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Thank You Thursday - Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation



Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation is part of a volunteer organization that has sponsored professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio for more than 60 years. Tournaments have provided over $25 million to local charities seeking to improve the quality of life in northeast Ohio. Organizations that have benefitted from the proceeds of tournaments include Akron Children's Hospital, the American Red Cross, Golden Age Centers of Cleveland, the Regional Food Banks of both Akron-Canton and Cleveland, Metroparks, the Akron Art Museum and the International Soap Box Derby.

In 2013 the Derby was awarded a grant from the foundation and a permanent sound system was added to the track at Derby Downs in July 2013.

“What a difference the sound system has made to the experience at the track,” said Derby Vice President Bobby Dinkins. “Prior to being awarded the grant we would have to rent a sound system for our large events like the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby and the Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition and didn’t have sound for all of the other events at the track. We now are able to play music and announce people going down the track. It is such a great atmosphere now.”

In 2015 the Derby was awarded another grant from the foundation and a passenger bus (pictured below right) was purchased that was wrapped in a special Soap Box Derby themed design. The bus is used to transport racers from the bottom of Derby Downs track back to the starting gate and to the topside area during events.

Bus Copy

“Like the sound system having the bus available for events makes for a better experience for everyone attending events at the track,” added Dinkins.

The Derby would like to say THANK YOU to the Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation for helping us continue our mission of building knowledge and character, and creating meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

This is the 28th installment of our weekly “Thank You Thursday” feature. Each week we will offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to a corporation, civic or community leader, volunteer, foundation or an individual who has helped us continue our mission. To view previous features please click below.

Thank You Thursday
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - FirstEnergy Corp.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Don Plusquellic
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Bill Ginter
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Marous Brothers Construction
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Myers Industries
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Outgoing Board Members
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - New Board Members
Thursday. November 24, 2016 - Volunteers
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Dairy Queen 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Curriculum Funders
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - SUBWAY®
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Will Looman
Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Taylor Made Jewelry
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - Greater Akron Chamber
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Bob Troyer
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - GPD Group
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Former Summit County Executive Russ Pry and the County of Summit, Ohio
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Pilot Flying J
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Dave Hubbell
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - AAA Akron Auto Club 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Danny Hughes
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Corbin Bernsen
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Dave Lieberth 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Joe Mazur
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Chris Harris