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Stambaugh Auditorium receives $50,000 grant for restoration project

The grant is from Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.
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From left are Matt Pagac, CEO of Stambaugh Auditorium; Terry Cloonan, board president of Stambaugh Auditorium; JoAnn Stock, chief development officer of Stambaugh Auditorium; Andi Baroff of the Thomases Family Endowment Committee; Lisa Long, financial resource development director of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation; Andy Lipkin, executive vice president of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation; and Sam Kooperman, Thomases Family Endowment adviser. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — Stambaugh Auditorium has received a $50,000 grant from the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation to support the monumental staircase and facade restoration project.

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.

“We are honored to support this ambitious endeavor that will reinvigorate a Youngstown landmark. Irwin Thomases loved his adopted community of Youngstown and wanted to ensure the community did not merely survive, but rather, thrive,” Lisa Long, financial resource director for the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, said in a news release.

Earlier this month, the Hine Memorial Fund of The Youngstown Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to support the project.

For more information about the campaign, contact JoAnn Stock, chief development officer of Stambaugh Auditorium, at 330-747-5175 or

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