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St. Elizabeth Cancer Center Dedicates Music Therapy Studio In Honor Of Two Suits That Rock Volunteers

TC_Suits the Rock Room L-R_Sue Clare, Kevin Canafax, Melissa Singer-Reed

Left to right: Sue Clare, Kevin Canafax, Melissa Singer-Reed.

Covington, KY – Earlier this month, the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center in Edgewood, Kentucky announced the dedication of the first-ever Music Therapy Studio in honor of Charles “Chuck” Gordon Reed III and Donald E. Clare, Jr., two musicians dedicated to supporting the arts in Northern Kentucky. Chuck and Don, who both passed away in 2017, were longtime performers with Suits That Rock, a fundraiser for The Carnegie in Covington, KY that funds in-school, after-school, and summer camp art programming for local students.

Suits That Rock logo“We are grateful for the opportunity to honor Don and Chuck’s memory, their love of music and their service to our community through the Music Therapy Studio,” said Carri Chandler, Vice President of St. Elizabeth Foundation. “This studio exemplifies their lifelong passion for the arts and will serve as a resource for musical expression for patients and caregivers.”

MISC_St. Elizabeth Healthcare logoResearch shows people living with cancer who engage in creative arts therapy experience less depression and anxiety than those who don’t. Arts therapy provides a relaxing escape for patients and caregivers, who can embrace the creative process to express emotions. Developing this form of self-expression not only inspires personal growth, but also nurtures social interaction, which can relieve anxiety and enhance healing. For St. Elizabeth, this studio will bring music therapy to its inpatient and outpatient programs. The therapy will provide patients and their families with the options to play, listen to, or create music – providing emotional, sensory, and spiritual support. For more information on the Center’s approach to integrative oncology, take a virtual tour of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center.

TC_logo_new“During their combined 17-year tenure with Suits That Rock, Chuck and Don helped raise more than $1M for arts education programming,” said Kim Best, Executive Director of The Carnegie. “Subsequently, this helped The Carnegie’s art education programming to grow and serve more students each year. We are touched to know that Don and Chuck’s memory will live on through the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center’s Music Therapy Studio.”

Charles “Chuck” Gordon Reed III was the owner and president of River City Productions though family took center stage in Chuck’s life. He began playing guitar at age 12 and later took up bass guitar at age 14 when his band’s bass guitarist left the group. For more than 40 years he played with local and regional bands including Strange Brew, The Nightlife Band, and DV8, in which he shared the stage with his wife and fellow Suits That Rock volunteer, Melissa Singer-Reed.

“Music was such an important part of Chuck’s life,” said his wife, Melissa. “When Chuck was approached to be a part of Suits That Rock, he was so excited to volunteer. Not only was he performing with his friends, but he had the opportunity to raise critical dollars for local arts programing through The Carnegie.”

Donald E. Clare, Jr., a resident of Rabbit Hash, KY, built his career around helping others as an Emergency Room Nurse; 18 years at The Christ Hospital followed by 19 years at St. Elizabeth before retiring in 2015. Don wore many hats in the Northern Kentucky community. He devoted much of his life to music, writing, and the preservation of historic sites in Boone County. Don began singing and playing drums at the age of 16 and performed with a long list of bands over the years including Calico Rose and the Corryville Cowboys and The Buffalo Brothers. Don was on the board of directors of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, a member of Friends of Big Bone, and an active supporter of the Dinsmore Homestead Foundation.

“In addition to all of his volunteer efforts, Don loved performing with Suits That Rock – even though you would rarely catch him in a suit,” said his wife, Sue Clare. “Don would want nothing more than to see his legacy of music live on in a place where he spent a majority of his time – St. Elizabeth.”

To learn more about the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center, please visit stelizabeth.com/mycancer.

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About St. Elizabeth Foundation: The mission of St. Elizabeth Foundation is to inspire and connect our generous community with St. Elizabeth programs and projects dedicated to improving the health of our families, friends and neighbors. We will elevate St. Elizabeth to lead Northern Kentucky in becoming one of the healthiest communities in America. Through the generosity from individuals, companies and more than 130 volunteers from the community, St. Elizabeth Foundation bridges the gap between revenue received by St. Elizabeth and the actual cost of meeting our community’s critical healthcare needs. From bringing us state-of-the-art programs and treatment facilities to helping mothers in need give their babies the best start, St. Elizabeth Foundation has been serving our community in ways big and small for over the past three decades. For more information, visit stelizabeth.com/community-outreach/foundation. 

About the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center: With the ability to treat nearly 500 patients per day, St. Elizabeth’s six-story facility will lead the way in providing personalized care and treatment in the region.

The St. Elizabeth Cancer Center offers cancer detection, diagnosis and care — all under one roof. With an emphasis on precision medicine and genomic health, screening education and prevention, clinical research and advanced, innovative technology, St. Elizabeth provides a seamless experience for patients undergoing treatment. St. Elizabeth is also a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, consulting with Mayo Clinic cancer specialists and providing patients access to second opinions at no extra cost.

