Emmy-nominated producer Dee Haslam to be featured at Women’s Endowment Fund dinner

Tickets on sale for “For Women, Forever” annual dinner April 24

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AKRON, Ohio – Emmy-nominated television producer Dee Haslam is coming to Akron to share her experiences as an industry leader and pioneer. Haslam, the CEO and founder of RIVR Media, will discuss women’s leadership and philanthropy at the Women’s Endowment Fund’s “For Women, Forever” annual dinner April 24. Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.regonline.com/forwomenforever.

Haslam’s love for television was inspired by her father, famed producer Ross Bagwell Sr., who became her mentor in the industry. After college, she spent 13 years working for her father’s production company, Cinetel, before co-founding RIVR Media in 1999. In the years since, Haslam has grown RIVR Media into a multi-million dollar enterprise known for producing “Trading Spaces” and other hit reality shows on cable networks like HGTV and Animal Planet. Her company also writes, directs and produces high-profile film and online projects.

In 2010, Haslam co-created Moving Picture Books, an award-winning line of animated children’s books. Her work with both companies has earned her numerous awards, including an Emmy nomination for “Whale Wars,” the Parents Choice Award, and the New York Festivals World Medal. Haslam’s professional associations include the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the International Women’s Forum, where she cultivates and mentors emerging female leaders worldwide.

In 2012, Haslam became a household name in Northeast Ohio when her husband, Jimmy Haslam, and the Haslam family purchased the Cleveland Browns. Since then, Haslam has immersed herself in the local philanthropic community, where she currently serves as president of the Cleveland Browns Foundation. In her hometown of Knoxville, Tenn., Haslam is as much known for her charitable work as she is for her entrepreneurship. To date, she has raised millions of dollars for charities like the United Way and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, for which she serves as board chair. She also serves on the boards of the University of Tennessee Foundation and the Emerald Youth Foundation, among many others.

Haslam’s long history of encouraging women’s leadership in philanthropy will inspire guests at the Women’s Endowment Fund’s annual dinner, said event co-chair Judge Eve Belfance.

“Dee Haslam is the perfect example of a woman whose charitable work shines as brightly as her career,” Belfance said. “She has motivated the women around her to use their talents to make a difference in their own communities, and we know she will do the same in Akron.”

This year’s “For Women, Forever” dinner will be held Thursday, April 24, at Quaker Station at Quaker Square Inn at the University of Akron. The annual event celebrates women’s philanthropy and raises money for the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation. It will also feature pre-event presentations from the fund’s most recent grantees.       

About “For Women, Forever”
“For Women, Forever” is the annual celebration of the Women’s Endowment Fund, its members and contributors, and the organizations supported by its grants. This year’s event is co-chaired by Judge Eve Belfance and Cindy Johnson, partner at Bober Markey Fedorovich. It features a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 6:30.

Tickets for the annual dinner start at $75 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.regonline.com/forwomenforever or call 330-376-8522. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To learn more, contact event co-chair Cindy Johnson at 330-255-2437 or cjohnson@bobermarkey.com.

About the Women’s Endowment Fund
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation was established in 1993 as a permanent endowment committed to encouraging the advancement of Summit County women and girls. To date, it has grown to nearly $3 million and awarded more than $650,000 in grants. Contributions of any amount are welcome and can be made online at www.akroncf.org/give/WEF or mailed to Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, Ohio, 44307. For more information, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org/wef.

About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 58 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of $181 million with a growing family of more than 440 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $111 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.

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