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“Rock the Foundation” Hits House of Blues on March 20
Fifth Annual Fundraiser Changes Venue and Changes Lives

CLEVELAND – March 1, 2010 – On Saturday, March 20, The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) will host its fifth Rock the Foundation at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

"Sometimes you pay money to have a rocking great time; sometimes you pay money to support a game-changing great cause. With Rock V, you get both," said Rick Manoloff, president of the CMBF.  "Proceeds from this fundraising event are spent primarily on the 3Rs program, where lawyers and other volunteers teach civics and interact with more than 4,000 students in Cleveland and East Cleveland high schools. The Foundation also provides financial support for other programs, including the homeless legal assistance program (counseling more than 600 people every year), the pro bono bankruptcy project (helping more than 50 individuals and families every year), and high school mock trial competitions (bringing the law home to more than 900 students each year)."

Open to the public, this is the CMBF’s biggest fundraising event. General admission tickets are $120. Tickets for VIP entry are $250 and include special 6 p.m. access for a pre-event reception with wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by Transportation Boulevard.

The Rock V event is a unique rock and roll fundraiser featuring a casual atmosphere, the music of Cleveland’s outstanding Stone Pony Band, dancing, food, open bar and a silent auction. Rock the Foundation provides the primary support for many pro bono and public service programs, including 3Rs.

This year’s silent auction features more than 50 fantastic items, including an exclusive House of Blues “Ultimate Show Package” featuring a catered party for 30; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Duet Rocker membership package; spa packages including a year’s worth of botox and other cosmetic enhancement treatments; weekend stays in exciting locales; gourmet dining certificates; roundtrip airfare tickets; a Bus Stop Kids guest spot on WKYC-Channel 3; theater seats; packages for all sports fans, including tickets to the Cavs, Indians, Browns, and Blue Jackets; paintings by local artist Hector Vega; and many more exciting items!

Last year's Rock the Foundation event raised $42,500. "As times get tougher and the needs get deeper and wider, our philanthropy must increase," said Manoloff. "By moving this rock and roll event to the House of Blues, we're taking the event to the next level and solidifying it as an annual Cleveland tradition. We're poised to take our community outreach to the next level, too, but need individuals and firms to support the effort. We can't think of a more fun way to garner that important support than Rock V."

Sponsors* for this year’s event include: Gold Sponsors: Baker & Hostetler; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.; Thompson Hine LLP; Ulmer & Berne LLP; Silver Sponsors: Charter One Foundation; Frantz Ward LLP; McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA; McDonald Hopkins LLC; PNC; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Reminger Co., L.P.A.; Taft Stettinius & Hollister L.L.P.; Tucker Ellis & West LLP; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A.; Silver Non-Profit Sponsors: Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; Bronze Sponsors: Becker Mishkind Co. LPA; Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP; First American Title Insurance Company; FirstMerit Wealth Management Services; Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis; Zukerman, Daiker and Lear Co., LPA; Ticket Sponsors: Banking and Financial Services Section; Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP; Buckley King; Davis & Young; Gallagher Sharp; Jones Day; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C; and Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP; and Friends of the 3Rs: Molly Clark, Bruce Hennes, Mark Kasunic, James M. Lawniczak, Lynn Lazzaro, Richard D. Manoloff, Carter E. Strang, and Lisa Yerrace.

*Sponsors are subject to change. Please contact the CMBA for the most up-to-date list. 


For more information regarding the event, tickets or sponsorship, visit our Rock the Foundation page here.

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 initiatives aimed at improving the pipeline of minority students entering the legal profession.