Joyce M. Johnson
It was a celebration reminiscent of a Seiberling family gathering at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens on Friday evening.
The black-tie Gala 2016: Gracious Gathering paid tribute to the spirit of happiness and harmony that existed in the Akron home with some 550 guests in attendance.
Julie and James Pulk chaired the 21st annual Midsummer Night’s Celebration. Rene and Duane Wetzel were attending the event for the first time.
Mingling in the crowd were Carmen and Kevin Thompson, Barb and Ralph Palmisano, Toby Gorant, Jon Fiume and Mark Munoz, Mindy and Marsden Bober, Lyn Bober, Robin Barnby, Rene Ferguson and John and Margaret Jordan.
“It’s great to be surrounded by so many friends in such a beautiful venue,” Margaret Jordan said.
Stan Hywet President and Executive Director Linda Conrad said, “We are hoping to raise $150,000 tonight.”
Christian Gotfredson, who came in town from Boston, said, “I love this house.” He and his fiancée, Nancy Reymann, toured Stan Hywet last year but now had a chance to enjoy the breathtaking garden views.
Guests dined on beef Wellington and lobster mashed potatoes as well as other delicacies. James R. Urban greeted guests in his finest butler attire. The flowers were arranged by Lis Hugh and Ann Towell.
“I’m looking forward to the music,” said attendee Dave Johnson.
Dale and Peggy Koblenzer agreed that this was a great event to show off Akron.
“I like the tradition,” Mark Wernig said. His wife, Colleen, added, “Stan Hywet is part of our roots in this area, and it’s just a wonderful gathering spot for so many people.”