Premier event planned to benefit Kirby Mill


2:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Friends of Richfield Heritage Preserve are holding a One in a MILL-ion Centennial Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2:30-7:30 p.m. to honor the legacy of inventor James Kirby and to raise funds for the restoration of the iconic Kirby Mill. More than $200,000 has already been spent on the mill rehabilitation, but an estimated $300,000 is still needed to complete the effort.

The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of Kirby’s construction of the mill, which he designed and constructed to generate electricity for his home and workshop, where he designed products for which he received over 150 patents.  

Akron-area philanthropists Thom and Lisa Mandel are the event honorary chairs. Thom is CEO of Akron’s Rubber City Radio Group and serves on the board of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters. The Akron area recognized the Mandels for their leadership and generosity to the community at the 2015 Paradise Under the Stars event, hosted by the Jewish Akron Organization. They have served as board chairs of United Way and they volunteer for Bath Volunteers for Service, WITAN and other non-profit organizations.

The One in a MILL-ion Celebration is an adults-only festivity with a live auction, open bar and catering provided by Hofbrauhaus. Northcoast Americana band Hey Mavis will perform. Attire is casual and seating is limited. Reservations are $100 per person and may be purchased, beginning Sept. 6, until sold out, through the Friends website,

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