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Spring Gala 2019

April 27 at 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Reserve your 2019 Spring Gala table to join us for a special night in support of the Akron Symphony Orchestra.


Spring Gala 2019


April 27
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$150 – $1200
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E.J. Thomas Hall
198 Hill Street
Akron, OH 44325 United States
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Join us on the stage at E.J. Thomas Hall on April 27, 2019, for the annual Spring Gala to benefit the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, a delectable dinner, and live entertainment from Theron Brown and Friends! We’ll have an auction filled with something that everyone will want to bid on, and the best part is that all proceeds support the Orchestra’s mission to enrich Northeast Ohio through entertaining music and innovative community outreach programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Online ticket sales for this event have closed. If you would like to attend the Gala, please contact Development Manager Kimia Ghaderi by email at kimia@akronsymphony.org or by phone at 330.535.8131.

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Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is now open for bidding! Please visit our auction site online to view the items and register to start bidding! You may also text akron19 to 52182 to register and begin bidding on your favorite items. Good luck!

Live Auction

Tour of Auto Museum at Jones Group Interiors and Lunch for Ten: You and nine of your friends will enjoy a unique opportunity to tour one of the most impressive private collections of vintage automobiles and memorabilia in the country. This unique collection includes every example of historic cars imaginable and thousands of items from by-gone days. Wander at your leisure and relax with a casual lunch for ten served in the museum. Donated by Jones Group Interiors

One Year of Music Lessons: Trillium Schools of Music is thrilled to provide one year of music education to one generous Akron Symphony donor! Lessons can be taken at Fairlawn School of Music or Hudson School of Music. Options for teachers include vocalist Helen Welch, percussionist Mark Gonder and ASO violinist Sarah Husak. Donated by Trillium Schools of Music

Asheville Getaway with Biltmore and Brewery Tours:  Enjoy a 7-night stay for up to 4 people in a 1920s’ three-bed, one-bath bungalow in Asheville, N.C. Package includes a $200 gift certificate for the Biltmore Estate, a tour for 4 of local breweries, and a $20 gift certificate for French Broad Chocolates. Dates subject to availability. Must be redeemed by April 2020. Donated by Aaron and Ashley Hoschar

Cozumel Vacation Home: Off to sun and fun!  Escape Northeast Ohio to the beautiful white sand beaches of Cozumel, Mexico. Your package includes one week of accommodations in a spacious two-bedroom condo just steps from the ocean (view photos here), plus tips on the best places to eat and how to explore the local sights. Dig out your bathing suit and don’t forget the sunscreen! Condo is available May 1 through December 15, 2019, and April 15 through December 14, 2020. Donated by Dr. Todd and Alexandra Beyer

Boston Visit: Two-night stay with Benjamin Zander and Christopher Wilkins at Maestro Zander’s historic home on Brattle Street in Cambridge, just blocks from Harvard Square. Possible events to schedule during your visit include boating down the Charles, (“Captain Zander” at the helm,) docking at Boston’s Hatch Memorial Shell to hear the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Christopher Wilkins conducting). Coffee and conversation in Maestro Zander’s English Garden is an experience not to be missed. Christopher and Ben are waiting to welcome you to Boston and help you plan a memorable weekend. Dates and details to be worked out with Christopher Wilkins. Donated by Benjamin Zander and Christopher Wilkins

Conduct the Akron Symphony Holiday Pops: Shine at the Holiday Pops as guest conductor of winter’s anthem Sleigh Ride. Bring up to nine guests to watch you be the maestro for the night as you conduct Sleigh Ride at the Akron Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays Concert on Friday, December 13, at E.J. Performing Arts Thomas Hall. You’ll receive star treatment during your experience, including valet parking and prime seats to the concert. Once you arrive, you and your guests will be escorted on an exclusive backstage tour. At intermission, you’ll be treated to dessert and beverages in the Green Room. You’ll be prepared for the big event with a private conducting lesson by Maestro Christopher Wilkins and we’ll send you home after the experience with a commemorative Mollard baton, custom made and engraved with your name and the date, and a copy of the Sleigh Ride score signed by the entire Akron Symphony Orchestra. Donated by the Akron Symphony Orchestra

Goodyear Blimp Ride for Two: A flight in the Goodyear Blimp offers an unmatched view of Akron and a memorable experience that can’t be replicated. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join a very elite club of aerial travelers! Donated by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Grand Finale: Raise the Paddle and Special Prize


Thank you to the following for their sponsorship of the 2019 Spring Gala.

Presenting Sponsors

FirstEnergy Foundation
GOJO Industries

Gold Sponsors

Mike & Julia Pasternak
Roetzel & Andress

Table Sponsors

Akron Symphony Guild
Apple Growth Partners
Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
The Rev. Thomas Baumgardner
Brouse McDowell, LPA
Burns & McDonnell
Mark and Theresa Lerner
Lorenzon Law, LLC
Laura Steffey Moss and Eric Moss
NMG Aerospace
Novus Clinic
Guy and Renée Pipitone
The Reitz, Sinar, Leuenberger and Marsh Families
Steinway Gallery
Trillium Schools of Music
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Program Sponsor

Clampco Products, Inc.


Linda and Dan Angotti
William Anstine
Frederica Cohen
Edward and Leslie Kissel
Carol Vandenberg

A very special thank you to the following who made financial donations to the 2019 Spring Gala:

Elizabeth Eastman
Bober Markey Federovich
DuWayne and Dottie Hansen
Dr. and Mrs. William Keck
Edward and Leslie Kissel
Eric and Nancy McClenaghan
Kosta and Sophia Papich
Petit Auto Wash
Don and Connie Roulet
Jeana and Nathan Singleton

Gala Committee

Theresa Petit-Lerner, Chair
Renée Pipitone, Co-Chair
Jamie Gellner
Kimia Ghaderi
Rachel Huch
Paul Jarrett
Thomas Moore
Margo Ohlson
Michael Pasternak
Katie Carver Reed
Donna Zabel

Official Photographer

Photography for the Spring Gala will be provided by Vicki Lantz Photography. Learn more at Vicki’s website.

Did You Know?

The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s annual Gala supports the Orchestra’s mission to enrich Northeast Ohio through entertaining music and innovative community outreach programs, including Concerts for Kids, Link Up, Akron Youth Orchestras, and mentoring music students at Akron North High School.