Annual Fund - Akron Symphony Orchestra

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 Associate Director of Development Courtney Bonifant by email at, by phone at 330.535.8131 or visit the Support page of our website.

This list recognizes donors whose gifts were received between March 15, 2020 and July 8, 2021. 


Mrs. Ann Brennan
Ms. Hope Everhart*
Dr. Sandra Fishel*
Dr. Howard Greene
DuWayne and Dorothy Hansen
Dr. and Mrs. Charlie and Therese Peter

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

Kathryn Booth
Kittie Clarke
Kristine Frutchey Becker
Cynthia Knight
Mark and Theresa Lerner
Michael and Julia Pasternak
Guy and Renée Pipitone
Ernie and Mary Kay Pouttu
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schooley
Darwin Steele
Jim and Linda Venner
Dr. Harold White

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE ($6,000 – $9,999)

Sue Jeppesen Gillman
President and Mrs. Gary Miller
Herb and Dianne Newman
Patricia and Kenneth Nilsestuen
Dr. Cynthia Reynolds
Mr. David Scarponi
June Tan
Carol Vandenburg

ORCHESTRA CIRCLE ($3,000 – $5,999)

​Mrs. Ann Allan
Roland and Mary Bauer
Sandy Becker-Neidert
Thomas and Karen Clark
Tom and Barb Crookes
Bruce and Jackie Davey
Mr. Adam Foster
Tom Hutchison
Dr. and Mrs. Tom and Mary Ann Jackson
Mary Beth Kluge*
Mrs. Natalie Miahky
Mrs. Tina Mogen
Daniel and Lorraine Nelson
Mrs. Jo Ann Oelschlager
Roger and Sally Read
Rick and Alita Rogers
Fred and Karen Schreckengost
Jeana and Nathan Singleton
Michael and Elizabeth Taipale
Donna Valentine
Mr. and Mrs. John Vander Kooi
Christopher Wilkins

($1,500 – $2,999)

Drs. Mark and Sandy Auburn
Jill Bacon Madden
Mr. and Mrs. Todd and Alexandra Beyer
Linda Bunyan
Dr. Sally Childs
Frederica Cohen
Michael and Debi Coudriet
Robert and Laura Culp
Howard and Johnette Curry
Barry Dunaway
Elizabeth K. Eastman
Bruce and Elizabeth Fahey
Cynthia A. and Richard J. Flaksman
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Frutchey
Ed and Leslie Kissel
James and Maureen Kovach
John and Sara Lerner
Mr. and Mrs. William Libby
Ms. Orlene Makinson*
Mr. Stan Marks
Bill and Ginny Melver
Dr. Susan M. Merzweiler
Ed Metzger
Robert and Maribeth Modney
Bill and Cara Nolan
Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Palitto
Kurt and Katie Reed
Todd and Diane Rosenberg
Dr. Pamela Rupert
Neil and Carrie Schore
Mr and Mrs. Richey Smith
Drs. Fred and Elizabeth Specht
Francine Sylvis
Mrs. Linda Van Fossen
Mr. and Mrs. Marc and Julie Weagraff
David and Ann Williams
Mrs. Virginia Wojno – Forney
Donna Zabel

CONCERTO ($600 – $1,499)

Dr. and Mrs. D.P. Agamanolis
Anonymous (2)
John Bee
Eric Benjamin
Jim and Barbara Bernard
Martha Booth
Mr. Todd Brown
Louis and Susan Burnoski
Larry Burns
Gary and Deborah Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Nancy Del Bianco
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond DeMattia
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas DiNardo
Mr. and Mrs. William Dowling
The Family of Richard Farkas
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Foster Jr.
Joseph Gains and Wendy Turrell Gains
Robert and Sharon Gandee
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Gibson
John and Jennifer Graham
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris III
Jerry and Nancy Irby
Ray Labuda and Susan Hoyt
George and Mary Leuca
Stephen and Catherine Leuenberger
Mr. and Mrs. David Lieberth
Mr. and Mrs. William Lowery
Carolyn Mackey
Laura A Markley
George and Mary Marg Marquis
Joan Marsh
Charles and Laura Monroe
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Nance
Roger Nelson
Earla Patterson
William and Rebecca Quinn
Mrs. June Refine
Mr. and Mrs. John Rohrer
William and Karen Silver
Sam and Sandy Smith
Diane Stewart and Mo Darwish
Dr. Aileen Thong
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wagner
E. J. and Sharon Watson
Jane Weingart
Bob and Shari Whitfield
James Wilding
John and Stephanie York
Laverne Yousey
Maestro Ben Zander

