“Live on CET!” to Honor Jerry Kathman


March 15, 2012

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Kellie May

CET Promotions & Communications




“Live on CET!” to Honor Jerry Kathman


CET’s annual “Live on CET!” fundraising gala will return to Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall May 16.

This year’s gala, which includes a silent auction, buy-a-box, red carpet guest interviews and more, will kick off with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. An elegant dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the live televised auction will start at 7 p.m.

The 2012 “Live on CET!” honoree is Jerry Kathman, long-time CET/Public Media Connect Board of Trustees member and chair elect. Kathman is the president and CEO of LPK, the largest independent brand design agency in the world, and a Board member for the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and more. The University of Cincinnati alumnus has presented to business and academic audiences around the world and has been featured on CNN, CNBC, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few.

“We are thrilled to have Jerry Kathman as a longtime supporter of CET.  As incoming Board chair, Jerry’s creative energy and talent will further enhance the CET experience. ‘Live on CET!’ is a great opportunity for us to tell him how much we appreciate everything he does,” said Barbara Bushman, “Live on CET!” committee chair.

Patron tickets are $200 and guest tickets are $150. Those who can’t make the event, but would like to partake in the auction, can bid from home. Anyone who would like to bid from home needs to preregister with a valid credit card.

Auction items will include jewelry, antiques, collectibles, and much more.

“We will  have a lot of fantastic live and silent auction items as well as the latest twist, Buy-A-Box. This is an important fundraiser and we look forward again to the wonderful community support we have experienced in the past.  We hope everyone will join us on May 16th,” Bushman said.

Proceeds from “Live on CET!” support CET’s programs, educational outreach, arts initiatives, and general operations.

For tickets, contact Joycee Simendinger at 513-345-6530 or jsimendinger@CETconnect.org or Mary MacDowell at 513-345-6579 or mmacdowell@CETconnect.org.


CET is Greater Cincinnati’s leading provider of education and enrichment in both living rooms and classrooms, reaching more than 2 million residents; 470,000 students and 37,000 teachers. Through PBS and local programming, CETconnect.org, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, CET positively impacts our community with rich and diverse resources. CET was the first licensed educational television station in the nation, the first high-definition public station in Ohio, and, through CETconnect.org, the first public television station to offer a community-based public media on-demand service. For more information about CET, CET Arts or CET Create, visit www.CETconnect.org.


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