Canal Boat Captain's Ball

Friday, May 18, 2018
6 p.m. Gathering, 7 p.m. Dinner with live auction to follow

On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition will be hosting the Canal Boat Captains Ball at the Akron Fairlawn Hilton. The Captain's Ball is a premier fundraiser that benefits the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and our efforts to build the Towpath Trail through northeast Ohio, as well as thank members of the community for their support of the Towpath Trail. This year, we are honoring Summit County Executive Ilene Shapior as honorary Canal Boat Captain.

Doors will open at 6:00pm. A social hour will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and a silent and live auction. Proceeds from this event benefit the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and the continued development of the Towpath Trail and Connector Trails.

If you are interested in learning more about the event or would like to purchase a seat, contact Sara Hart at (330) 374-5657 or

Location: Akron Fairlawn Hilton, 3180 W Market St., Akron, OH 44333
RSVP by: May 11
Menu: Grilled Top Sirloin or Grilled Portabella Mushroom Vegetable Stack

Sponsor/Seat Prices:

Boatman Seats ($100 per person)
Commadore Seats ($175 per person)
Commissioner Seats ($250 per person)
Corporate Sponsor ($1,000 per table of eight)


Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro

County Executive Ilene Shapiro became the fifth Summit County Executive in August of 2016. As Executive, Ilene manages a budget of nearly a half billion dollars and nine departments including: Administrative Services, Communications, Community and Economic Development, Finance and Budget, Human Resources, Job and Family Services, Law, Insurance and Risk Management, Sanitary Sewer Services and the Medical Examiner.

Ilene Shapiro served on Summit County Council for ten years, three of those as Council President. Ilene served on various committees during her tenure on Council, including serving as the Chair of Planning and Economic Development Committee for seven years. Executive Shapiro is an accomplished business leader with a history of successful business ventures for high growth, established, turnaround and startup organizations and led Shapiro Consulting, which specialized in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Business Planning, Workforce and Economic Development. Shapiro currently serves as a board member for the Akron Community Foundation, the University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF), County Executives of America, the Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation, United Way of Summit County, Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), and the Greater Akron Chamber. She also serves on the Summit and Medina Workforce Area Council of Governments and is a member of the Greater Akron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body. She is an alumnus of both Leadership America and Leadership Akron. She is a past President of the Women’s Network and is a founder of the Women’s Endowment Community Foundation.

In recognition of her distinguished work, Shapiro was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Advocate for the State of Ohio and the Judith A. Resnick Woman of the Year Award for Inspiration. In 2007, she was recognized with a Women of Professional Excellence Award from Women's Network Inc. And in September 2008, Shapiro was honored as the 2008 Northeast Ohio Athena Award Recipient sponsored by ATHENA International and Inside Business Magazine. In 2011, the Akron Urban League awarded Ilene the distinction of being named as a Pioneer at their annual Pioneer and Protégé’s recognition event. In 2015, she received the Harold Stubbs Award for Government.

County Executive Shapiro lives in West Akron.