Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital, received the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award at an evening-long celebration on Oct. 18 at the Hilton in Fairlawn.
More than 500 community leaders attended the sold out ceremony during which Considine was recognized for his lifelong commitment to the Akron community, both personally and professionally.
“It would be difficult to find a CEO in modern times who has chaired more organizations, led more fundraising drives, and volunteered for more worthwhile community boards than Bill Considine,” said Akron’s deputy mayor and event emcee, Dave Lieberth.
Upon accepting the award from Akron Community Foundation chair Michael Sweeney, Considine took the opportunity to recognize former FirstEnergy Chairman and CEO, the late Peter Burg. Both Burg and his wife, Eileen, are longtime Akron Children’s supporters, and Eileen chaired this year’s Polsky Award Committee.
“Never take more than you give. My dear, late friend Peter Burg had that belief,” Considine said. “You get so much more back when you give. You learn more about others, and you learn so much more about yourself,” he added.
Each year, the Akron Community Foundation presents the Polsky Award to the individual or individuals who best exemplify Bert Polsky’s selfless dedication and his contributions to humanitarian causes in greater Akron.
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