The Inaugural Champion Award Winner Betty Smith

The Champion Award is an honor bestowed by the Bluecoats organization to a member of the Northeast Ohio Community whose leadership and service to the community through the arts, culture, and/or community leadership disciplines has positively impacted the Northeast Ohio community.


Betty Smith Founder, Executive Director - En-Rich-Ment

Few members of the Canton community have had a greater impact on this community’s youth than Betty Smith. After an incredible career running a recovery home in Chicago for women and children, Betty’s “retirement” included founding, scaling, and operating

En-Rich-Ment of Stark County, a gem of an institution that provides free after school and weekend performing arts and life skills classes to the youth of our community


On any given day, Betty can be found administering the nonprofit, teaching the kids, or advocating for the benefit of En-Rich-Ment. It is hard to understate just how much Betty works to improve her community through this program and through advocacy for everyone’s quality of life in Canton, OH. Bluecoats is especially proud of Betty’s work leading the En-Rich-Ment drumline, and watching young kids flourish behind a drum.

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