Best of Cleveland 2013

Celebrating Cleveland

Cleveland Magazine‘s Best of Cleveland Party was one of our signature corporate events in 2013. There are a number of reasons why we consider this event one of our very special corporate events. One reason is that we consider Cleveland Magazine and their parent company, Great Lakes Publishing, one of best corporate clients due to the multitude of events we’ve worked on together as well as variety of services they’ve purchased from us. Another reason this event really stood out was the chance to be surrounded by the very best company’s in Cleveland. Everywhere you looked at this party you would see local brand success stories which gives you a lot of pride being counted in their number.

The biggest reason we were so excited about this event though was why we were chosen for this project. The team at Cleveland Magazine were looking for something different this year and those are circumstances where we really shine. This annual event has sold out at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years and is one of the most talked about parties each time. A new venue was needed in order to grow attendance but it’s always hard to compete with the experience of the Rock Hall. The historic Public Hall of Downtown Cleveland was chosen for it’s size, flexibility and stage. It was our job to make this space feel like a real party while increasing guest experience. These types of “problems” are what get us up in the morning!

Speaking of the best, we were just one piece of the puzzle that made this event such a success. Event designer Joe Mineo of Something New Event Design once again transformed Public Hall. His talent for transforming the same spaces into totally different party venues is legendary. Like we mentioned, the deck was stacked in our favor on this one. Rentals from Event Source created lounge areas at the event that took advantage of the larger floor plan this year’s event had. Sherri Foxman’s Party 411 Events provided entertainment inside the VIP area that has not been seen in Cleveland and we expect nothing less from them! Another mainstay of great parties in Cleveland also knows their way around Public Hall and that’s Executive Caterers. With over 1,000 discerning guests in attendance, it was vey impressive how much food was available at all times. This truly was the Best of Cleveland!

This event not only celebrated the very best Cleveland businesses but also benefitted Breakthrough Schools of Greater Cleveland (the highest-rated network of public charter schools in Ohio). To help this cause, Rock The House managed the Text To Pledge efforts during the party. Guests were urged to donate through their smart phones through custom media we designed that was displayed on screens throughout the night. The trend of smaller donations from larger volumes of people is really changing how non-profits operate at events.

Another new feature of Best of Cleveland 2013 was our Social Media Displays. We moderated and pushed social media messages from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine that used the #BestOfCLE hashtag to our screens to increase engagement. Hundreds of messages were seen all over which included messages about sponsors and vendors at the party.

Besides these new offering, Rock The House provided the corporate event production services were are known for. Lighting and drapery created the boundaries of the Spa West VIP Lounge where guests could take advantage of their massages, live jazz and piano music, as well as an open bar. In addition, we provided lighting and sound for the party’s main musical entertainment from Faction,  RadioActive Band, and DJ Donkis. We also provided photo opportunities for guests on the floor of the event as well as the VIP Lounge. Cleveland Magazine is one of our best corporate customers for our Green Screen Photo Magic because they understand the impact of branding a favor that guests really love holding on to.

A variety of services, a client that let us be creative, and vendor partners that are all at the top of their fields…Cleveland Magazine understands what it takes to host an event put on by the best of Cleveland for the best of Cleveland.

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COSE Small Business Convention Day 1

Business Pitch Competition

Rock The House is at Kalahari Resorts for the Council of Smaller Enterprises  (COSE) Small Business Convention all week. As a Gold Sponsor, Rock The House is committed to the cause of COSE which is growing small businesses like us in our region. As the Audio/Video/Production company for the event, we are thrilled to have a client like COSE who has let us do what we do best – create lasting experiences for guests at our events.

The first day is the soft opening of the convention and centers around one of the week’s most exciting features – a business pitch competition where $40,000 in cash is given between four finalists. These finalists had to go through a few rounds to get to this live competition to see who has the best pitch and to win the grand prize of $20,000! Have you ever seen the TV Show Shark Tank? That’s the style of this competition but the drama was heightened because this was live in front of some of the best entrepreneurs in the region. The finalists shared many traits in common but the most compelling was that each of these business ideas were personal. These business owners were faced with very real problems at different points in their lives and created creative solutions with sustainable growth models. They did their homework and it was a VERY tight race.

