Betty O’Neill-Roderick

A little rain didn’t dampen the Bikini Bash, held at Greystone Hall on Friday evening.

Patricia Jolly chaired the musical beach party that raised funds for Actors’ Summit theater. Ellen Otto thanked Tony Troppe for generously lending the covered patio for the event that featured dinner, silent and live auctions and a performance of The Bikinis. The Lisle M. Buckingham Fund, Den and Mary Rich and Walgreens were sponsors of the event.

Bob Jones brought a collection of cars from the ’50s and ’60s to add to the party scene, while Kay Kocher and Sarabeth Emberger gave guests sunglasses and sunscreen.

Amanda Boyd and Misty Pachta offered a signature drink — Jamaican Rum Punch — while Menches Catering served a picnic supper at the beach. Micah Sonntag was ready in his lifeguard uniform, but fortunately no guests needed his assistance at the kiddie pools.

Neil Thackaberry and MaryJo Alexander, Actors’ Summit co-artistic directors for the past 13 years, greeted their many friends and supporters, and noted the theater has been presenting shows at Greystone Hall for almost three years.

“It’s good to be back in Akron,” Thackaberry said. They were joined by their daughters, Constance and Sasha, Sasha’s husband Peter Voinovich, and Arleen Jarrett, who came from Michigan for the event.

Christine Thomas was assisted by Gary Grether and Eric Kugler in setting up the silent auction of gift baskets and beach accessories. Placing their bids were Toby Gorant, Francis Seiberling Buchholzer, Dave Lieberth, Michael and Holly Wheeler, Karl Wilhelm, Max Wendel, Stan and Phyllis Martin, and John and Cyndee Debo.

Marie Covington and Lynne Lieberth wished each other happy birthday, since they share a birthday. Also celebrating birthdays at the party were Libby Upton, Linda Dambrowsky and Luann Spaethe. Tom and Anne Samal came from Wheeling, W.Va., to join their daughter, Michelle, her husband Steve, and his parents Trevar and Dianne Hardy at the party.

Jim Gill conducted the live auction, then John Menches told about the Menches family history, noting the hamburgers served at dinner were made according to his great-grandfather’s recipe, perfected in 1885. Menches introduced the next generation of the Menches family, Lexie Feser, 11; and Marie Church, 8, who helped scoop ice cream into waffle cones handmade by John Menches. Enjoying ice cream cones were Tom and Carolyn Henretta, Jim and Julie Martin, Mark and Dalia Spisak, John and Betty Dalton, Mike and Susan Delahanty, Patrick Weschler and Christina Barry.