SONATA ($200 – $599)

Mr. and Mrs. Mikki and Maher Atwah
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew and Elyssa Austerklein
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kurtz and Hilary Ayers-Kurtz
Mr. and Mrs. John Bader
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Waleskha Bailey
The Stewart-Bates Family
Dr. and Mrs. William Bauman
Mrs. Becky Benz
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Berni
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Bethem
Julia Rea Bianchi
Anne Biermann and David Perry
Joan Booth
Mrs. Margarete Boschert
Mr. Robert Briggs
Tallie Brunfelt
Joshua Bullock
Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Button
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Cajka
Mr. Robert Carlyon
Theresa Carter
Tony Cascaldo
Ms. Beverly Cinovec
Wanda Clark
Mr. James Cockey
Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Cohen
Steve and Jane Comunale
Lon Cseplo
Mr. Harloe Cutler
Tracie and Jerry D’Antonio
Ms. Elizabeth Davis
Wendy Deters-Grant
Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Dowe
Ann Duff
Ms. Laraine Duncan
Mrs. Faye Dykstra
Lia Evans-Jones
Mrs. Jerilynn Ferguson
Dr. Andrew Focks and Kimia Ghaderi
Mr. and Mrs. Steve France
Rev. and Mrs. Mark Frey
Mrs. Suzanne Frutchey*
Mrs. Jean Gadd
Dr. and Mr. Robert Gaebel
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gaebelein
Mr. and Mrs. George and Judy Gaiser
Robert and Irene Genet
Ted and Teresa Good
Mrs. Toby Gorant
Judith Grillo
Mrs. Charlotte Hamor
Martha Hancock
Gary and Marcella Hansel
Robert and Marilyn Hansen
Mr. and Mrs. William Hartz
Ronald and Christine Hawes
Michael Hayes
Scott and Joani Hedderick
Allan and Roseanne Henderson
Jay Hershey
Arnold C. Hosbach
Robin Houston
Diane and Peter Inglin
Mr. and Mrs. Ken and Marti Johnson
Megan Karges
Karen Karis
Dr. and Mrs. C. William Keck
Mr. Walter Keith
David Klaben
Jessica and Stan Korzhiletskiy
Ms. Lisa Lazar
Andrew Leask
Katie Lee
Mr. Jack Madden
Steve and Jeannine Marks
John and Meg Matejkovic
Mr. and Mrs. John McBride
Mr. John McKenzie
Ms. Nancy McKnight
Ms. Christine McMasters
Andrew F. Messner
Ms. Patricia Millhoff
Dr. Melodie Morgan Minott
Deborah Monaco
Sophia Morton
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Myricks
Mr. and Mrs. David and Karen Nevergall
Dr. Alfred Nicely
Dr. and Mrs. Forrest and Sarah Norman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert and Pamela Novak
Sean and Nancy O’Connor
Joseph Palmiero
Ingrid Palmiero-Massel
Jonathon Pavloff
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pera
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Petit
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth and Katherine Petrey
Lucia and Joseph Pileggi
Steve Pinard
Brad and Mary Porcella
Richard and Barbara Porter
Ronald and H. Jean Powell
Gail Pytel
Alex Quay
Roger Ream, DDS
Marge and Don Rearick
Ms. Catherine Reilly
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reitz III
Julie Robbins
Robert Rohr
Max and Beverly Rothal
Mrs. Beth Rothmann Rusnak
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Russell
Janet Ryan
AnneMarie Schellin
Dr. Richard M. Schwartz
Mr. Richard Shirey
Ms. Hedy Simmons
Larry and Cyndee Snider
Dan Steurer
Steven Swedler
James Switzer and Gretchen Laatsch
Shomola Tambyraja
Gregory and Laurelynn Taylor
Marie Tuccillo
Ann and Tom Usher
Eda Valentin
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Valentine
Mrs. Lavonne Voelz
Richard* Beverly Waltz
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton and Carol Weitzel
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wilkins
Ziyi Wu
Mr. Roger Zahab
Mr. and 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 for playing an important role in the work we do.

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