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Hattie Larlham’s 2019 Friendship Luncheon

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Hattie Larlham hosts the fifth annual Friendship Luncheon on Fri., August 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Twinsburg. Awards will be presented to individuals, groups, and businesses who share their experience, talents, skills and financial support in order to enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We will also present Trailblazer Awards to a person who achieved employment through the Employment Services program and to a business that has shown leadership in supporting people with disabilities.

The Friendship Luncheon will be hosted by Sara Shookman, anchor for WKYC-TV.

2019 Friendship Luncheon Honorees

Outstanding Individual – Fran Battiest
Honorable Mention: Krista, Mobile Services Department at Akron Summit County Library; Lisa Bennett Maxine Brown; Annie French; Jeannette Spence; Stan & Ellen Majkrzak; Maggie Fekete

Outstanding Group – Harmony Springs Christian Church
Honorable Mention: St. Christopher Young Professionals

Corporate Partner of the Year – Simplex-IT

Volunteers of the Year – Angela, Hailey, and Brooklyn Brake
Honorable Mention: James Duffield

Youth Award – Alexander Bard

Young Hero Award – Marcus Perry

Trailblazer Awards for Employment Success – Jose S. and Jenny S.
Honorable Mention: Yvarr C., Matthew E., Jason K., Alexander M., Elena R., Michelle S.

Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Business – Welty Building Supply Co.
Honorable Mention: Mobile Services Department – Akron Summit County Public Library; Aramark – The University of Akron; AVI Foodsystems, Inc., Marc’s; GetGo – Portage Trail; Honeymoon Grille/Mandi and Steve Rector; Kent State University

Event Details

Friday, August 16
Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland/Twinsburg
8971 Wilcox Drive
Twinsburg OH 44087

  • 11:00 a.m. – Registration/Networking
  • 11:45 a.m. – Luncheon served
  • 12:00 p.m. – Program begins

Sponsorship / Event Tickets

Sponsorships, program book ads and tickets are available now, using the form below. Download the Sponsorship Opportunities document here.


Wendy Voelker, Development Officer

Presenting Sponsor

Partnership Sponsors