ASO at the USO drew 200 people to Greystone Hall on Friday evening for the Akron Symphony’s Fanfare 2014. Terri Nass Reeder chaired the gala which featured a 1940s theme.
Reminiscent of the war effort, Reeder and Rita Amonett of the Vocon Design Firm collected aluminum cans to decorate in patriotic colors for red and white carnation centerpieces.
Judy Simon and Donna Valentine wore hats from Simon’s vintage hat collection, and Leianne Heppner and Alison First provided World War II uniforms, clothing and memorabilia from the collection of the Summit County Historical Society to add to the theme.
Guests sipped the signature drink, a vodka martini, while bidding on silent auction items. Placing their bids were: Joe and Debbie Zarconi, Mark and Jessica Shamp, Jim and Julie Pulk, Murphy and Patty Montler, Laura Lee Garfinkel, Colin Baker, William Teckmyer, and John and Sue Farren.
Upstairs in the Officers’ Club Debi D’Amico and Michael Coutriet greeted guests along with the symphony’s Executive Director Paul Jarrett. Liz Gage sold raffle tickets, and Brooks Ames conducted the live auction. Guy and Renee Pipitone had the winning bid for a tour of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, while Susan Flowers won the trip to Hawaii.
In the ballroom, transformed into a USO Club, Jason Hazen enjoyed the strolling dinner along with Norm and Ann Rericha, John Grafton, Donna Valentine, John and Diana Gayer, Jason Butterworth, Mark and Sandy Auburn, Rick Krochka and Steve Schmidt.
Chefs from the Knight Center prepared Bananas Foster for dessert along with French pastries, tarts and tortes.
Just as the USO supported troops during war, Nass Reeder thanked the crowd for supporting “our troops”: the musicians in the orchestra and youth orchestra.
Following dinner, the Akron Symphony Jazz Band provided music from the big band era for dancing.