8/20/2015 – West Side Leader
Editor’s note: The Honorable Evelyn Lundberg Stratton retired from the Supreme Court of Oho in 2012 to pursue criminal justice advocacy reforms.
HUDSON — The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation (MCMF) announced the 2015 Morgan Impact Award recipients include Leadership Akron, Ballet Theatre of Ohio, Nelson Burns of Coleman Professional Services and the Hon. Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, retired justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
The winners will be recognized and celebrated at the sixth annual Morgan Impact Awards later this year.
Through its annual Impact Awards, established in 2010, the MCMF celebrates the exemplary work of individuals whose significant contributions and exceptional commitment promote the foundation’s vision of supporting the nourishment of the human mind through the promotion of mental wellness, the arts and education.
Rick Kellar, president of the foundation, said: “The Impact Awards program was established to acknowledge and reward ideas demonstrating strong commitment that often links their personal passions with their professional pursuits. The Compass Award is designated to an individual whose long-term contributions have made an impact in mental health, a specific focus of our mission.”
- Impact Award for Excellence in Education — Leadership Akron. Leadership Akron currently has 1,000 alumni and is a key source for board leadership in nearly all of MCMF nonprofit grantees.
- Impact Award for Excellence in Mental Health Services — Nelson Burns, of Coleman Professional Services. Burn is a competent and effective nonprofit service provider leader. He continues to expand Coleman, maintaining sound fiscal standing while maintaining and often increasing quality outcomes for clients.
- Impact Award for Excellence in Arts — Ballet Theatre of Ohio. Ballet Theatre provides superior annual arts programming with a robust performance schedule for all ages and abilities. It has consistently engaged thousands of hours of annual volunteer support to build a sustainable nonprofit.
- The Compass Award — The Hon. Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, retired 3-term justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Stratton has championed the needs of the mentally ill throughout the Ohio judicial system and is inspired by her personal family experience to continue this work past her retirement. She is currently a key player for the MCMF as it moves toward broad implementation of assisted outpatient treatment throughout Ohio and beyond.
The MCMF, founded in 2001, is a private grant-making foundation whose primary focus is the mental health field, with a secondary interest in education and the arts, to improve the lives of people with serious mental illness by investing in innovative projects in Northeast Ohio having national transformational impact. For additional information, visit the website www.mcmfdn.org, call 330-655-1366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.