About 500 guests turned out in support of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s annual Rock the Foundation event entitled “Rock 14, A Landmark Celebration.”
Presented at the Music Box Supper Club on the West Bank of the Flats, the evening featured cocktails, hors d’ouevres, dinner stations provided by Music Box Supper Club, and music by Transportation Boulevard and Sunrise Jones Band.
This year’s theme, “A Landmark Celebration,” acknowledged Cleveland’s iconic skyline while raising funds to support the foundation. In total, the benefit garnered $200,000 in support of the efforts of the foundation, which works with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in changing the lives of Greater Cleveland youth through educational and pro bono initiatives. They also work to grow the next generation of legal professionals as well as support the nonprofit and arts communities.
Highlighting the benefit was the presentation of the Richard W. Pogue Award for Excellence in Community Leadership and Engagement to Karen M. Paganini, president and chief operating officer of the K & D Group. Ms. Paganini is the fourth recipient of the award, joining Frank Sullivan, chairman and executive officer of RPM International Inc.; Beth Mooney, chair and chief executive officer of Key Corp; and Chris Connor, chair and CEO of the Sherwin-Williams Co. The award’s namesake, Richard W. Pogue, a senior advisor at Jones Day, is well respected for his extensive civic service to Cleveland. He presented the award that evening.
Rock 14 also featured a live and silent auction, a photo booth and a raffle drawing. Chairing the event, which began with a VIP reception, was LeeAnn O’Brien and Richard Zeiger.
Each year, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation hosts Rock the Foundation, with many of the guests including lawyers committed to giving back. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID