About the Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is “Promoting the Quality of Life in the City of Fairlawn,” a most worthy and admirable goal. The FCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit so all donations are tax deductible. Because of the support of individuals and businesses like yours, the Foundation has been able to provide the community with a Fourth of July parade and fireworks display for the past four consecutive years. The Foundation will continue to work on other projects that will improve the quality of life in the community.

Thank You

Thank you very much for your generous gift  to the Fairlawn Community Foundation. For income tax purposes, let me confirm that no goods or services were given in exchange for this gift.

I truly appreciate your generosity and your commitment to our community. George Bernard Shaw once said “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can”.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and especially those who will benefit from your gift to the Fairlawn Community Foundation, thank you. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are very much appreciated.




Gary L. Himmel

Board of Directors

Gary L. Himmel


Gary L. Himmel, Esq. has been President of the Fairlawn Community Foundation for 5 years. He is married to Ilona. They have 3 adult sons, Paul, Steven and Keith. Mr. Himmel has an active law practice in Ohio and has also appeared in cases around the country for various clients during his 35 years of practice.

Edward Holland

Edward Holland attended Walsh Jesuit High School (WJHS), and holds a BS Business in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He is the President of Capital Business Resources, Inc. of Akron. Other community involvement include; Treasurer of Notre Dame Club of Akron, WJHS Finance Committee and a member of the Fairlawn Country Club. He is married and has three children.

Barbara Potts


Barbara Potts has been a Fairlawn resident for over thirty-three years and Ward 2 Council person for the City of Fairlawn since 2004. She is one of the founding members of the Foundation and current treasurer. Barbara graduated from Kansas State University, taught at Delta College in Michigan and was bookkeeper in her husband’s business for seventeen years. She has four adult children and eight grandchildren.

Thomas Luck

Board Member
Tom is the owner of four Lucky Shoes stores, two Stride Rite booteries, nine New Balance stores and one SAS comfort shoes concept store. Tom belongs to the Fairlawn Area Chamber of Commerce, is involved with the American Heart Association where he founded the Heart Walk of Akron, and active with Stewarts Caring Place, a local organization for support of cancer patients and their caregivers.

Judy Gerdes

Board Member
Judy Gerdes has been an area realtor for thirty-four years. She is an adjunct professor at Hondros College. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Venezuela. Her other civil involvements include; Master Gardner, WITAN, Fairlawn Park and Recreation Board member and Acting Director of the Akron Zoo. Judy is married to Charles Gerdes. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Dean Phillips

Board Member
Dean Phillips, General Manager of Summit Manager. Dean is an Ohio State University graduate and NE Ohio native. He’s a 20+ year veteran of the real estate industry with considerable experience in property and construction management.


Over the past six years, since its inception, the Fairlawn Community Foundation has been able to achieve the following accomplishments with the help from your generous donations:
  • Fireworks/Parade Sponsored for the past 6 years
  • Gasp (Guardians Advocating Child Safety And Protection) Grant – (2014 – 2017)
  • Fairlawn City Garden Club Grant – Beautification Program (2014 – 2017)
  • Lacrosse Goals Purchased For The City Of Fairlawn Parks And Recreation Department (2013)
  • Sign For Soap Box Derby Participant (2013)
  • Boy Scout Troop #380 Normandy Trip Grant (2014)
  • Logo Scholarship (2014)
  • War of 1812 meals for re-enactors (2014)

We couldn’t have done this without the support of generous donors. In order for the FCF to continue to make a difference in the community, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.


Fairlawn Community Foundation would like to THANK our major sponsors for the presentation of this year's fireworks!


Rising Rocket

Air Bomb

Mayor Bill & Jolene Roth

Gary & Ilona Himmel

Gerald & Barbara Potts

R. Bryan Nace, Attorney at Law