The Women of WITAN’s Ball dazzled the crowd of 125 people Saturday night at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn with an evening of dining, dancing and a silent auction in their biggest fundraiser of the year.
Proceeds benefit WITAN’s Community Project Fund, which provides grant money and allocations to many local nonprofit organizations.
This year’s chair was Beth Fink.
“We have more items this year in the silent auction, from fine wine to diamonds,” said Fink.
The live auction included a week’s stay at a private estate on Banderas Bay in Bucerias, Mexico.
“I’m just so impressed at the amount of hours that are given back to the community and the wonderful friends I’ve made here,” Mary Ann Freedman said.
W.O.W. 2014 committee members were Doris Antal, Linda Banasiak, Margaret Cook, Marti Cowden, Katie Goodwin, Janice Hatch, Leslie Kissel, Kathy Moock, Carol Null, Kathy Ost, Linda Shippy and Dolores Zuder.
WITAN President Barbara Gerber and President-elect Debra Faber-Cailor were recognized for their efforts.
Marti Cowden and her husband, Gerry, enjoyed time with friends. Judy Thomas, a past WITAN president, flew in from Florida to attend the gala.
“This group fills a gap that no one else does in the community,” Thomas said.
Copley residents Tracie Baumgardner and Denise Graf chatted with David Fish and Jennifer Alder. Ray and Sherrie Kimberly have been involved with WITAN for more than 35 years.
Jeff Wilhite’s organization Family Promise joined other nonprofits to thank the audience for their support over the years.
Mary Ann Walter brought her mother, Patricia O’Brien, as her guest.
“I like that this is a formal event that brings our group together,” Pamela Lightner said.