Release Date: April 30,2018

The Love Akron Network’s 7th Annual awards breakfast celebrate contributions of women leaders

The Love Akron Network, a broad coalition of professional clergy and Christian leaders in both the public and private sectors, will be hosting their Seventh Annual Awards Breakfast at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 with doors opening at 6:45 a.m. for networking and breakfast; the program begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. and will last until 9:00 a.m. 

The morning will include remarks from women leaders in the Greater Akron Area, most notably the featured speaker, Judge Carla Moore. Mark Ford, Executive Director of The Love Akron Network shared, “We chose Carla Moore because she represents the kind of woman that has made Akron great. Her gracious style has endeared her to the full community, and she is highly respected by community leaders from all sectors.”  

Judge Moore was the first female African American elected to the Akron Municipal Court and the Ninth District Court of Appeals.  She served as a judge for 15 years on the Akron Municipal Court before her election to the Ohio Ninth District Court of Appeals, where she served from 2005 until her retirement in February 2017. Judge Moore has been widely recognized for her many contributions to our community, most recently as the 2017 recipient of the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award.  She was also the 2014 recipient of the Brenda Unruh Servant Award.  

The breakfast, which was attended by over 650 people last year, is meant to recognize the extraordinary leadership, deep faith, and community contributions of the late and beloved Honorable Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh. An award in her honor will be given to an individual who exemplifies outstanding Christian values and service to the community.  The morning will also feature a special tribute to Judge Unruh, whose life and servant leadership were instrumental in the inception of this event.

The event will also acknowledge the collaborative leadership of Reverend Dr. Ronald J. Fowler and Pastor Knute Larson, co-founders of The Love Akron Network, through the presentation of the Fowler- Larson Allies Award.  This award will be presented to two individuals who have jointly demonstrated an intentional effort to build bridges between individuals or institutions of diverse color, culture, or congregational tradition.  

The Love Akron Network is currently seeking nominations for both awards. Detailed criteria and online nomination forms are available at the event’s website: Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.