September 29, 2022 - 5-8 PM
JOHN S. KNIGHT CENTER, AKRON, OHIO

Join us for the Downtown Akron Kiwanis Foundation’s inaugural gala event, An Evening With Kiwanis for Kids—Building Leaders, One Child at a Time.

Designed to support the Kiwanis mission of improving the world one child and one community at a time, we will recognize Akron school educators, celebrate student and community supporters, and promote youth service leadership clubs throughout Akron-area schools. An Evening With Kiwanis for Kids will feature:

  • Cocktail hour
  • Dinner
  • Awards
  • Wine pull
  • Live auction
  • Performances from local youth ensembles

The awards presentation will include the David James Excellent Educator Award (named for and presented to retired Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James), the Kiwanis Community Advocate Award (presented to the LeBron James Family Foundation), and the Student Future Leader Award (presented to Tallmadge Public School student Samantha Blatt). 

The money raised by this event will be invested wisely and allow us to increase our annual grants helping children and to add many more service leadership clubs in our area schools.

Sponsorship levels start at $150 per person/business and individual reservations are $100. All proceeds benefit Akron-area Kiwanis Youth Leadership programs.

For questions or to learn more about an Evening With Kiwanis for Kids, Contact us here.

To learn more about The Downtown Akron Kiwanis Foundation, Click here.

Our Award Recipients Our Auction Packages

Live Auction Items

Current Auction Item List:

  • 4-day getaway at “A Southern Porch Cabin” located in the Black Bear Falls Resort, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Signed LeBron James Jersey and Space Jam 2 Poster
  • Tickets (Event TBA) from the Rubber City Radio Group
  • Dinner for 10 courtesy of Susan Flowers and Old Friends Catering
  • “Around Akron” Package, including memberships, tickets, and more
  • Cleveland Package, including a signed Cleveland Browns football, Cleveland Cavs gear, Rock Hall tickets, and more!

Wine Pull

Wine Bottle Donations By:

  • Heidelberg Distributing Company
  • Macedonia Importers, LLC
  • Time To Spare, LLC
  • Other friends of Kiwanis

Why should you support An Evening With Kiwanis for Kids?

Proceeds raised will be used to grow and maintain Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLPs.) SLPs prepare people of all ages to be the most engaged members of their communities and provides them an opportunity to begin or continue a lifelong journey of service. SLPs are leadership and character-building programs hosted in a school and sponsored and supported by a Kiwanis club. The Foundation and Akron Club currently support the following SLP clubs: Builders Club, Key Club, and Aktion Club.

Our primary goal is to grow and maintain service leadership programs (Builders Clubs) for each public and private middle school in the Greater Akron area. A Builders Club—the largest service organization for middle school students ages 11 to 15—is designed to provide members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership. The club is student led, operates under school regulations, and draws its members from the student body. When started at a young age, the service club experience prepares its members to become the most engaged members of their communities—now and in the future.

We know the transition from grade school to middle school can be tough for any adolescent boy or girl. Common challenges children face include dealing with social pressures, making new friends, communicating with teachers, confronting bullies, becoming a positive contributor, bouncing back from failure and disappointments, and learning about the world. With your help, our middle school-aged children will have access to programming and resources that will help them transition into confident young adults.

Children can continue in service leadership programs during the high school years by being members of a Key Club. Members around the world are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with our local Kiwanis Club, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities.
Kiwanis Aktion Klub
Kiwanis Builders Club
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Kiwanis Student Leader programs