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Akron Philanthropists and Community Leaders Recognized for Dedicated Service and Leadership

Date: 08/31/2021

George and Alice Strickler
AKRON, Ohio, August 31, 2021 – George and Alice Strickler, longtime friends and advocates of Summa Health and the Akron community, were the 2021 honorees of the Summa Health Golf Outing held Monday, August 30, on the South Course at Firestone Country Club.

The Stricklers are fixtures at the annual Summa Health Golf Outing that has raised nearly $3 million for resources in support of Summa nurses since 2010. The couple also supports Summa Health in many other ways. 

Alice Strickler has been a devoted volunteer and member of the Women's Board of Summa Health for more than 30 years and the chair of the Orthopedic Institute Leadership Council since its inception. The couple volunteer as members of the Cardiovascular Leadership Council. George Strickler, now retired, is a senior executive with nearly 50 years of global experience leading five major corporations, including The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. He joined the Summa Health Board of Directors in 2018 and was appointed the new chair in January. George previously served as a member of the Summa Health Finance Committee and was also a member of the executive committee of the Summa Foundation board for four years. 

Earlier this year, the Stricklers made a leadership gift of $1 million to Summa Health that inspired the extension of the campaign, "Caring For You...Then, Now, Always," with an increased goal of $100 million. 

"We are so grateful to George and Alice for their dedicated leadership and generous commitment to Summa Health, "Cliff Deveny, M.D., Summa Health president and chief executive officer, said at Monday's event. "We look forward to a bright future of leading the way in a new era of healthcare at Summa and throughout our community."

The Stricklers join an esteemed group of philanthropic leaders who have been recognized at the golf outing, including Pam and Patrick O'Neill (2019), Phil Kaufman (2018), Paul Testa (2017), Denise and Norm Wells (2015), Nancy and Vincent DiGirolamo (2014), Tom and Ginny Knoll (2013), Dee and Rennick Andreoli (2012), Thomas A. LaRose (2011) and Al and Jonne Gilbert (2010). The 2019 golf outing raised more than $240,000 to support resources for Summa Health nurses. 

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