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Honoree Bill Considine and Jim Merklin 

More than 800 guests celebrated Akron Children’s Hospital’s CEO Emeritus William H. Considine on 40 years of leadership at a celebration in his honor Oct. 12 at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron.

During the event, Considine announced a $1 million gift for the hospital’s Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute from him and his wife, Becky. The gift will go toward establishing an endowed chair. The Considines donated $1 million to create the institute upon his 30th anniversary. Board of Directors chairman John Orr announced that $13.1 million was raised for the hospital in Considine’s honor over the past year.

Considine’s dedication was highlighted in a video that featured remarks and congratulations from leaders such as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan.

The gala also included a performance by musical act The Spinners and Dance Unlimited, a dance troupe made up of Akron Children’s patients.

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