Theater supporters were the stars of the show at the 29th annual I Love Weathervane fundraiser Saturday night at the Weathervane Playhouse lobby.
Dr. Steven Schmidt, the chief operating officer of Summa Foundation, was the honorary chair for the evening.
Proceeds benefit Weathervane’s operating fund and its work of providing life-enhancing artistic experiences to all ages.
Lucy Randles showed the 150 guests the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel-Bichon puppy donated by Pets Pajamas available to the highest bidder. Jeff Bixby greeted guests at the door, including long-time supporter Ian Haberman, Lisa Mancini, Steve Williams, Fran Albrecht and Margaret Dietz.
Dietz said, “I started coming here when I took my first child to acting class and now it has become like family to me.”
Frank Castorena said, “Each table has a prop from one of the shows at the Weathervane.”
Some of the prop centerpieces included an old phone and a typewriter.
Wendy Grugle said, “I’m interested in getting to know the theater.” Her husband, Shane Seymour, agreed.
Also mingling in the crowd were Keith Campbell, Janis Harcar, Jon Fiume, Lisa and Eric Mansfield, Michael Gaffney, and Madeline and Libert Bozzelli.
“I’m looking forward to bidding on some of the nice jewelry in the silent auction,” said Nancy Gaffga, who attended with her brother, David Jesse.
“I’ve been on the board for several years and I really like working with some of our backstage people,” said Jack Steele, who attended with his wife, Jeanne Steele.
Melanie Korman Roddy and her husband, Chris Roddy, appreciate all that the theater has to offer. Melanie said, “I love the place that theater has in our community and how it brings quality to Akron.”