Ratner Gala: Oh, What a Night!

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This year’s Gala was outstanding! Together we raised nearly $125,000 in support of Ratner Montessori School! We’d like to thank the many people who made the evening a success. We were provided excellent hospitality by Driftwood Catering at Landerhaven, entertainment by the Cleveland Keys, and lighting and sound by Rock the House. Balloon Addict donated the balloon decorations. Krystal Klear Communications produced the heartfelt video, and AGC created the invitations. A special shout out to Mother Nature for providing us with spectacular weather!
We thank the volunteer Gala Committee—Mike Griffith, Lissa Kline, Emilie Unkrich, Erica Skubovius, Jodi Richardson (who also provided event photography), Bryan Byrd, Andy Persanyi, and Mandy Walden—for planning and executing this fun event for our community. In addition, Patti Fields captured our theme and connected it to the students by inspiring them to create artworks out of a disassembled piano. And Nadia Vinogradov-Carek provided essential behind-the-scenes expertise.
Our online Silent Auction featured donations from many local organizations and businesses (see below), and we hope you’ll help us thank them by visiting or shopping with them as much as you can!
Thank you to those who were able to be with us on the evening of April 23rd. It was wonderful to see Board members, friends of the school, family of the founders, current parents and family members, alumni parents, and faculty and staff all together, catching up and celebrating what a wonderful connection we have—the Ratner Montessori School!
To see the video premiered at the Gala, which showcases how special Ratner Montessori School is to students, staff, and parents, please visit this link.
“Oh, What a Night!” Gala Sponsors & Donors

Gold Key

Trenton & Meghan Brown

Brian & Gretchen Colleran

Albert & Audrey Ratner

Abe & Barb Miller

Ratner Montessori School Board of Trustees


Silver Key

Margaret Cohen & Kevin Rahilly

Dan & Marci Ungar, in honor of Barbara Rudolph


Bronze Key

Dick & Doreen Cahoon

Charles & Ilana Horowitz Ratner

James & Susan Ratner

Mark & Nancy Ratner

Ronald & Deborah Ratner


Cleveland Keys Sponsor

Marko & Daniela Mattos-Turcinov


Teachers Night Sponsors


Robin Heiser



Mandy & Brian English

Michael Griffith & Donna Prots

Bruce & Debbie Jarosz

Tawny Ratner

Mark Tepsich



John & Candace Sheffler



Jessica Cahoon & Scott Adair

Mara & Patrick Garcia

David Mustin

Dan Ratner

Alan & Yana Rosca

Barbara & Stephen Rudolph

Arjun & Ujwalla Singh

Charles & Ann Skubovius

Ginny & Gunner Wagh

Mandy Walden



Tosha & Dwayne Anderson

Denise & Jerry Falcon

Jenni & Anna Ferro

Julie & Steven Gunzler

Emily Hazzard

Marc & Karen Jaffe

Mehmet & Gunnur Koyuturk

Pedro & Betsie Martinez

Emily Pek

Mary Ann Prots

Jodi & Stan Richardson

Diane Robinson

Chelsea Rolen

Penni Rolen

Carmen Ruffin

Erica & Dan Skubovius

Linda Shapero

Terri Stahl

Claudia & Daniel Zalevsky



Linda Bloomfield

Doris Mathews

Nadia Vinogradov-Carek



Jan Meloon

Faith Skowronski


Corporate Donors

Balloon Addict

Driftwood Catering at Landerhaven

Strassman Insurance