It’s been called one of Cleveland’s best parties of the year. The Annual Benefit for Near West Theatre’s art and mission is Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. Featuring a carnival theme and the title “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round,” this year’s event honors Cleveland attorney Jan Roller, a longtime Near West Theatre Trustee and supporter and a model of professional and civic involvement for the public good.
As always, the centerpiece will be a high-energy, 20-minute musical performance at 7 p.m. by NWT cast members of all ages. But Benefit-goers enjoy much more all evening: buffets of hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts, open bars with beer, wine and soft drinks, a silent auction, “key” and sideboard raffles, a photo booth, a DJ dance floor and other surprises — all under the gothic stone arches of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, which is transformed into a grand party venue for the evening.
Tickets are $85 ($50 tax deductible) or 10 for $800 ($450 tax deductible). Buy them at the door starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, or in advance through Thursday, Feb. 13, online or by phone, 216-961-6391. Trinity Cathedral is at 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Use the Trinity Commons entrance on Prospect Avenue just east of East 22nd Street.
The lead sponsor of the event is the Majic Family Foundation. Other major sponsors include American Limousine Service, Euro USA, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pogue, RPM International, Char and Chuck Fowler, Rita and Charles Maimbourg, Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos L.P.P., Panzica Construction Co., PNC, and Tucker Ellis LLP.