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Summa Health Sapphire Ball returns October 8

Date: 10/06/2022

Vintage New York glamour theme for 19th annual gala, highlighting Summa Health Emergency Services 

AKRON, Ohio, October 6
– The 2022 Summa Health Sapphire Ball returns in person Saturday, October 8, 2022, to the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. 

The 19th annual edition of the premier philanthropic gala is a black-tie celebration reminiscent of vintage New York glamour making for an unforgettable evening of elegance, fine dining and entertainment. 

An exquisite medley of entertainment is planned, plus dinner music by local musicians of the Theron Brown Quintet and dancing to New York-based The Bob Hardwick Sound Sensation, one of the top dance orchestras in the country. 

Net proceeds will benefit Summa Health Emergency Services and other key clinical areas of the health system. Summa Health’s signature gala has raised nearly $13 million since its inception. 

Akron philanthropist and community leader Sandra Smith is the honorary chair of this year’s ball. 

Don Rife is the fundraising committee chair, leading a group of 15 volunteers and community leaders focused on fundraising efforts.

Physician chairs are David Seaberg, M.D., chair of the Summa Health Department of Emergency Medicine, and Michael Beeson, M.D., program director of the Summa Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

Mistress of ceremonies for the event will be Akron native Sara Shookman.

What: 19th annual Summa Health Sapphire Ball, black-tie attire encouraged
When: Saturday, October 8, 2022; doors open at 6:00 p.m.; dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street, Akron; valet parking

Diamond sponsors for the 2022 Sapphire Ball are Huntington Bank and US Acute Care Solutions. Ruby Sponsors are Akron Beacon Journal; Ohio CAT; Sandy and Cliff Deveny; Sandra Smith and her late husband, Richey; and Tony Solaro and his late wife, Sandy.

For additional information, please contact Nikki Hawk, 330.375.3548 or

About Summa Health
Summa Health is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community medical centers, a health plan, an accountable care organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and the Summa Health Foundation, we are 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, Healthgrades, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at, Twitter,, Pinterest, and LinkedIn

Media Contact: Mike Bernstein
Phone: 234.312.5012


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