Taste of Earth: 21st Annual Gala Fundraiser

Mark your calendar for Crown Point Ecology Center’s 21st Annual Taste of Earth Dinner and Auction Gala on Saturday, August 17 at 5 p.m. on the grounds of Crown Point, 3220 Ira Road, Akron, OH 44333.   This year’s theme is “The Magic of Crown Point: A 24 Carrot Evening.”  Festivities will begin with cocktails, appetizers, and a silent auction in the Century Barn.  A martini bar will offer an array of popular martinis and other favorite libations.   

 A delicious four-course wine dinner will follow in a large tent on the lawn.  Fresh organic veggies from Crown Point’s gardens will comprise major elements of the menu. Dinner will be served seated, family-style and will feature beef tenderloin and salmon, as well as a vegetarian option.  Valet parking is provided.

In addition to auction items, the winning ticket of the ever-popular Taste of Earth Raffle – A Year of Fine Dining, will be drawn (winner need not be present).  The lucky winner of this raffle will enjoy twelve $100 gift certificates to upscale restaurants in the Akron/Cleveland area. Tickets are $10 each, three for $20, and eight for $50. 

Event co-chairs are Gina Krieger and Bath resident Kim Marchetta.  Major Taste of Earth sponsors include: Nancy Ray and Joel Porter, Frances Yates Bittle, and Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC. VIP hosts for the evening are Ryan and Megan Eberhart (Weidrick), Susan Flowers, Dr. Tom and Mary Ann Jackson, and Tom and Margaret Medzie. 


Our generous sponsors include:

Cultivator Level - $1,000- $2,500


George L. Farris

Hemminger Construction Co.

Mary Anne Krejci


MidWest Interiors

Joe Nemeth

George and Linda Palko

Thompson Hine

Drs. Steven and Julia Radwany

David and Mary Myers Tschantz

Libby and Ed Upton

Barbara Yott



Tiller Level - $500

Jennifer and Justin Bako

Patricia Brubaker

Marian Calvin and Bill Silver

Andrew and Alana Carey

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Daverio

Joe Eagle

Chris and Patricia Easton

Ryan and Megan Eberhart

Bruce and Elizabeth Fahey

GOJO Industries

GPD Group

Dr. Tom and Mary Ann Jackson

Jones Group Interiors, Inc.

Michael Kaufman

The Lefton Group, LLC

Steve and Cathy Leuenberger

David and Kimberly Marchetta

Jim and Julie Pulk

Roger Read

Paul Serpentini

Ryan and Megan Weidrick

Charlie and Linda Whitfield