In addition, as a member of the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate and Research Networks, patients have access to additional clinical programs. At the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center’s August 2019 groundbreaking ceremony, St. Elizabeth Foundation announced a comprehensive capital campaign to raise $35 million in support of the Cancer Center. Overall, with a generous community and partners, St. Elizabeth Foundation exceeded its $35 million campaign goal. For more information about the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center, visit stelizabeth.com/mycancer. 

About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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The Carnegie’s 13th Annual SUITS THAT ROCK Raises More Than $76,000

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Sept. 11 – The Carnegie just received a donation that they were not expecting for Suits That Rock. Their total is now more than $76,000 for the campaign. Would you be willing to update your post? The team is very excited about this news!

Covington, KY – The Carnegie is pleased to announce that its monthlong Suits That Rock virtual fundraising campaign raised more than $68,800. The Carnegie replaced its original in-person concerts with an online celebration throughout the month of August. Suits That Rock benefits The Carnegie’s arts education programming, which provides in-school and after-school, and summer camp art programming to local students.

“Planning a monthlong virtual event was a learning experience for everyone involved. As a business professional and musician, you learn the importance of being flexible,” said John Domaschko, a Suits That Rock founder. “Each of the participating Suits would like to thank the event’s sponsors, donors and volunteers for making the event a success! We are looking forward to ‘getting the band back together’ in 2021 to raise even more funds for The Carnegie kids!”

The “Rock On for the Carnegie Kids” online campaign featured intimate interviews with founding Suits Paul Bromwell, Kevin Canafax, John Domaschko, and Greg Shumate. The campaign also included performance recaps throughout the years, interviews with Guest Suits, sponsor highlights, and more. The program concluded with a special “Suits Fireside Chat” featuring the founders of the fundraising concert series.

“Over the last twelve years, the funds raised by the Suits have transformed our arts education program offerings, and that’s something to be celebrated,” said Kim Best, Executive Director of The Carnegie. “Thanks to Suits That Rock, The Carnegie’s arts education programming has grown from offering just 5,000 student experiences each year to more than 83,000 student experiences regionally. The funds raised this year will be instrumental in helping to sustain our programming throughout the pandemic.”

Even though the campaign has technically finished, donations are still being accepted. Please visit http://www.thecarnegie.com/suits to donate. All Suits That Rock virtual programming will remain available on the Suits That Rock official Facebook page and The Carnegie’s YouTube channel. For more about The Carnegie, visit www.thecarnegie.com.

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About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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The Carnegie’s 13th Annual SUITS THAT ROCK Goes Viral

Suits That Rock logoMonthlong campaign, “Rock On for the Carnegie Kids,” highlights past performances, founder interviews and more 

Covington, KY – The Carnegie’s Suits That Rock is back – and this year, the rock and roll good times are going virtual. Replacing its original in-person performance dates of Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, Suits That Rock and its previous twelve years of performances will be celebrated exclusively online over the month of August.

Suits That Rock, is a local music tradition that sees local executives leave the boardroom in favor of the stage – and beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, the 13th edition of the annual fundraising event will move online to continue its support of arts education programming at The Carnegie as well as at more than 60 regional schools. To date, Suits That Rock has raised $1,059,000!

“The importance of continuing to support The Carnegie’s arts education programming necessitates that Suits That Rock continues. The fact that this event has raised more than $1 million over the past 12 years is testament to the one-of-a-kind experience the Suits offer,” said Kim Best, Executive Director of The Carnegie. “While we have shifted online due to the ongoing pandemic, the programming for this year’s Suits That Rock pays homage to the events of the past while ensuring the tradition continues well into the future.”

The “Rock On for the Carnegie Kids” online campaign will feature intimate interviews with founding Suits Paul Bromwell, Kevin Canafax, John Domaschko and Greg Shumate, in addition to performance recaps, Guest Suit interviews, and more. A Suits Fireside Chat featuring the Founding Suits will round out the festivities on Monday, Aug. 31.

Each year Suits That Rock features a select lineup of Guest Suits – and 2020 is no different. Joining this year are: Dan Cahill, Managing Principal and CEO at HSD Metrics; Katie Chadwell, Director of Operations at KnowledgeWorks; Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Chrissy Dunn Dutton, Litigation Partner at Buechner Haffer Meyers & Koenig Co., LPA; Brian Kaeppner, Manager of Enterprise Application Engineering at General Electric; Louis Kelly, Commonwealth’s Attorney for 54th Judicial Circuit and Shari Lauter, Director of Qualitative Operations for Campos.

