Annual Gala

Wow, what a night! On April 22, 398 participants joined together both in person from the Lincoln Theatre and online from the comforts of home to celebrate 40 years of Marburn Academy and the students we serve.

Participants enjoyed pre-program entertainment including music from the Rick Brunetto Big Band, and a signature cocktail demonstration led by Marburn’s own Scott Burton. The program took a peek into the archives and celebrated Marburn’s rich history, and honored Brian Hicks with an inaugural Award for Advocacy that will bear his name. A student story of triumph stole the show and guests were introduced to initiatives that will propel Marburn into the future.

As the lights faded on the Lincoln Theatre, an astounding $314,690 was raised to help students who learn differently in the form of need-based student scholarships and program enhancements. And, the contributions continue to roll in.

Thank you to everyone who made the event possible including our sponsors, in-kind donors, gift of learning donors, Host Committee, Gala Committee, presenters and emcees, MPTO, and teams of people behind the scenes who brought visions to life, and helped to ensure that families who need Marburn are able to access services.

Presenting Sponsors


Claire and Matthew Hamilton


Entertainment Sponsors


Jenni and David Belford • Lisa and Jeff Edwards • Cindy and Terry O’Connell • Julie and Joel Politi

Jane Coleman-Porter and Bruce Porter • Jeri Block and Robert H. Schottenstein • Molly and Doug Tyger

Liz and Tom White • Sharon and Andy Wolfe


Auction Sponsors

American Electric Power Foundation • Celtic Bank • Rhonda and Charlie Fraas • Kelly Gratz

Christine and Tim Johnson • Debra and Michael Parkes • Karen and Rick Milenthal • Lou Ann Ransom

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company • Carolyn and Scott WhiteWorthington Industries


Every Child May Learn Sponsors

Barbara and Philip Derrow • Grange Insurance • Karen and Steven Heiser • Amy and Jason Judd 

Ann and Ron Pizzuti • Sally and Bill Reynolds • Sequoia Financial Group • Scott Elliot Smith, LPA  

Thompson Hine LLP


Marburn’s fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30.
Federal tax ID: 31-1011901.

Please contact the Development Office at 614.396.4877 or email with any questions.