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Suits that Rock will rock out a benefit for Carnegie’s youth arts programs — and provide a great party too

The Carnegie’s annual Suits That Rock benefit concerts return to The Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig stage on June 16 & 23 for two great nights of live music. The Suits will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the college classic movie Animal House, with Suits That Rock: Toga Party.

This June 45 business and community leaders from Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati will embrace their rock star alter egos and take to The Carnegie’s Otto M. Budig Stage for the 11th year of concerts. Since its inception, Suits That Rock has raised more than $800,000 for arts education programming at The Carnegie. The money is used to fund programming at 60 schools and organizations around the region allowing 31,500 students to participate in music, dance, art, and drama activities.

“Suits That Rock is always a great party with incredible performances,” said Kim Best, Executive Director of The Carnegie. “We love seeing what the Suits have in store every year and are incredibly grateful for the support they give to The Carnegie’s education programming and the impact they’ve had on countless children in the community.”

To celebrate Animal House and the college antics associated with the classic film, the group will perform college tunes that have stood the test of time like Shout, Come On Eileen, and Misty Mountain Hop, along with newer favorites like Shake It Off, Call Me Maybe, and Mr. Brightside.

While the core roster of Suits performers remains the same, each year a handful of guest Suits are invited to join the lineup. This year’s additions include Dan Barr (COO, Barr Corporate Success), Rich Boehne (Retired CEO/current Chairman, E.W. Scripps Company), Brian Kaeppner (Senior Technology Leader, KAO, USA Inc.), John Kellington (Senior Vice President/CIO, Cincinnati Financial Corporation), Jon Long (Owner/Member, CAPA Property Management, Owner/Member, Mt. Matre LLC. Real Estate Companies), Rick Marksberry (Retired Inspector, Northern Kentucky Health Department), Bob Mitchell (Senior Vice President/CMO, Cintas), and Tamara Scull (Assistant Public Advocate, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy).

“The mix of experience in Suits That Rock ranges from those who spent years in professional public performance to those who always had the passion but never had the time to find an outlet for it,” said John Domaschko, Suits That Rock co-founder. “The combination of talents from our core roster and guest suits allows us to tackle just about any popular song from 1955 to today. Because of the variation in backgrounds, the musical result is always greater than the sum of its parts.”

Tickets to Suits That Rock: Toga Party are $60 for Mezzanine, $85 for Orchestra, per person (reserved seat) per night, and include a commemorative Suits That Rock mug, light bites, and of course a rockin’ good time. A cash bar and valet parking will be available. Doors open at 7 p.m. each evening with performances kicking off at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling The Carnegie Box Office at (859) 957-1940 (Tues – Fri, noon-5 p.m.) or online at www.thecarnegie.com.

2018 Suits That Rock Line Up

Cliff Adams – Retired CCM faculty member and musical tradesman
Sheila Baker – Team Leader, Keller Williams Associate Partners
Ramona Blaine – Regional Recruiting Manager, Allied Universal
Gary Bockelman – Chief Operating Officer, Wood & Lamping LLP
Tom Bosse – Principal, Bosse Law, PLLC
Paul Bromwell – Retired Chief Information Officer, Frost Brown Todd
Steve Brunner – Senior Manager, CPA, CVA, MAFF, VonLehman & Company
Sarah Cameron – Associate Attorney, Commercial Litigation, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Kevin Canafax – Midwest Vice President Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments
John Caulfield – Senior Vice President – Finance, Phillips Edison and Company
Rick Dews – Senior Category Manager, Milacron
Elaine Diehl – Announcer/Producer, Cincinnati Public Radio 90.9 WGUC & 91.7 WVXU
Jan Diehl – Director of Bands and Music Teacher, Guardian Angels School
John Domaschko – Board Member, PBS Foundation; Board Member, Rumpke Consolidated Companies
David Ellis – Managing Director/Private Wealth Advisor, UBS Financial Services
Dick Felger – Retired Vice President/part owner, PAR Excellence Systems
Mark Fischer – Professor of Physics, Mount St. Joseph University
Larry Flemer – Retired Attorney
Mickey Foellger – Retired Family Court Circuit Judge, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Gregg Fusaro – Regional Development Partner, Capital Investment Group
Matt Godsted – Assistant Vice President, Western & Southern Financial Group
Nancy Grayson – President, Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky
Ed Hughes – Retired President, Gateway Community & Technical College
Kathy Laverde – Financial Advisor, Fidant Wealth Partners
Melissa Lutz – Principal/Director of Marketing, Champlin Architecture
Dave Miller – Retired President, Buddy Roger’s Music
Susan Morgan – Vice President, American Mortgage Service Co.
Graeme Murray – Independent Consultant and Mission Worker
Lenny Murray – Broker/Owner, Murray Real Estate Associates
Ken Poleyeff – Application Architect, Cornerstone Brands
Mills Rouse – Attorney, Rouse & Rouse, PSC
Tim Schigel – Founding Partner, Refinery Ventures
Brent Seelmeyer – Director, Organizational Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Greg Shumate – Member in Charge and Corporate and Commercial Lawyer, Frost Brown Todd
Melissa Singer-Reed – Vice President, Business Development, Planes Companies
Mark Tipton – Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home
Gary Wright – Senior Managing Director, Integra Realty Resources

2018 Guest Suits
Dan Barr – COO, Barr Corporate Success
Rich Boehne – Retired CEO/current Chairman, E.W. Scripps Company
Brian Kaeppner – Senior Technology Leaders, KAO, USA Inc.
John Kellington – Senior Vice President/CIO, Cincinnati Financial Corporation
Jon Long – Owner/Member, CAPA Property Management, Owner/Member, Mt. Matre LLC. Real Estate Companies
Rick Marksberry – Retired Inspector, Northern Kentucky Health Department
Bob Mitchell – Senior Vice President/CMO, Cintas
Tamara Scull – Assistant Public Advocate, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

2018 Suits That Rock Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Boehne Family Foundation, Fidelity Investments, Qual IT Resources, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Silver Sponsors
Fifth Third Bank, Champlin Architecture, Chick-fil-A Mall Road, Cintas, Frost Brown Todd, Hofbrauhaus, Izzy’s, One Touch Point, Rumpke, Sub Station II, Scooter Media, The Tapke Dusing Group – Robert W. Baird & Co., UBS Financial Services, Bourbon House

Bronze Sponsors – American Mortgage, C-Forward, Chris and Valerie Bopp, Dinsmore, Fidant Wealth Partners, Friends of Charity, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Sara and Michelle Vance Waddell, VonLehman, Western & Southern

Host Sponsors – Ahead LLC., Ken and Bernice Reeder, Milacron, Rizzo Painting Contractors, Third Rock Music, Vernovis

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