Follow the yellow brick road and be a part of Project Ed Bear's 22nd Annual Gala Auction benefitting local children with cancer Nov. 28 at the Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway in Akron from 5 to 9 p.m. Top Sponsors for this year's Gala include Presenting Sponsor Serpentini; Host Sponsor, Frances Yates Bittle in memory of Ed Bittle; Platinum Sponsors, Akron Children's Hospital and First Energy Foundation; and Diamond Sponsors, The Office Place, Seal Master Corp. and Summa Health System.

The Gala Auction is Project Ed Bear's signature annual fundraiser, taking place the first Monday evening after Thanksgiving. Attendees will meet some of the children who are involved with the organization and watch them walk the red carpet to receive their Outstanding Bravery awards.

"These children are truly our VIPS for the evening and the Gala Auction is our opportunity to put the spotlight on them as the heroes they are while we continue to create awareness for Project Ed Bear." said Susan Summerville, co-founder, Project Ed Bear. "We're particularly excited for the event this year and look forward to creating the magical Emerald City for one evening right here in Akron."

Tickets for the Project Ed Bear Gala Auction are available now and are $30. To reserve seats, visit the Project Ed Bear website at and click on the Gala Auction tab.

For more information on Project Ed Bear, visit or @ProjectEdBear on Twitter.

Project Ed Bear is a 22-year-old 501c3 not-for-profit all volunteer organization with a mission is to provide comforts and needs to children suffering from cancer throughout Northeastern Ohio. Ninety eight percent of the work is done for and through children at Akron Children's Hospital and Akron Children's Hospital of Mahoning County.

Founded in 1994, Project Ed Bear was started by then 11-year-old Ede Bittle and his mother, Susan Summerville, after Ede was fortunate enough to receive a non cancerous diagnoses from bone tumors that had been discovered all over his body. Inspired by his experience, seeing children suffering from cancer during his hospital stay and having known what it was like to face the fear of the possibility of cancer, the two set out to help those who were not so lucky.

Project Ed Bear continues to make an impact by joining in the care of hundreds of children suffering from this disease.