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A gem of a gift


Ed Hrabak, president of Sterling Jewelers, looks at the building as the banner announcing the Kay Jewelers Pavilion is unveiled before the gathered guests.

On Oct. 24, Akron Children’s Hospital announced the name of its new medical building on the Akron campus: the Kay Jewelers Pavilion.

The new building was named in recognition of Kay® Jewelers continued support and recent $10 million gift toward the “Building on the Promise” capital campaign. The gift is the largest in Akron Children’s history.

Kay® Jewelers is operated by Akron, Ohio-based Sterling Jewelers, a Division of Signet Jewelers Ltd., the largest specialty retail jeweler in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.


More than 80 guests attended the celebration, which was highlighted by the official announcement of the building name and remarks from leadership at both organizations, including Sterling Jewelers President Ed Hrabak and Akron Children’s President and CEO Bill Considine.

“I’m so proud that Sterling Jewelers is supporting Akron Children’s,” said Hrabak. “Together, we will continue to make a difference for our children and the children in our community.”

“Sterling’s generosity is an example of how local businesses can support the hospital, which enables us to continue serving the patients here in our own backyard,” said Considine .


During the event, Hannah Seigfried, a Sterling Jewelers team member, shared the story of her family’s experience at Akron Children’s – where her daughter, Sariah, born prematurely at 29 weeks, was treated.

Joined by her now 9-month old daughter, Hannah recounted how the family benefited from the care and compassion that they found at Akron Children’s during Sariah’s 87-day stay.

“We’ve have definitely had a few bumps in the road, but I feel very blessed for having Akron Children’s Hospital,” said Seigfried. “I have a very healthy, almost 9-month-old thanks to this hospital.”

Since 2012, the $60 million “Building on the Promise” capital campaign has helped to finance a major expansion of the hospital’s Akron campus. Akron Children’s officially broke ground on the new medical building in May 2013.


Hannah Seigfried, with her ten-month-old daughter Sariah Boyer, was among the Sterling Jewelers employees who attended the event.

When it opens in May 2015, it will house a NICU, emergency department, outpatient surgery center, and labor and delivery unit for high-risk newborns. This initiative has also supported the renovation and expansion of the Ronald McDonald House of Akron. In addition to Kay Jewelers Pavilion, the new café in the building will also be called the Kay Kafé.

“This wonderful gift is a true testament and reflective of the outstanding corporate citizen Sterling is in this community,” said Philip Maynard, chairman of the “Building on the Promise” capital campaign. “They and their many team members personify the meaning of giving back to the community, where they live and work, by giving of their time, their talent and their treasure. Children’s has certainly benefited immeasurably from our partnership and collaboration with Sterling, and I’m certain our journey together will continue for many years to come.”