January Winner Announced for Celebrating OUR Citizens Initiative

Congratulations go out to Barb Sternberg the creator and founder of Rise In Love a charitable center for those in need here in North Royalton. Her efforts as noted below make her our first monthly winner of Celebrating OUR Citizens here in North Royalton.

Lisa Bargmann, owner of the Holistic Halo Salt Spa and nominator had this to say: “She is just a selfless, giving person who truly wants to help people, and the work she does is an inspiration. She is also a good friend to everybody.”

Barbara Sternberg, President of Rise in Love, North Royalton resident and recipient: She was humbled by this recognition but said it is a team effort. “This is a great honor, but it’s all because of Rise in Love. I’m surrounded by such amazing people through Rise in Love, who work hard to get things done. I am so happy, this is just a great honor.”

In 2021, Rise in Love served 31,246 people living right here in our communities as a direct result of donations. The program ended up distributing 382,000 pounds of food and 7,600 hot meals in 2021. Both programs are set to grow in 2022, and with enough support and volunteers, food distributions are projected to break 500,000 pounds of food and hot meals are projected to exceed 15,000 served. For more information about Rise in Love, visit www.RiseinLoveCenter.org.

Tracy Marx, Howard Hanna: “I’m proud to sponsor this very worthy initiative, which shines the spotlight on not only deserving individuals, but also our North Royalton businesses, as each winner is presented with a gift card to a North Royalton business. It’s just another way to support and lift up our local community.”

Mayor Larry Antoskiewicz: “I’m really excited about this recognition program. We have so many well deserving businesses and residents within the city, and I’m thankful to Tracy Marx for stepping up with the gift certificates every month. I am looking forward to continuing the program and recognizing more worthy residents and businesses within our community.”

Currently we are seeking additional nominees for next month and beyond. You can nominate residents, students, businesses and organizations who have played a role in building a better North Royalton through good deeds and kind acts for our citizens. Nominations now being accepted at the link below.


Thank you. Celebrating OUR Citizens is a program developed by Mayor Antoskiewicz, Town Planner and Tracy Marx, Howard Hanna.