From left to right: Ray, Lisa
and Steve Gregory.
We are honored to recognize The
Gregory Family - Ray, Lisa, and Steve - as
the recipient of our 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist Award.
Mr. T. Raymond (Ray) Gregory, founded Canton-based
Gregory Industries, a leading manufacturer of highway
guardrails and galvanized coatings, in 1957. He attributes
his success to belonging to a very generous, supportive
community. Ray, his son T. Stephen (Steve) Gregory and
daughter-in-law Lisa Warburton-Gregory, have made a positive
difference in the lives of so many by giving back with their
resources, time and involvement to several organizations.
Aultman Hospital has been a passion of Ray and the late
Virginia (Gina) Smyth Gregory as well as Steve and Lisa. Ray
served on the board of directors from 1963 – 1984, serving
as chairman of the board from 1978 – 1980. Virginia was a
founding member of the Women’s Board of Aultman Hospital in
1969 and served until 1994. Steve has been on the board of
directors since 1999, serving as Board chairman from 2011 –
2013. Lisa joined the Women’s Board in 2002 and is still
currently very active. She served as Women’s Board President
2010 – 2012 and as Chairman of the major fundraiser “The
Angel Auction” in 2008. She also served on the Aultman
Health Foundation Board from 2010 – 2012.
The Gregorys donated funds for a state-of-the-art
training center “The Gregory Family Training Center,”
located in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at
Aultman’s main campus. They also give a scholarship each
year to a student at Aultman College in memory of Ray’s
sister which covers 100% of a student’s tuition.
Steve and Lisa currently chair the Alexis de Tocqueville
Society for United Way of Greater Stark County. They were the Honorary Chairs of the
Wilderness Center's 2013 auction, and Lisa has chaired the
annual fundraiser for Meals on Wheels of Stark and Wayne
Counties for the past two years. One of Lisa's greatest
achievements was raising more than $430,000 for the Women's
Board Compassionate Care Center of Aultman Hospital in 2008
as Co-Chair of the Angel Auction. She currently serves as
the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) Immediate
Past President of the Board.
Other organizations supported by the Gregory Family are
JRC, Blessings in a Backpack, Canton Symphony, The Canton
Art Museum, Shared Blessings, Arts in Stark, Stark State
Foundation Board and North Canton Medical Foundation.
The National Philanthropy Day luncheon celebration will be held on
Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. Sponsorships
are now available. For more information,
September 18 | 8:00 - 9:45 am
President’s Hall at
the Akron Urban League
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