to join us for our annual, signature Gala on Friday, September 11th, 2020!

Enjoy an elegant evening of music, exciting auctions, celebratory programs and more while supporting OPEN M’s mission to create pathways out of poverty.

In light of the ongoing community health concerns, the 2020 Gala has been adapted to a virtual event with options to join our Exclusive Watch Party, host a watch party of your own, or join from the comfort of your own home on Friday, September 11th 2020!

Guests choose where they want to celebrate! Dinner, sponsor advertisements, celebratory programs, and auction items will be shown as both live and pre-recorded broadcasts into the homes of our guests and at local Watch Parties. OPEN M will host an exclusive Watch Party at St. George’s which includes heavy hors’ d’oeuvres, an open bar, entertainment, and more! Tickets are limited and are expected to sell out. Purchase your tickets HERE! RSVP deadline is 9/4/20.



Nicholas Browning is president of Huntington’s Akron Region.

Browning joined Huntington in 2016 following the merger of FirstMerit into the company. While at FirstMerit, he served as executive vice president, Akron president and CEO and was responsible for coordinating the activities of retail, wealth and commercial banking for the Akron Region, with direct responsibility for all aspects of Akron commercial banking. In addition, he was a member of the FirstMerit Bank, N.A. board of directors and executive committee. Prior to joining FirstMerit, Browning was a commercial banker with Ameritrust Bank and NCNB, where he began his banking career.

Browning earned his MBA from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and marketing from the University of South Carolina. He is a trustee for the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Akron, Summa Health System Hospitals, Akron Community Foundation, Sisler McFawn Foundation, Summit Education Initiative, United Way of Summit County and Downtown Akron Partnership, and a member of the University of Akron College of Business Advancement Council. He was 2012 campaign chair for United Way of Summit County/Red Cross Campaign and is past board president of United Disability Services and Greenleaf Family Center.

Cindy Browning is a dedicated community volunteer, having retired from Summa Health in 2017. During her 35-year nursing career, Cindy specialized in home health and hospice care. Her passion for hospice continues as a volunteer for Hospice of Summa, and through her work for Grace House Akron, where she is the volunteer coordinator and serves on the capital and policy committees. Cindy also serves on the Humane Society of Summit County Board and enjoys volunteering at the First Congregational Church of Akron’s food pantry. Past volunteer work includes Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Hudson United Methodist Church and Open M. Cindy earned her B.S. in nursing from the University of South Carolina and holds a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University. Cindy and her husband, Nick, live in Akron with their two quirky, rescued dogs and have three adult children.


Click HERE to see the Gala Sponsorship Form HERE to purchase sponsorships.


Back for the second year, we have our Adventure Raffle. Tickets are only $25 each and we will pull the winner the night of the event on Friday, September 11, 2020. The winner does not need to be present to win. The winner will choose from one of these four amazing adventures:

• 5-Night all-inclusive resort stay in Montego Bay, Jamaica with airfare for two
• 3-Night stay in New Orleans with tours, meal with wine pairing, and airfare for two
• 3-Night resort stay in Napa Valley with hot air balloon ride and airfare for two
• 3-Night stay in Kentucky with distillery tours, tasting, chauffeur and airfare for two

*Due to COVID-19, the winner will have until the end of 2021 to book their trip and can travel through 2022.

Last year’s winner purchased only TWO tickets and won a trip to Napa and Sonoma. Click HERE to purchase your raffle tickets or email j.rist@openm.org for details!

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