Betty O’Neill-Roderick

The Great Gatsby himself would have enjoyed the garden party Gatsby in the Garden on Saturday evening.

Jennifer Highfield and Tanya Inama co-chaired the opening of the Junior League of Akron’s Designer ShowHouse — Gaffney Manor. Interior and landscape designers from all over Northeast Ohio completely redecorated the home, which is now open for public tours.

Jim Urban greeted guests before taking up his duties as Gatsby’s butler. Jason Woodruff, Julie Ann Taafe, Justin Woods, Carolyn Carr, Beth Myszka and her daughter, Tiffany, were among the guests dressed in vintage attire as they enjoyed the party in a huge white tent on the terrace.

Moe’s Restaurant catered a springtime buffet enjoyed by Richey and Sandra Smith, Ros and Jim Mather, Ann Wehener, Jim Arnold, Terri Nass Reeder, Brian Reeder, Dan West, Gabriel Carvalho and Kaitlyn Orr.

Designer ShowHouse co-chairs Janis Worley, Rachel Barnette and Chris Dunlop spent every day at the house, working with designers getting ready for the big event. Worley thanked homeowner Dottie Gaffney for lending her home, and invited Gaffney and her daughter, Pam Coffey, and two adorable granddaughters, Nora, 8, and Kate, 5, to be the first to tour the show house.

Inside, Eric Jones of Jones Group Interiors brought his collection of McDuff paintings for the woman’s retreat; Heather Hydel said 13 Goodwill Retail Stores participated in finding furniture for the master bedroom. Goodwill also lent a bevy of 1920s dresses for the wardrobe. Cynthia Whitford designed a media room for all ages, and Katie Heinz and Amy Douglass partnered with the Ohio Design Center, coordinating furniture from all eight showrooms.

Spotted in the crowd were Chris Dunlap; Tia Stathopoulos; Bob Kish; Tim Ochsenhirt; his daughter Emily Fernandez and her husband, Nick; Darrell Whitford; Cara Galiano; Susan Wallin; and Dennie Carroll.

The Designer ShowHouse will be open for tours at 657 Ridgecrest Road, Akron, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 9-12 and May 16-19. Read more about the house in Saturday’s Home section of the Beacon Journal.

Tickets are $20 at They are also available at the door or at any Summit County Acme Fresh Markets. Jacquie Tennemeyer said proceeds from the show house would be used for the Akron Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen Wellness and Fitness Program.