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One Night | Three Parties: Second Annual SWITCH Fundraiser to Benefit the Akron Art Museum

For Release: October 2008

Akron, Ohio — The Akron Art Museum’s wildly popular fundraiser, SWITCH, is back for its second year with three distinctively hip parties, once again wrapped into one unforgettable night at the world-renowned museum.

On Saturday, November 8, 2008, join co-chairs Matt McCallum and Dana Lobalzo-Saporito for “Let’s Swing,” “I ♥ the 80s” and finally “Hey Mr. D.J.” Although the theme of the music, featured dancers and décor will change three times during the evening, from ‘40s Swing to ‘80s Disco to present-day Hip-Hop, the atmosphere and attire will remain the same – “upscale chic.”

“Attending SWITCH is a great way to support the museum,” said Lobalzo-Saporito. “Matt and I are honored to be this year’s co-chairs, and we hope the community will join us in making the fundraiser a huge success.”

McCallum agrees, adding, “SWITCH isn’t your typical black-tie fundraiser, it is a big, chic, fun, hip party. It is a great way for people of all ages to come together to help support the arts in our communinity.”

Reservations begin at the $100 Guest level. With their price of admission, Guests will enjoy valet parking (courtesy of Dave Towell Cadillac Saab), open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live music, entertainment and dancing. A-List reservations are available for $250 per person, and include all of the benefits of the Guest level as well as access to the VIP lounge and an exclusive VIP gift. If you’re looking to hit celebrity status, there’s the Superstar reservation at $750 per person. In addition to the benefits of the A-List level, Superstars will also receive limo pick-up and drop-off to and from the event, a bottle of champagne (one per couple) and the Superstar gift basket.

Gold sponsors of the SWITCH event are Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell and The Harry C. Lobalzo Family.

Silver sponsors include Mr. and Mrs. John Dellagnese III, Falls Family Practice – Hugh and Kim McLaughlin, FedEx Custom Critical, The Hagen Rowland Group, The Laser Vision Center at Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons – Dr. Lawrence and Mary Lohman, Libery Harley-Davidson and Perantinides & Nolan Co., LPA.

Special thanks to Hitchcock Fleming & Associates for the invitation design and Printing Concepts for the printing of event materials.

For reservations please visit or call 330.376.9185. All money raised will benefit the Akron Art Museum.

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