Grace Hower Crawford, Laurine Schwan, Helen Troesch and Muriel MacLachlan believed Akron deserved the best in theater and volunteers were the ones who could make it all happen.

A legacy of compassion links Weathervane’s visionary founders with thousands of supporters who carry on the work of one of Ohio’s most respected community theatres.

Weathervane Playhouse is fortunate to have dedicated benefactors supporting its mission, including many who have chosen to secure its future through planned gifts. These generous visionaries have turned their passion into action.

To express our appreciation for this committed group of donors who have remembered the Weathervane Playhouse in their estate plan, we established the Legacy Society. Members of this special group share the common bond of philanthropy and vision to provide for future generations. We invite you to join with other compassionate arts philanthropists who share your passion.

Membership in the Legacy Society

You can share your personal compassion and set an example for others by remembering Weathervane Playhouse in your will, trust or other planned gift. No gift has a more lasting impact. A planned gift also offers you many potential advantages, including federal estate tax savings, the elimination or reduction of capital gains taxes and the opportunity to increase spendable income.

Benefits and Recognition

Weathervane Playhouse honors every planned gift donor with membership in the Legacy Society. As a member, you will enjoy:

  • You will be recognized on Weathervane's Legacy Wall where the art of renown Akron Artist Don Drumm honors our Legacy Society members.
  • The satisfaction of making a gift that will ensure the work of Weathervane Playhouse in Akron for future generations.
  • The opportunity, if you agree, for your gift to be publicly recognized in Weathervane's playbills, website and social media.

Making Your Gift to Weathervane Playhouse

Let us know if you are interested in learning more about legacy giving at Weathervane. A financial advisor or attorney can help you to include a bequest or planned gift as part of your estate planning. If you have already arranged for a gift to Weathervane, please let us know. We would like to honor your support.

Your Legacy Gift to Weathervane can be as simple as including the Playhouse in your will, establishing a life insurance policy or trust, or making the Playhouse a beneficiary of your retirement savings plan.

For more details, please contact Weathervane Playhouse Business Manager, Joshua Larkin, at 330-836-2626 or e-mail him at