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Stambaugh Auditorium reaches $2M raised for restoration project

The J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation awarded two grants totaling $50,000.
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Stambaugh Auditorium received two grants totaling $50,000 from the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation. Attending the announcement were, from left, Matt Pagac, Michael McGiffin, JoAnn Stock, Terrance Cloonan, Kevin Y.T. Chiu, attorney Andrew G. Bresko and Judge Robert N. Rusu Jr. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., received two grants today (Jan. 10) totaling $50,000 from the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation, bringing the total raised for the Monumental Staircase and Facade Restoration Project to $2 million.

“Mr. J. Ford Crandall was a generous man who wanted to make a lasting impact on his community after he passed,” Judge Robert N. Rusu Jr. of the Mahoning County Probate Court, which oversees the Crandall Foundation, said in a news release. “The Stambaugh Auditorium has stood as a civic and cultural beacon in Youngstown, enriching the community and its citizens.”

“We are so grateful for this gift from the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation, which will help us to restore the monumental staircase and facade of this magnificent building to its original splendor,” said JoAnn Stock, Stambaugh chief development officer.

Stock said the gift from the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation brings the total raised for the campaign to $2 million in gifts and pledge commitments from local foundations, governmental funding and individual major gifts and community support.

The purpose of the staircase and facade restoration project is to return the monumental staircase, grand entrance and promenade to its original splendor. The cost of the project is estimated at $5 million and will include razing and replacing the Fifth Avenue monumental staircase and promenade, reconstructing retaining walls, cleaning the exterior facade of the building, adding dimensional exterior lighting to the entrances and facades and restoring all decorative metalwork at the grand entrance. 

For more information about the campaign, contact Stock at jstock@stambaughauditorium.com or 330-747-5175.