One of Akron's most well-known leaders was honored for his exemplary community efforts.
President and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital William "Bill" Considine was named as the 44th recipient of the Bert A. Polsky Humanitarian Award Tuesday night at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn by the Akron Community Foundation.
Considine says that he was truly humbled by the honor.
"I'm overwhelmed by this, and when I look at the past recipients, it's truly a Hall of Fame," says Considine.
"I am really moved and humbled by this recognition."
Past recipients of the award include Kathryn Hunter, Phillip Maynard, and Madeline Bozzelli.
Mr. Considine has served as president of Akron Children's Hospital for over 32 years and has been a leader in the professional sector, serving as a member of the American Hospital Association and is a current board member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions.
Considine, a longtime resident and native of Akron was selected to receive the award by a committee of past recipients.
He says that with his work as leader of Children's Hospital, helping young people is a cause that's near and dear to him.
"We really do focus on the organizations such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, along with the Red Cross and others that are dedicated to serving children."
Considine has been involved numerous charities over the years including the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Akron, The United Way of Summit County, and the Summit County First Things First Initiative, among others.
The Bert Polsky Humanitarian Award is presented to the individual or couple who demonstrate a dedication to charitable causes in the Akron community.
He said that his family was very instrumental in making him the man that he is, especially his wife of 39 years, Becky.
"Becky should be up on that stage with me tonight for all that she's done over the years," Considine said.
"I couldn't do half of what I do without her support and her as a teammate."
He also thanked his three children, and all of his extended family who were present at the award presentation.