Press Release

September 8, 2020

Stambaugh Auditorium Receives Grants to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Stambaugh Auditorium has received a total of $11,420 in funding to be used for COVID-19 relief efforts. Three grants have been received from the following organizations to help offset overhead expenses associated with blood drives being conducted at Stambaugh Auditorium in response to the COVID-19 emergency:

 ● $5,000 from the John MacIntosh Fund of The Youngstown Foundation through the Mahoning Valley COVID-19 Relief Program; 

● $5,000 from the PNC Foundation; and 

● $1,420 from the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation. 

Since March, a total of 12 blood drives have been held at Stambaugh Auditorium resulting in the collection of more than 1,300 pints of blood. 

JoAnn Stock, Stambaugh’s chief development officer, said that under normal circumstances, the use of the venue is something that Stambaugh Auditorium would be proud to donate as part of its mission and as a caring community partner. However, the pandemic caused events to be canceled, so the auditorium did not have funds to provide the use of the space for free. Funders stepped in to fill the gap. 

“We are so grateful for the grants from these local foundations whose support has enabled us to continue to utilize Stambaugh Auditorium to help others during these unprecedented times,” Stock said. 

The mission of Stambaugh Auditorium, a cultural and historic landmark in the city of Youngstown, is to present events for the enjoyment, entertainment and education of the people of Youngstown and surrounding communities. In keeping with this mission, Stambaugh Auditorium has proudly served the educational, cultural and social needs of the community since 1926.