Joyce M. Johnson

A benefit presented by PNC to support the ongoing preservation efforts at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens was held Friday evening at the historical estate.

This year’s 17th Annual Midsummer Night’s Celebration, A Gilded Evening, was chaired by Chris and Rich Kramer and included a live auction in the Manor House dining room.

Jim and Leslie Pickard and Linda and Ed Conrad greeted guests as they arrived. Jim Pickard admires the architectural design of the estate of Goodyear founder F.A. Seiberling.

“This house is one of the finest examples of the Tudor revival in the United States,” Pickard said.

For each of the last eight years, John Wilkinson has donned his butler costume for the event and served guests at the patron party.

“I love that it’s outside and I can check out the decorations, and the food is just fabulous,” Melissa Cox said. Her husband, Steve Cox, agreed.

Mark Schroeder served as auctioneer.

Mingling in the crowd were Bob and Linda Peshek, Gailmarie Fort and Dave Bennett, Eric Wheeler, Barbara Ventura, Andy and Joan Traicoff, and Holly and Steve Wilt. The Wilts were attending the event for the 11th year. “This is the highlight of the summer for us,” Holly Wilt said.

Music was provided by the Jerry Bruno Orchestra.

“I love the flowers and just walking around,” Jackie Wells said.

“There is a lot of history here, and I work at Goodyear and Stan Hywet is very connected to the history of my company,” Darren Wells said.

“This is such an elegant evening with wonderful friends, and it’s held in one of Akron’s most prized possessions,” Pat Roberts said. He attended with his wife, Nancy Roberts.