The Brain Gain Cleveland Project (BGCP
) has teamed up with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
to stage a lunchtime pep rally for the city they love.
The rally will be hosted by the legal organization and serve as its annual meeting, just with a far more diverse crowd than usual, says Debra Mayers Hollander, deputy director of scouting for BGCP.
Hollander is expecting 1,000 guests to make it to the floor of Quicken Loans Arena for the June 28 event. Among the more famous participants scheduled to appear are Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and Senator Sherrod Brown. BGCP members the Cleveland Orchestra
and Positively Cleveland
will be among the institutions on hand. The event also will include live music, videos about Cleveland, and food from local eateries.
Rally attendees can fill out a registration form online
or purchase tickets by calling the bar association at 216-696-3525. Those who miss the daytime event can make up for it that night with a BGCP music and networking get-together at The Tavern Company in Cleveland Heights.
"It's going to feel inspirational," Hollander says. "Everybody coming together in the heart of downtown Cleveland to support one another."
BGCP is a nonprofit advocacy group founded by bar association members to grow the city through the creativity and energy of its citizens. The grassroots effort is led by Jon Leiken, a Jones Day partner and bar association president-elect. BGCP's website launched in 2012 and has attracted about 350 “scouts," a term referring to its members.
"We hope [the rally] encourages people to join us and become a scout," says Hollander.
SOURCE: Debra Mayers Hollander
WRITER: Douglas J. Guth