“As it became clear that we could not safely rehearse or put on a show in 2020, we desperately wanted to recreate at least a little taste of the joy of a Suits That Rock show for our audience, for the kids who benefit from The Carnegie’s arts education programming, and for ourselves,” said John Domaschko. “This series of online interviews and retrospective show clips is a great reminder of the fun we’ve had and the great cause we’ve supported. It makes us even more excited to ‘get the band back together’ in 2021.”

All Suits That Rock virtual programming will be available on the Suits That Rock official Facebook page; donations to support “Rock On for the Carnegie Kids” can be made by clicking here. With previous events selling out in minutes, The Carnegie invites the public to enjoy these select highlights this year in anticipation of returning to a more traditional live Suits That Rock celebration in 2021. 

2020 Suits That Rock Line Up

  • Cliff Adams, Retired professor of music, active performer, producer and composer
  • Sheila Baker, Team Leader for Keller Williams Associates
  • Ramona Blaine, Regional Staffing Manager with Interim HealthCare
  • Gary Bockelman, Chief Operating Officer at Wood & Lamping LLP
  • Tom Bosse, Principal at Bosse Law, PLLC
  • Paul Bromwell, Retired Chief Information Officer at Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Steve Brunner, CFO of Rizzo Brothers Painting Contractors, Inc and owner of VG Valuation Group
  • Sarah Cameron, Commercial Litigation Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
  • Kevin Canafax, Midwest Vice President Public Affairs at Fidelity Investments
  • John Caulfield, Chief Financial Officer for Phillips Edison and Company
  • Rick Dews, Commodity Manager for Siemens
  • Elaine Diehl, Announcer/Producer for Cincinnati Public Radio, 90.9 WGUC / 91.7 WVXU
  • Jan Diehl, Retired Director of Bands and Music Teacher at Guardian Angels School
  • John Domaschko, Retired CPA and current board member of various organizations
  • Steve Eklund, Real Estate Investor, Business Consultant, Executive Life Coach
  • David Ellis, Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor with UBS Financial Services
  • Mickey Foellger, Retired Family Court Circuit Judge, Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Gregg Fusaro, Regional Development Partner for Capital Investment Group
  • Matt Godsted, Director of Enterprise Security at 84.51°
  • Ed Hughes, President of the Hughes Group and Partner in Star Educational Programming, LLC
  • Kathy Laverde, Financial Advisor at Fidant Wealth Partners
  • Dave Miller, President of Buddy Roger’s Music
  • Bob Mitchell, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Cintas
  • Susan Morgan, Vice President at American Mortgage Service Co.
  • Graeme Murray, Independent Consultant and Mission Worker
  • Ken Poleyeff, Application Architect for Cornerstone Brands
  • Mills Rouse, Attorney with Rouse & Rouse, P.S.C.
  • Tim Schigel, Founding Partner of Refinery Ventures
  • Brent Seelmeyer, Director, Organizational Development – Metro Services at Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Greg Shumate, Member-in-charge and corporate and commercial lawyer at Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Mark Tipton, Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer at Tufts Schildmeyer Funeral Home
  • Gary Wright, Senior Managing Director of Integra Realty Resources

2020 Guest Suits       

  • Dan Cahill, Managing Principal and CEO at HSD Metrics
  • Katie Chadwell, Director of Operations at KnowledgeWorks
  • Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Chrissy Dunn Dutton, Litigation Partner at Buechner Haffer Meyers & Koenig Co., LPA
  • Brian Kaeppner, Manager of Enterprise Application Engineering at GE
  • Louis Kelly, Commonwealth’s Attorney for 54th Judicial Circuit
  • Shari Lauter, Director of Qualitative Operations for Campos

2020 Suits That Rock Sponsors

Gold Sponsors: Fidelity Investments, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Qual IT Resources, Union Savings Bank

Silver Sponsors: Baird, The Tapke Dusing Group, Frost Brown Todd, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Mariner Wealth Advisors, Rumpke, Scooter Media, Spotted Yeti

Bronze Sponsors: 84.51°, American Mortgage, Chris & Valerie Bopp, C-Forward, Encore Technologies, Fifth Third Bank, HSD Metrics, Jan & Tim Timmel, Sara & Michelle Vance Waddell

Host: Citizens Deposit Bank, Rizzo Painting Contractors, Sara & Richard Behrman, Third Rock Music 

For more information, visit The Carnegie online at www.thecarnegie.com.

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About The Carnegie: The Carnegie is Northern Kentucky’s largest multidisciplinary arts venue providing theatre events, educational programs and art exhibitions to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community. The Carnegie facility is home to The Carnegie Galleries, the Otto M. Budig Theatre, and the Eva G. Farris Education Center.  More information about The Carnegie is available at www.thecarnegie.com or by calling (859) 491-2030. 

The Carnegie receives ongoing operating support from Cincinnati Wine Festival, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Kenton County Fiscal Courts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. / US Bank Foundation. The Carnegie is also supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.

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