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“Rock the Foundation 8” Goes Retro at House of Blues March 9th with ’80s Theme

CLEVELAND – Feb. 4, 2013 – The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) returns to the House of Blues Cleveland on Saturday, March 9 from 7 to 11 p.m. for its eighth annual Rock the Foundation rock ‘n’ roll party, presented by FirstMerit Wealth Management Services.

Open to the public, Rock the Foundation is the CMBF’s signature fundraising event for the many pro bono and community programs it supports. Fitting for the 1980s theme, The Spazmatics, an ‘80s cover band, will provide live music for the night filled with fantastic food, open bar, dancing, and a silent auction. General admission tickets are $125. Tickets for VIP entry are $250 and include special 6 p.m. access for a pre-event reception with hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

“We are so excited about this year’s event and aim to make it a third consecutive year to break our fundraising record,” said CMBF President Lynn Lazzaro. “This event is always such a great time; and this year’s ‘80s theme gives us the chance to have even more fun through the music and dress. We anticipate the same outpouring of support by attendees and sponsors that is so critical to our mission; we just suspect they’ll show up with bigger hair, neon colors and perhaps a little more dweeb-like than we’re used to.”

Ticket sales, sponsorships and auction proceeds from Rock the Foundation have generated $876,331 in the first seven years for the many Bar Foundation-funded program and initiatives that serve the Cleveland metropolitan community and promote pro bono legal assistance and public law-related education, including The 3Rs (teaching and counseling more than 4,000 students in Cleveland and East Cleveland schools), the homeless legal assistance program (counseling more than 600 people every year), and high school mock trial competitions (bringing the law home to more than 900 students each year).

Sponsors for this year’s event are: Presenting Sponsor: FirstMerit Wealth Management Services; Gold Sponsors: BakerHostetler LLP; Jones Day; Squire Sanders  (US) LLP; Thompson Hine, LLP; and Tucker Ellis LLP; Silver Sponsors: Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.; Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., LPA; Friedman & Frey, L.L.C.; McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA; Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis; Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy Co., L.P.A.; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Reminger Co., L.P.A.; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Ulmer & Berne LLP; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Walter | Haverfield LLP; and Zukerman Daiker & Lear Co., LPA; Silver Non-Profit Sponsors: Case Western Reserve University School of Law; The Cleveland Foundation; Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; Bronze Sponsors: Buckley King; Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP; McDonald Hopkins LLC; Mishkind Law Firm Co., L.P.A.; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.; and Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP. Sponsors are current at time of release.

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About the CMBF
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation is the charitable arm and partner of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. It raises funds to support the important public outreach activities of the Association, which are organized primarily under the Justice For All umbrella. These activities include a variety of pro bono legal service, law-related education, tutoring and mentoring programs. Additionally, the CMBF assists the Association’s diversity and inclusion initiatives aimed at improving the pipeline of minority students entering the legal profession.