2021 Where Love Grows Gala


Thursday March 18th

Tickets are FREE
Watch on Facebook Live


What a year we have been through together.

2020 was a year for the record books in so many ways. It was a year of discord, a year of isolation, and a year of significant unrest and upheaval. But it was also a year of innovation, resilience, and reexamining our priorities to focus on what matters most. 2020 was a year that reminded us that we can do hard things when we put our mind to it – and that regardless of who we are, where we’re from, or what we know, we are all interconnected.
Nowhere has this been more true than at Red Oak. Revenues have been down, stress has been high, schools have been opened and closed, and we’ve all been running on a bit of an empty tank. Yet over and over again, our team has risen to the occasion to rebuild our framework in this “new normal”. They innovated in their work, provided support and encouragement to one another, and doubled down in their commitment to the clients who count on us for care. They delivered 10,000 meals to homebound clients in our care, and led Google Classroom trainings for their clients and their peers. They facilitated therapy sessions in parks and through porch screen doors. They practiced coping skills using virtual cooking demos, and held masked sessions with kids and families on living room rugs. In the midst of 2020’s collective trauma, they were the embodiment of resilience and grace.
As we round the corner into 2021, we hope that you find yourself a bit stronger and wiser. That you breathe a little bit deeper, hug those you love a little bit tighter, and feel a greater sense of purpose in this work than ever before. The road before us remains riddled with challenges and opportunities.
So, join us as we celebrate the work we do and honor some of our amazing partners that stand alongside us!
We ask that you listen with open hearts to the many impactful stories you’ll watch tonight and know this work can’t be done without your support.
Enjoy the program! And we hope to see you all very soon.

For the health and safety of our supporters and our community, this year’s Gala will be a virtual celebration that includes an online silent auction. The auction features many one-of-a-kind experiences, spa days, artwork, getaways and more.

Get a sneak peak of the prizes below!

  • Trip to Nashville! Includes…
    • 3-night stay at the Cambria Hotel right downtown
    • 2 passes for the Jack Daniels Bourbon Tour
    • 2 Passes to Country Music Hall of Fame
    • 2 Passes to Andrew Jackson Mansion
    • 2 Local restaurant gift cards
  • Evening at Gervasi Vineyards! Includes…
    • Room for the evening
    • Beautiful gift basket
  • Lady Luxury Package! Includes…
    • $50 gift card for Renewal by Rose (massage or facial)
    • $25 gift card for Hair by Fel
    • $50 gift card Hair by Jen with product
    • Sweets By Lynn Bakery Basket which includes strudels, lady locks and cookies
    • $50 gift card for Save Your Skin Tans
  • Stemless Tiffany Wine Glasses (set of 2). Includes 2 bottles of wine!
  • Akron Brew Tour! Includes…
    • $50 gift card for Akronym Brewing
    • $50 gift card for Lock 15 Brewing
    • $20 gift card for R Shea Brewing, beer koozie and 4-pack to take with you!
    • $40 gift card for Missing Falls Brewery
    • $25 gift card for Missing Mountain Brewing Co., a branded mask, patch and t-shirt
    • And a $50 gift card for Uber to get home safely!

Thanks to Ignite Brewing for providing apparel for this gift as well! 


  • House Facelift! Includes…
    • House cleaning
    • Spring cleanup and mulch for your yard
    • Labor to install a new kitchen and laundry backsplash
  • Family photography session
  • Family Fun Package! Includes…
    • Family membership to the Akron Zoo with a lion stuffed animal keepsake
    • Family membership to the Akron Children’s Museum
    • Admission for family of 4 to Memphis Kiddie Park
    • 4 passes to Urban Air
    • 4 All Day passes to Rinky Dink
    • Screen Suites pass for 4 to screen a movie and have free appetizers
    • Majestic Meadows Alpaca Boutique admission for 4 with a feed and Alpaca-opoly
    • Tennis racquet and pass to Towpath Tennis Club and 1-month of children;s session beginner tennis lessons
  • A wreath for every season – Beautiful, handcrafted front door wreaths to celebrate all the seasons of the year

Featured Artwork:
Painting by Dennis Kleidon