Celebrate Portage! resulted from "Visioning in Portage," a dialogue between Leadership Portage County alumni (led by the Class of 2010), elected officials, business leaders, and local residents about the county's future, and how we might build cooperation and collaboration between local communities.

The consensus of those conversations? That Portage County is a great place to live and raise a family -- and that we should all do more to celebrate the things that make our community unique and special.

Celebrate Portage! was launched in 2014 to do just that. An all-volunteer group of community leaders came together to plan and deliver a gala awards dinner recognizing business development, art and cultural events, student- and volunteer-led community service efforts, and unsung community heroes. The gala awards dinner remains central to the Celebrate Portage! mission.

In addition to the awards dinner, Celebrate Portage! provides placemaking grants to local communities and organizations, elevates volunteer opportunities, and raises awareness about opportunities for socialization and community engagement in Portage County.

Celebrate Portage! remains volunteer-led and donor-funded, and is proud to play a vital part in recognizing the good and great things that make our community a wonderful place to call home.


Todd Peetz, President
Director - Portage County Regional Planning Commission

Lori Calcei, Vice President
Portage County Recorder

Deb Covert, Secretary
Executive Director - Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce

Bill Childers, Treasurer
President & CEO - United Way of Portage County

Sabrina Christian-Bennett
Portage County Commissioner

Dominique Bollenbacher
Community Engagement Coordinator - City of Kent

Julia Colecchi
Integrated Marketing Strategist - Office of Marketing & Communication, NEOMED

Kaleena Gharky
Community Director - Habitat for Humanity of Portage County

Chelsea Gregor
Clerk of Council - City of Ravenna

Rachel Kerns
Executive Director - Habitat for Humanity of Portage County

Karyn Kravetz
Associate Director - Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County

Terry Montz
Community Member

Andra Polasky
Executive Director - Leadership Portage County

Nick Schneckenburger
Partner - Maguire Legal Group LLC

Rob Young
Clinical Director - Townhall II

CLICK HERE for a copy of our bylaws.

Please contact us at CelebratePortage@gmail.com if you are interested in joining our efforts to celebrate Portage County!