Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation to honor four individuals for making an impact

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Four individuals will be honored for their impact on Northeast Ohio Dec. 12 during the annual Impact Awards Celebration, a red carpet event of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson.

The honorees are Mark Mayle of Mayle Homes in Minerva; Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio; Leslie Parker Barnes of Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop in Akron; and Andrea Denton, facilitator for Survivors Support Group in Akron.

"This program will honor four very deserving and creative people who demonstrate exemplary performance in the areas of mental health, education and the arts," said Rick Kellar, president of the foundation. "Nominated by someone in their community, these committed individuals connect personal passions with their professional pursuits making a resounding impact on those around them."

Mayle will receive the Award for Enterprise recognizing his commitment and sound process for addressing an overwhelming need. He gives peace of mind to more than 75 families as he provides warm, safe, and permanent homes to individuals diagnosed with mental illnesses.

Teodosio will receive the Award for Innovation for her approach to creating programs that address the mental health of youth. Her concept of integrating mental health and substance abuse treatment has gained national acclaim for the Crossroads Program.

Barnes will receive the Award for Imagination for her ability to inspire youth, many from urban and disadvantaged communities, to develop a passion for the arts. She has touched the lives of more than 7,500 middle and high school students through YEPAW's Summer Workshop, its Institute, or the YEPAW 365 program.

Denton will receive the Compass Award for her leadership in Summit County advocating for the quality and improvement of overall health and wellness of others. Her passion was instrumental in the development of the Summit County Suicide Prevention Coaltion. She retired this year from the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board, but continues to facilitate the Survivors Support Group.

The foundation's annual Morgan Impact Awards is a private event at the Ralph Regula Conference Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.

For information, visit www.mcmfdn.org.

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