf outing, including Lynn and Mark Yanke (2022), Alice and George Strickler (2021), Pam and Patrick O’Neill (2019), Phil Kaufmann (2018), Kathie and Paul Testa (2017), Denise and Norm Wells (2015), Nancy* and Vincent DiGirolamo (2014), Ginny and Tom Knoll (2013), Dee* and Rennick Andreoli (2012), Thomas A. LaRose* (2011) and Jonne and Al Gilbert (2010)
For more information about the outing, contact Nikki Hawk at Summa Foundation at 330.375.3548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.