2021 Symphony Gala

Thank you for your incredible support of the Symphony Gala at The Fives on August 14, 2021, as we celebrated honorary chairs Marci & Bill Ingram and Illuminating the Future Together!

Emceed by Cabot Rea, the evening featured extraordinary performances by our Columbus Symphony Musicians, Concertmaster Joanna Frankel, and guest vocalist Jennifer Cherest, led by Music Director Rossen Milanov.

Because of your generosity, the 2021 Gala exceeded its fundraising goal to become the most successful fundraising event in our 70-year history.

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We are grateful for your support as we embark on a new path to be here for our community and continue to put Columbus on the map!


2021 Honorary Chairs

Marci & Bill Ingram

2021 Gala Committee Chairs
Lisa Barton & Cindy Hilsheimer 

2021 Gala Committee Members
Rosa M. Ailabouni, Michelle Hoppmann, Linda Kaufmann, Michelle Kerr, Phil La Susa, Kathy Mead, Betsy Schumacher, & Amy Shore


Gala 2021 Sponsors and Honorary Committee Members


Featured Sponsor

Event Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors


Crawford Hoying

Edward Jones

First Financial Bank

Dave Gill Chevrolet


L Brands Foundation




Partner Sponsor

Debbie P. Bower & George Richards


John Gerlach and Company LLP


Michael & Marie-Luise Marx

The Nth Degree Companies

Kenneth & Jaclyn Oostman

Overmyer Hall Associates

Kara Trott & Bob Philips

Sheldon & Rebecca Taft


Honorary Committee Members

Rosa M. Ailabouni & Dr. Scott A. Smitson

Lois H. Allen

Nick & Donna Akins

George Barrett

Lisa & Chris Barton

Rhoma Berlin

Jim & Susan Berry

Alfred. H. Bivins

Debbie P. Bower & George Richards

Ross & Pat Bridgman

Bill Calvert & Autumn Lemons

Joe & Linda Chlapaty

Derrick & Sydnee Clay

Robert & Susan Cochran

Janelle & Michael Coleman

T.J. & Jill Conger

Darci Congrove

Pam Conrad

Paige & Mike Crane

Rhoe Fields

Alex Fischer & Lori Barreras

Mike & Kris Foley

Jane & Ben Frankel

Victoria & Ken Freedman

Don & Eydie Garlikov

Drs. Annie Marie Garraway & Ira W. Deep

Jack & Joan George

Nancy & Dave Gill

Joy & Mike Gonsiorowski

Lori & Joe Hamrock

Lee Hess & Irene Levine

Rich Hillis

Cindy & Larry Hilsheimer

Terry & Michelle Hoppmann

Marci & Bill Ingram

Christopher & Tonia Irion

Mr. Eric T. Johnson & Dr. Rachel G. Mauk

Mary & Tom Katzenmeyer

Mike & Linda Kaufmann

Michelle Kerr & Eric Linsley

Phil La Susa & Dr. Jesse Sheldon

Alan & Ginny Litzelfelner

Nancy & Tom Lurie

Drs. Varun & Monica Mahajan

Steve & Kathy Markovich

Michael & Marie-Luise Marx

Chriss Mascaro & Frank Birinyi

Miriam Matteson & Hector Garcia

Lawrence & Katherine Mead

Matt & Christy Mikeska

Janis Mitchell

Zach Mitchell

Craig & Lori Mohre

Lori & Robert Morrison 

Jim Negron

Deborah Neimeth

Kenneth & Jaclyn Oostman

Alicia & Greg Overmyer

Drs. Deborah Parris & David Bisaro

Carol & Jim Paul

Gay Su Pinnell & Jeff Forster

Ron & Ann Pizzuti

Doug Preisse

Skip & Anita Prichard

Jeff Ramm & Neal Hauschild

Martyn & Lynne Redgrave

Denise Rehg

E. Scott Shaw

David R. Schooler

Amy & Alan Shore

Charles & Betsy Schumacher

George L. & Patricia G. Smith

Lindsey & Steve Snethkamp

Christina & Joseph Sofia

Sheldon & Rebecca Taft

Susan Tomasky & Ron Ungvarsky

Kara Trott & Bob Philips

Lou Von Thaer & Jennifer Massanova

Drs. Grant Wallace & Stephanie Davis Wallace

Pete & Linda Watson

Gifford Weary & David J. Angelo

Tom & Gwen Weihe

Michael & Arlene Weiss

Betsy & Nelson Yoder

The Zunkiewicz Family


For more information on supporting the 2021 Symphony Gala, please contact Stephanie Davis Wallace, Vice President of Advancement at 614.221.5411 or sdaviswallace@columbussymphony.com

2021 Symphony Gala Brochure