What made this competition so prestigious was the level of judges that COSE put together. Judges included

I’m sure you are dying to hear who the finalists were and what place they came in. Well, the judges found the contest so close that they offered the finalists the opportunity to split the $40,000 evenly if they unanimously came to that consensus. They opted to go for it all and the judges verdicts came to pass.

The four finalists were:

4th Place -Deb Stanzak founder of Ron Wear, clothing with ports, made to enhance the quality of life through comfortable and dignified fashion.

3rd Place – Nichelle N. McCall founder of Bold Guidance, software that makes college applications easy for students.

2nd Place – Erika Boll founder of The Toasted Oat which is a VERY tasty gluten-free granola snack.

1st Place – Daniel Mansoor founder of GiveNext. GiveNext is an easy way for donors and nonprofits to manage charitable giving.

Rock The House is honored to have provided the sound and lighting for this really exciting competition. This is only the first day of what is shaping up to be a very exciting week at Kalahari.

Key To The Cure

Saks Fifth Avenue’s “Key to the Cure” kick-off party!

The “Key to the Cure” kick-off party is Thursday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Saks Fifth Avenue Beachwood store. Rock The House is proud to be the production partner on this important fundraising event.

Tickets can be purchased online for $50 which includes a $25 tax-deductible donation to Cleveland Clinic and a $25 Saks gift card to be used towards a future purchase.  The kickoff party is your chance for a fabulous and fun evening out while supporting a great cause.

Enjoy complimentary makeovers, salon and spa services courtesy of Dino Palmieri Salon and Spa, Ladies and Gentleman Salon and Spa and ‘do Blow Dry Bar.  Colin Lively, celebrity hairdresser, will also be on hand to give styling tips and demonstrate fall hair trends.

The event will also feature “The Best of Cleveland” food and beverage vendors including Washington Place Bistro, Sushi Rock, Crop Bistro, La Strada, La Dolce Vita, Saffron Patch, and more!

Each guest will leave with a goodie bag filled with treats from Panera Bread, Executive Caterers, Bonbon Bakery & Treat Shop, Anna in the Raw, Saks Fifth Avenue beauty samples, and more!

Complimentary valet will be provided.

Tickets for the kickoff may be purchased online at for $50 ($25 is tax- deductible).

The first 200 ticket purchasers will be entered into a drawing for a beauty basket valued at over $1,000.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, call Hallie Bram at 216-292-5500 Ext. 202.

Team Member of the Month: Alex Kay

DJ & A Lot More

One of the most uniquely trained members of Rock The House is October’s Team Member of the Month – Alex Kay. Chiefly known as a DJ and yet he’s probably taken on every different entertainment position possible with RTH. His standing as a DJ is so well known because he’s furthered his career and training beyond the needs of most event disc jockeys. As a club DJ, Alex has his thumb on the pulse of the latest music almost before anyone else at the company. His suggestions for songs on playlists have become invaluable. He is the only DJ at RTH that uses Technics at signature events that require live mixing which in and of itself is really something.

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Alex’s career has flourished for the same reason RTH has. He’s never satisfied with where he is at and continues to learn new skills that have taken him all over the country. As a lighting designer, he works with a broad range of event types at Rock The House including weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Corporate Events, and School functions. He’s applied his craft and love of live events as the lighting designer on multiple national tours with national recording artist Machine Gun Kelly. Alex picked up invaluable experience from those tours which allowed us to pick up MGK as a client.

Alex lists one experience with his last tour as one of his favorite with Rock The House.

“I think one of my favorite RTH memories is either when Steve and Ryan (RTH CFO & COO) drove to Detroit before a MGK show to deliver a Platinum Spot lamp. After the show we had a chance to go out for dinner.”

