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 December 1, 2019 and January 19, 2021.


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

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

Mrs. Ann Brennan
Kittie Clarke
Mark and Theresa Lerner
Dr. and Mrs. Charlie and Therese Peter
Guy and Renée Pipitone
Jim and Linda Venner

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE ($6,000 – $9,999)

Sue Jeppesen Gillman
Herb and Dianne Newman
Ernie and Mary Kay Pouttu
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schooley 
Carol Vandenberg
Christopher Wilkins

ORCHESTRA CIRCLE ($3,000 – $5,999)

Kathryn Booth
Bruce and Jackie Davey
Howard Greene
Mary Beth Kluge
Stan and Roberta Marks
Dan and Lorraine Nelson
Janeth K. Pifer
Darwin Steele
Michael and Elizabeth Taipale
Harold White

($1,500 – $2,999)

Drs. Mark and Sandy Auburn
Roland and Mary Bauer
Sandy Becker-Neidert
Thomas and Karen Clark
Tom and Barb Crookes
Barry Dunaway
Elizabeth K. Eastman
Bruce and Elizabeth Fahey
Richard L. Farkas Family
Dr. and Mrs. Robert* and
     Charlotte Hamor
Dr. and Mrs. Tom and
     Mary Ann Jackson
James and Maureen Kovach
John and Sara Lerner
Dr. Susan M. Merzweiler
Ed Metzger
Dr. Melodie Morgan Minott
Pat and Ken Nilsestuen
Bill and Cara Nolan
Mr. and Mrs. Bryon Palitto
Roger Read and Sally Miller
Kurt and Katie Reed
Cynthia Reynolds, Ph.D.
Rick and Alita Rogers
Todd and Diane Rosenberg
Dr. Pamela Rupert
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
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wagner
Marc and Julie Weagraff
Virginia Wojno-Forney
John and Stephanie York
Donna Zabel

CONCERTO ($600 – $1,499)

Anonymous (2)
Dr. and Mrs. D.P. Agamanolis
Jim and Barbara Bernard
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Berni
Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Bethem
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Beyer
Linda Bunyan
Louis and Susan Burnoski
Dr. Sally Childs
Frederica Cohen
Steve and Jane Comunale
Michael and Debi Coudriet
Robert and Laura Culp
Howard and Johnette Curry
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Frutchey
Joseph Gains and
     Wendy Turrell Gains
Robert and Sharon Gandee
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris III
Jerry and Nancy Irby
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jarrett
George and Mary Leuca
Mr. and Mrs. William Lowery
Jill Bacon Madden
John and Mary Margida
George and Mary Marg Marquis
Joan Marsh
John and Meg Matejkovic
Andrew F. Messner
Natalie Miahky
Charles and Laura Monroe
Mrs. Jo Ann Oelschlager
Anthony and Susan Paparella
Earla Patterson
William and Rebecca Quinn
Mr. and Mrs. John Rohrer
Mrs. Lola Rothmann*
Larry and Vicky Ryba Family Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Richey Smith
Drs. Frederick and Elizabeth Specht
Diana Stewart and Mo Darwish
Aileen Thong
André Thornton, Jr.
Mrs. Linda Van Fossen
E. J. and Sharon Watson
Jane Weingart
James Wilding
David and Ann Williams

SONATA ($200 – $599)

Myles and Karen Abbott
Mr. and Mrs. John Bader
The Stewart-Bates Family
Dr. and Mrs. William Bauman
John Bee
Joan Booth
Margarete Boschert
Lydia Bozeman
Jerry and Judi Brenner
Joshua Bullock
Larry Burns
Maria Cody
Cynthia Maglione Coleman
Lucas Crocker
Lon Cseplo
Tracie and Jerry D’Antonio
Elizabeth Davis
Gary and Deborah Davis
Edward Delaria
Wendy Deters-Grant
Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Dowe
Mr. and Mrs. William Dowling
Ann Duff
Faye Dykstra
Barbara Eaton
Mrs. Jerilynn Ferguson
Harvey Finkle
Barbara, Scott and Martha Finlay
Philip Foster
Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Foster Jr.
Mrs. Suzanne Frutchey
Mrs. Jean Gadd
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Gaebel
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
Ronald and Christine Hawes
Loren and Donna Hazelwood
Scott and Joani Hedderick
Dr. James Helmuth
Allan and Roseanne Henderson
Jay Hershey
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Hoff
Arnold C. Hosbach
Diane and Peter Inglin
Mr. and Mrs. John Jarrett
Tracy Jensen and
Jonathan Cooperman
Lia Evans-Jones
Donna Joseph
Megan Karges
Karen Karis
James Kelly
Dr. & Mrs. Gerhard Kunze
Ray Labuda and Susan Hoyt
Carl and Quinne Lane
Stephen and Catherine Leuenberger
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Liesem
Erik and Janice Lindstrom
Jeff and Jane Litz
Carolyn Mackey
Jenny Magistrelli
Mr. and Mrs. John McBride
Jim and Peggy McClusky
Bill and Ginny Melver
Dr. and Mrs. Francis Mencl
President and Mrs. Gary Miller
Mr. & Mrs. John Miller
Robert and Maribeth Modney
Sophia Morton
Roger and Martha Nelson
Dr. Alfred Nicely
Christopher and Andrea Niekamp
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Noble
Sean and Nancy O’Connor
Joseph Palmiero
Ingrid Palmiero-Massel
Vera Patera-Mullen
Timothy Pelletreau
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Pera
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Petit
Michael and Beth Piglia
Steve Pinard
Lucia and Joseph Pileggi
Antha Poleondakis
Brad and Mary Ellen Porcella
Kenneth Preston
Gail Pytel
Alex Quay
Dr. Roger Ream
Marge and Don Rearick
Elmer and June Refine
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reitz III
Julie Robbins
Robert Rohr
Mrs. Beth Rothmann Rusnak
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Russell
AnnaMarie Schellin
Dr. Richard Schwartz
Jane and Andy Schweitzer
Joel and Betty Siegfried
William and Karen Silver
Hedy Simmons
Larry and Cyndee Snider
Dan Steurer
Gregory and Laurelynn Taylor
Ann and Tom Usher
Helen Vawter
Mrs. Lavonne Voelz
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Waltz
Clayton and Carol Weitzel
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wilkins
David and Stacia Yaniglos
Laverne Yousey
Roger Zahab
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 for playing an important role in the work we do.

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