Annual Fund

As a not-for-profit IRS Section 501(c)(3) organization, ASO/GAMA is committed to providing the highest quality experience at a reasonable rate. Because ticket revenue does not cover all our operating costs, Akron Symphony Orchestra depends on unrestricted Annual Fund contributions to help close the gap between the income generated by ticket sales and the true cost of performing our concerts and presenting a wide array of education outreach programs.

There are three convenient ways to make your Annual Fund donation:

Contributing to the Annual Fund enables you to provide ongoing support to the Greater Akron Musical Association and the Akron Symphony Orchestra year after year. Gifts at every level are appreciated.

  • Donors that give $200 or more receive recognition in our My Symphony magazine and program guide.
  • Donors that give $1,500 or more receive invitations to post-concert patron receptions.
  • Sponsorship benefits begin at the $2,500 level.

If you have questions about your giving options, contact the Symphony office at 330.535.8131.


The Akron Symphony Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the following donors who have contributed $200 or more to our organization. Each and every gift supports the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Symphony, Akron Youth Philharmonic, Akron Symphony Chorus, Gospel Meets Symphony, and education and outreach programming.

To join this group of music lovers and community leaders, please contact Development Manager Kimia Ghaderi at 330.535.8131 or visit the Support page of our website.

This list recognizes donors whose gifts were received between September 1, 2019 and October 12, 2020.


Akron Symphony Guild
Richard and Yvonne Hamlin
DuWayne and Dorothy Hansen
Cynthia Knight
Michael and Julia Pasternak

BENEFACTOR’S CIRCLE ($10,000 – $19,999)

Mark and Theresa Lerner
Guy and Renée Pipitone
Darwin Steele

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE ($6,000 – $9,999)

Kittie Clarke
Cynthia A. and Richard J. Flaksman
Sue Jeppesen Gillman
Ernie and Mary Kay Pouttu
Jim and Linda Venner
Christopher Wilkins

ORCHESTRA CIRCLE ($3,000 – $5,999)

Kathryn Booth
Howard Greene
Mary Beth Kluge
Dan and Lorraine Nelson
Herb and Dianne Newman
Dr. and Mrs. Charlie and Therese Peter
Janeth K. Pifer
Cynthia Reynolds, Ph.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schooley
Carol Vandenberg

($1,500 – $2,999)

Drs. Mark and Sandy Auburn
Roland and Mary Bauer
Sandy Becker-Neidert
Thomas and Karen Clark
Tom and Barb Crookes
Elizabeth K. Eastman
Dr. and Mrs. Tom and Mary Ann Jackson
James and Maureen Kovach
John and Sara Lerner
Stan and Roberta Marks
Jill Bacon Madden
Dr. Susan M. Merzweiler
Ed Metzger
Pat and Ken Nilsestuen
Bill and Cara Nolan
Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Palitto
Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Puskas Jr.
Roger Read and Sally Miller
Kurt and Katie Reed
Todd and Diane Rosenberg
The Scarponi Family
Neil and Carrie Schore
Fred and Karen Schreckengost
Jeana and Nathan Singleton
June Tan
Donna Valentine
Mr. and Mrs. John Vander Kooi
Marc and Julie Weagraff
Donna Zabel

CONCERTO ($600 – $1,499)

Jim and Barbara Bernard
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Berni
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Bethem
Dr. Sally Childs
Frederica Cohen
Michael and Debi Coudriet
Robert and Laura Culp
Howard and Johnette Curry
Bonnie* and Fred Damerow
Barry Dunaway
Bruce and Elizabeth Fahey
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Frutchey
Robert and Sharon Gandee
Dr. and Mrs. Robert* and Charlotte Hamor
Jerry and Nancy Irby
Larry and Vicky Ryba Family Fund
Benny and Jane Leonard
George and Mary Leuca
Mr. and Mrs. William Lowery
John and Mary Margida
George and Mary Marg Marquis
Dr. Melodie Morgan Minott
Roger and Marth Nelson
Anthony and Susan Paparella
William and Rebecca Quinn
Mrs. Lola Rothmann*
Dr. Pamela Rupert
Mr. and Mrs. Richey Smith
Drs. Frederick and Elizabeth Specht
Michael and Elizabeth Taipale
Aileen Thong
André Thornton Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wagner
E. J. and Sharon Watson
Jane Weingart
Clayton and Carol Weitzel
David and Ann Williams
Virginia Wojno-Forney
John and Stephanie York

SONATA ($200 – $599)

Myles and Karen Abbott
Dr. and Mrs. D.P. Agamanolis
Dr. and Mrs. William Bauman
John Bee
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Beyer
Margarete Boschert
Lydia Bozeman
Linda Bunyan
Larry Burns
Maria Cody
Cynthia Maglione Coleman
Steve and Jane Comunale
Lucas Crocker
Gary and Deborah Davis
Edward Delaria
Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Dowe
Mr. and Mrs. William Dowling
Faye Dykstra
Richard L. Farkas Family
Mrs. Jerilynn Ferguson
Harvey Finkle
Barbara, Scott and Martha Finlay
Mrs. Suzanne Frutchey
Mrs. Jean Gadd
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gaebel
Joseph Gains and Wendy Turrell Gains
Robert and Irene Genet
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ghinder
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Gibson
Ted and Teresa Good
Mrs. Toby Gorant
John and Jennifer Graham
Judith Grillo
Martha Hancock
Gary and Marcy Hansel
Robert and Marilyn Hansen
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris III
Ronald and Christine Hawes
Loren and Donna Hazelwood
Dr. James Helmuth
Jay Hershey
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Hoff
Diane and Peter Inglin
Mr. and Mrs. John Jarrett
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jarrett
Tracy Jensen and Jonathan Cooperman
Kenneth and Marti Johnson
Lia Evans-Jones
Donna Joseph
Karen Karis
James Kelly
Ray Labuda and Susan Hoyt
Stephen and Catherine Leuenberger
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Liesem
Erik and Janice Lindstrom
Jeff and Jane Litz
Jenny Magistrelli
Joan Marsh
John and Meg Matejkovic
Jim and Peggy McClusky
Dr. and Mrs. Francis Mencl
Robert and Maribeth Modney
Charles and Laura Monroe
Sophia Morton
Dr. Alfred Nicely
Christopher and Andrea Niekamp
Drs. Robert and Pamela Novak
Sean and Nancy O’Connor
Joseph Palmiero
Ingrid Palmiero-Massel
Vera Patera-Mullen
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pera
Michael and Beth Piglia
Lucia and Joseph Pileggi
Antha Poleondakis
Brad and Mary Ellen Porcella
Kenneth Preston
Alex Quay
Elmer and June Refine
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reitz III
Julie Robbins
Robert Rohr
Mr. and Mrs. John Rohrer
AnnaMarie Schellin
Dr. Richard Schwartz
Jane and Andy Schweitzer
Joel and Betty Siegfried
Hedy Simmons
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Smith
Sam and Sandy Smith
Dan Steurer
Diana Stewart and Mo Darwish
Gregory and Laurelynn Taylor
Ann and Tom Usher
Helen Vawter
Mrs. Lavonne Voelz
Larry Wallerstein
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waltz
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wilkins
David and Stacia Yaniglos
Laverne Yousey
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Ziegler


We strive to make this list as accurate as possible. If we erred in the way your name is listed, please contact the ASO Development Office at 330.535.8131. Thank you playing an important role in the work we do.

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