Betty O’Neill-Roderick

Guests were invited to “get their kicks on Route 66” Friday evening. Development and Marketing Director Ellen Otto had the idea for this unique fundraiser for Actors’ Summit. The evening began with white cosmo cocktails served on the upper deck of Akron’s City Center parking deck.

Honorary Chairs George and Janet Voinovich enjoyed the event along with their son, Peter, and his wife, Sasha Thackaberry. Hosts included Hudson Mayor Bill Currin, Bob and Shirley Jones, David and Lynne Lieberth, and Russ Pry.

The Archbishop Hoban High School Pantastic Steel Drum Band played while everyone looked over the silent auction items. Gary Grether and Chris Thomas said they got a sunburn Friday afternoon while setting up the silent auction on the deck. Placing their bids were Peter Gerber, Fran Buchholzer, Mary Briggs, Mary Kay Cavanaugh, John Guran, Patty Dill, Kim Elliott, Brian Gloor and Karen Hackenberry.

Bob Jones and Dick Krajci’s collection of antique cars added to the atmosphere on the rooftop. Bruce Lapierre said a torn tendon prevented him from driving his 1954 Triumph in for the collection.

Toni and Rich Moretuzzo served a cookout-style buffet from Retro Dog Restaurant, which opened in Cuyahoga Falls a week ago.

Emcee Tom Henretta kept the party moving across the street to the Actors’ Summit theater at Greystone Hall, where Jim Gill of Kiko Auctioneers conducted the live auction.

Co-artistic directors Neil Thackaberry and MaryJo Alexander thanked the audience for supporting the theater they founded in 1998. Then Shawn Galligan, Frank Jackman, Adam Klusty and Gabriel K. Riazi gave a rousing performance of Route 66, a lively production of a road trip to Los Angeles in the 1960s, with favorite songs from that era.

Spotted in the crowd were John and Cyndee Debo, who came attired as JFK and Jackie; Larry Pentecost, Carol Glessner, Susan Flowers, Ed and Libby Upton, Betty Dalton, Mary Ann Voinovich, Carolyn Henretta, Marie Covington, and Dick and Mary Ann Krejci.

The party returned to the Upper Deck for dessert and dancing to music by the Beach Boyz.