Stambaugh Box Office Named in Honor of Beechers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the first time in its 89-year history, the ticket desk at Stambugh Auditorium will carry a name: the Florence and Ward Beecher Box Office.

The 10-year agreement between the auditorium and the two foundations, the Simon and Florence Beecher Foundation and the Ward Beecher Foundation, went into effect Jan. 1.

“Because Stambaugh’s box office has a great deal of exposure to the community, we wanted to partner with an organization that would give the box office a strong identity,” says Jeannine Donatelli, director of donor relations for Stambaugh. “In our quest to find a partner, we found two extraordinary foundations that wanted to show their commitment to the community.”

With ticket sales at the auditorium on the rise the past several years, general manager Matt Pagac notes that naming the box office was a way to continue that growth by increasing awareness.

Among the ticketed events at Stambaugh, 97% of use the box office, he says, and the number of tickets purchased at the office increased to more than 27,000 in 2015, up from 4,000 in 2009. Last year, ticket sales totaled more than $540,000, a jump from just $16,755 in 2011.

The box office is the second named area of the auditorium. After a two-year renovation process, the Jeanne D. Tyler Grand Ballroom opened in October.

The box office is open during business hours Monday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are also available by phone at 330 259 0555 or online at

Pictured: J. David Sabine, vice president of Huntington Bank, and Jeannine Donatelli, director of donor relations for Stambaugh Auditorium.

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