What Rock The House means to Alex is evident in his words:

“What I enjoy most about my contribution to our clients events is creating an atmosphere thats ideal for them. Whether its draping an entire room, building a giant stage and filling it with an awesome lighting rig, or just setting up something basic for a small wedding; as long as our clients are smiling thats all that matters. Being part of RTH has meant a lot to me. I’ve learned a lot of things that have undoubtedly allowed me to further my career to lead larger events and go out on tour, and also made some good friends through working at RTH.”

Alex’s passion for pushing to get better and better is something that the whole company benefits being around. He looks at every part of our operation and is always thinking about ways we can do more for our clients. We’re lucky to have someone who lives and breathes entertainment and we’re all made better by his contributions.

Best of Cleveland Contest

Win 2 VIP Tickets Valued at $300

You can win tickets to Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland event on Friday, October 11, 2013!

For more information on Best of Cleveland, click here.

Here’s what VIP Tickets get you:

Your ticket includes include samplings from over 60 participating 2013 Best of Cleveland Winners, live music from the 2013 Best Bands, a souvenir photo courtesy of Beachwood Plastic Surgery and two (2) complimentary specialty drink tickets along with access to the Spa West VIP Lounge. VIP guests enjoy exclusive cuisine from select participating 2013 Best of Cleveland Winners, open bar, valet parking, mini spa treatments courtesy of Spa West, a swag bag with souvenir gift, and other VIP benefits.

Here’s how you win:

1. Take a picture of the Rock The House logo in front of any place or thing you think is one of the Best of Cleveland.

2. Post it to either:

  • Rock The House Facebook Page
  • On Twitter with this hashtag – #RTHBOC
  • On Instagram with this hashtag – #RTHBOC
  • On Vine with this hashtag – #RTHBOC

The most creative entry wins! Winner chosen on Wednesday, October 9th at 5:00pm.

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Greatest Best Man Speech – Aaron Kutz

You’ve Never Seen A Speech Like This!

This is the greatest best man speech of all time!

On September 28, 2013 RTH VP of Sales Jeff Kutz married his best friend (and newest member of our familly) Sharon. The wedding reception was held at the Marriott Key Center in downtown Cleveland. Jeff’s younger brother Aaron wanted to do something extra special for his best man’s speech. Here’s what we all came up with!


This video has been shared and viewed 1,000s of times since it was uploaded this week!

As featured in:

96.5 Kiss FM –  Greatest Best Man Speech Ever!

Cleveland Scene Magazine – A Best Man Speech That Doesn’t Suck

Cleveland’s Simchapalooza 2013

CLEVELAND’S 17th Annual Simchapalooza

Sunday, November 10, 2013

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If you are planning a party or special event, you will want to attend Cleveland’s FREE Event Planning Expo on Sunday, November 10th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the event’s new venue – Landerhaven. Rock The House is proud to, once again, be the presenting sponsor of this fabulous event hosted by our friends at Party 411 Events

This dynamic tradeshow/event/entertainment showcase features food tastings from some of Cleveland’s best caterers, original and creative ideas, products and services for the basic to the ultimate celebration.

Over 70 vendors will show off what’s new in their industry and the latest in trends for planners looking to create memorable and exciting occasions of all types and sizes—from milestone celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries to weddings, benefits, galas and corporate events as well as Bar & Bat Mitzvahs and Quinceañeras.
The event also includes fabulous one-day discounts from many of the vendors, all day entertainment and demonstrations as well as a silent auction featuring popular items and services you can bid on from the expo vendors.

The expo and showcase is produced by Sherri Foxman’s Party411 Events sponsored by Party411 Events, Rock the House, PNC, Landerhaven and the Cleveland Jewish News.
The event is FREE and open to the public.  For more information, contact Sherri Foxman or Kathy Pahr at (216) 514-8411.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Greater Cleveland Chapter of Hadassah.  Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, promotes health, education, social action and advocacy in the U.S. and medical care and research, education and youth institutions in Israel.  It is the largest women’s, largest Zionist and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States.