Cheers to 30 Years! Verb Ballets Benefit Party at Historic Calfee Building 

CLEVELAND, OH – Come dance the night away and celebrate Verb Ballets’ big 3-0 Birthday on Saturday, May 20, 2017! Party in style with music, dancing and delicious food stations by Trifles Catering plus a special performance by Verb Ballets. Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP have opened the doors to their Cleveland headquarters in the historic building, now known as The Calfee Building, on the corner of East Sixth Street and Rockwell Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The benefit party will take place in the breathtaking two-story atrium with a balcony that overlooks the beautifully restored marble and stone two-story grand lobby and mezzanine.  This exquisite building is on the National Register of Historic Places and combines elegance of early 20th century Cleveland architecture, with the efficiency and technology of the 21st century.  
 
Cheers to 30 Years! is a benefit for Verb Ballets on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7-10pm at the Calfee Building located at 1405 East Sixth Street Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Tickets are $125 and include food stations and drinks. Sponsorships with ticket and added benefits also available starting at $1,000. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting  www.verbballets.org. 
 
About Verb Ballets:  
Verb Ballets, a contemporary ballet company, presents dynamic programming through bold artistry, unique styles and technical excellence that captivates a broad audience. Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Carlson, Producing Artistic Director and Richard Dickinson, MFA, Associate Director, the company will present a season that ignites passion in the energy, beauty and athleticism of dance. Critics have hailed Verb Ballets as, “Dashes preconceptions ...with keen dramatic power.” -The Plain Dealer, "(Verb) is dance magnifique.” - The Examiner, “confident and polished, Verb's dancers shone” - Dance International Magazine. Verb Ballets cultivates dance appreciation and nurtures wellness through movement in community dance classes, school residencies, senior outreach, library programs, master classes and college course partnerships. Verb Ballets has also been named one of Five Great Tiny Troupes in America by Dance Magazine and was one of the 25 dance companies in America to watch. In 2017 Verb Ballets begins a year long celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the company. Additional information can be found at www.verbballets.org.  
 
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About Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP: 
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with more than 150 attorneys located throughout our Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio offices. As a founding member of Lex Mundi, they also offer international representation through a network of independent law firms with access to 21,000 attorneys located in more than 100 countries. For more information please visit www.calfee.com.  
 
Story Behind Calfee Building: 
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP are giving new use to an historic, previously vacant building in the heart of downtown. Originally designed by William Bunker Tubby, this building is valued for its significant architecture as well as the role it played in Cleveland’s commerce from 1915 – 1952. It was built for The East Ohio Gas Company and opened in 1916. Over the years, it has been home to a number of businesses, including WKYC radio and TV.  
 
After previous tenant, WKYC, moved to its new home on Lakeside around 2001, the building sat vacant for the next decade. The building was in near total disrepair -  elevators had been stripped from their shafts; skylights overlooking stairwells were gone, allowing rain to soak down to the muddy deep pit of a basement; the television station had installed lighting and mechanical systems in the false skylight space and the stately columns had crumbled; and the once-grand bronze-plated front doors were badly deteriorated. In 2010, Calfee agreed to a long-term lease with CRM Real Estate Services, the new owner and developer, and announced the building restoration. 
 
Teams from Vocon, Sandvick Architects, the Albert M. Higley Company, and Cleveland Construction, Inc. worked to restore the beauty and detail that had once distinguished the space, as well as adding technology upgrades and  space utilization that would result in an environmentally responsible workplace and efficient work flow.