Past Award of Appreciation Recipients

Each year, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes the area’s unsung heroes at the Community Salute Awards by honoring select individuals, corporations, businesses and organizations for outstanding contributions to the greater Canton community.

Awards of Appreciation honor any or all of the following for outstanding performance that benefits the community:


Appreciation Recipients through the years

1959 CARL O. WEIS
1960 E.T. HEALD
1961 REV. GEORGE E. PARKINSON, D.D.
1962 THE TIMKEN FOUNDATION
1964 CLAYTON G. HORN
1965 ALFRED RANSOM
1966 DOUGLAS H. WORTH
1967 REV. JOHN B. BARKER
1968 J.B. “BABE” STEARN
1969 DR. PAUL GORIN
1970 MRS. STEPHANIE M. MCCUE
1971 FELIX N. MANSAGER
1972 STANLEY A. CMICH
1973 DR. ROBERT E. TSCHANTZ
1974 STARK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1975 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
1976 HOOVER FOUNDATION, RICHARD M. SCHNEIDER, EARL SCHREIBER, MRS. PAUL A.T. NOON
1977 WILLIAM K. WILSON, DEUBLE FOUNDATION
1978 HERBERT E. MARKLEY
1979 RAYMOND C. KOONTZ, CANTON ROTARY CLUB
1980 GERVIS S. BRADY, E. ROBERT SCHELLHASE
1981 BARBARA F. SCHREIBER, CANTON SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, CANTON EX-NEWSBOYS ASSOCIATION
1982 THE TIMKEN COMPANY
1983 THE HOOVER COMPANY, SISTER ANN JEANNE CHISHOLM
1984 BROTHER THOMAS S. FARRELL, UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL STARK
1985 NORMAN E. JACKSON, W.R. TIMKEN, JR., GIBBONS-GRABLE CO.
1986 THE CANTON ART INSTITUTE, CANTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
1987 JOHN F. BUCHMAN, RICHARD M. SCHNEIDER
1988 YMCA - WILLIAM T. CUMLER, NICK P. NAVARRA
1989 THE REPOSITORY - JOHN SIAM
1990 JOSEPH R. CUTINELLA
1991 JACK A. MAXWELL, JR., STANLEY C. EWING, DIEBOLD, INCORPORATED
1992 STARK COUNTY BOARD OF MRDD, ROBERT J. GASSER
1993 GERALD MECK, JUNIOR LEAGUE OF CANTON
1994 JOSEPH & JOANE BULSO, JANICE C. MEYER, GARY A. ZINK
1995 CULTURAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, JERROLD L. LOCKSHIN
1996 EUGENE A. DECHELLIS, MALONE COLLEGE
1997 TARGET
1998 CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES, DAVID EWING
1999 RABBI JOHN SPITZER, STARK DEVELOPMENT BOARD
2000 HAROLD OSWALD, STARK STATE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
2001 MERCY MEDICAL CENTER’S, MERCY P.A.L.S. PROGRAM
2002 THE AULTMAN HEALTH FOUNDATION, FISHERS FOODS CORP.
2003 STEPHEN C. COON, GARY R. SMITH, INNIS MAGGIORE GROUP
2004 VICKY STERLING, THE EMPLOYMENT SOURCE, THE STOCK PILE
2005 JAMES A. BOWER, FOUNDERS OF RICHARD D. WATKINS, CANTON COMMUNITY CLINIC, GAETANO M. CECCHINI, MURLI, MANOHAR, M.D.,PH.D., RICHARD D. WATKINS, COMMUNITY SERVICES OF STARK COUNTY INC.
2006 THE JOSEPH A. JEFFRIES CO. INC., MARY A. REGULA, THOMAS W. SCHMIDT, CHARLES L. WEBSTER
2007 AMERICAN RED CROSS - STARK COUNTY REGIONAL CHAPTER, RONALD G. JOHNSON, PH.D., STARK METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY
2008 THE AKRON-CANTON AIRPORT/ FREDERICK J. KRUM, DR. SHEILA A. FISHER, DR. FREDERICK C. WHITTIER
2009 MARTHA MAGOON, MD, CLEARVIEW GOLF CLUB, WILLIAM , RENEE AND LARRY POWELL, “KIMONO AS ART” EXHIBIT, CANTON MUSEUM OF ART, ARTSINSTARK
2010 GOODWILL OF GREATER CLEVELAND AND EAST CENTRAL OHIO, STARK COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY, DR. ADRIENNE O’NEILL AND THE STARK EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
2011 DENNIS & LYNNE BIERY, MARIA BYINGTON, STARK COUNTY PARK DISTRICT, BOB FONTE, DIRECTOR, RAYMOND WILKOFF
2012 AULTMAN’S WELLNESS ON WHEELS, BEV JORDAN, ROBB HANKINS
2013 LEO E. DOYLE, MENTAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES BOARD OF STARK COUNTY, PATHWAY CARING FOR CHILDREN, PROGRESSIVE CHEVROLET
2014 EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCE CENTER, JEFFREY DREYER, KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AT STARK, ROBERT L. LEIBENSPERGER, STEVEN J. KATZ
2015 CAROL SHAHEEN, YWCA CANTON, CHILDREN'S NETWORK OF STARK COUNTY, NAMI STARK COUNTY, TIMKENSTEEL, UNITED WAY OF GREATER STARK COUNTY, THE REPOSITORY (SPECIAL AWARD OF APPRECIATION)
2016 BETTY SMITH, EN-RICH-MENT; CYNDI MORROW, WISHES CAN HAPPEN; HABITAT FOR HUMANITY; STARK COUNTY HUNGER TASK FORCE; THE PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE NETWORK OF STARK COUNTY, INC.; THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR BOTH CANTON REGIONAL CHAMBER AND JACKSON-BELDEN CHAMBER (SPECIAL AWARD OF APPRECIATION)
2017 JRC; JERRY SCHROER, THE SCHROER GROUP; MEALS ON WHEELS OF STARK AND WAYNE COUNTIES; MICHAEL GALLINA; SISTERS OF CHARITY FOUNDATION OF CANTON