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"Suits that Rock" to Reach $1 Million in Arts Gifts in 12th Anniversary

When Suits that Rock takes the stage this summer for its twelfth year, the local rock group of made from the business community, will reach more than $1 million raised for area youth arts education at the Carnegie in Covington.

This year's shows are set for June 22 and 29 at the Carnegie with the theme, Thanks a Million.

Each year, Suits performers leave the boardroom behind to take the stage in support of The Carnegie’s arts education programming. This one-of-a-kind fundraiser supports programming at over 60 schools and organizations around the region and allows thousands of students to participate in music, art, and drama activities.

“We are so incredibly grateful for the continued support of the Suits That Rock,” said Kim Best, executive director of The Carnegie. “Their hard work and dedication to putting together exciting concerts to raise money for our education programming has been inspiring. From everyone at The Carnegie, and all of our students, I want to say thanks a million!”

To celebrate this feat, and thank fans and sponsors for their continued support, the Suits will perform songs like "We are the Champions", "I Thank You", and "Taking Care of Business." The set list will be rounded out with some of their favorite songs like "Mambo no. 5", "Devil Went Down to Georgia", and medleys honoring Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, and the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.

“When we started Suits That Rock twelve years ago, we had no idea it would grow to be this successful, or continue this long,” said Suits that Rock co-founder John Domashcko. “We thought we’d have a one-night-only concert and raise some money for The Carnegie. Twelve years later the excitement continues to grow, and we’re amazed at the impact the concerts have had on education programming. We want to extend our immense thanks to our friends, family, sponsors, and supporters for continuing to come out and see us each year. They are truly the rock stars. Without them none of this would be possible.”

While the core roster of Suits remains the same from year to year, each year a handful of guest Suits join the lineup. Joining this year are Katie Chadwell (Knowledgeworks), Chris Clements (Kroger Co.), Al Early (Cincinnati Bell), Steve Eklund (Witheos), Fernando Figueroa (Gateway Community and Technical College), Freidoon Ghazi (Tri-Health Heart Institute), Griffin Hatfield, Rick Marksberry (Retired Inspector for the Health Department), and Tamara Scull (Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy).

Excitement for this year’s performances resulted in seated tickets selling out within minutes. A limited number of Standing Room Only tickets are available for $30. All tickets include a commemorative Suits That Rock mug and light bites. 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 - 5pm) or online at www.thecarnegie.com.

-Staff report