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Rock Hall announces ten finalists for first-ever Northeast Ohio Riot Girl award

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Riot Girls & Rebels event sings the praises of women who make their mark in the world, one Northeast Ohio winner will be honored at benefit

CLEVELAND (January 23, 2008) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce the ten finalists for the first-ever Riot Girl award to be presented at Riot Girls & Rebels: A Celebration of Professional Women Who Rock. One winner will be announced at the event that will be held at Cleveland's InterContinental Hotel on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 6 p.m.

This event, designed to honor women who are an inspiration - professionally and personally - and involved in arts and cultural organizations, promises to be an exciting tribute to women who make a difference in our society. The event is presented with generous support from KeyBank. This year's media partners are WKYC Channel 3 and Cleveland Business Connects magazine.

In addition to the Riot Girl title, the winner will have $1,000 awarded in her name to the charity of her choice and will receive two tickets to the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, including flight and hotel accommodations.

The Northeast Ohio Riot Girl finalists are:

Cindy Barber - Owner, Beachland Ballroom

Deborah Carothers - Owner / VP, Harvest Recording and Music Production

Rachel Downey - Principal & Creative Director, Studio Graphique, Inc.

Heather Ettinger - Partner, Fairport Asset Management

Lauren Rich Fine - Practitioner in Residence, Kent State University

Tracy Marie - Director, Breastfest Cleveland

Carol Payto - VP, Marketing & Sales, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

Rita Singh - Founding Managing Partner, S&A Consulting Group LLP

Eliza Wing - President and CEO, cleveland.com

Margaret Wong - President / Managing Partner, Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co. LPA

The event's honorary co-chairwomen are Karen Haefling, chief marketing officer for KeyCorp; Paula Jo Boykin, president of Spectrum Design Services; Linda Abraham-Silver, president and executive director of the Great Lakes Science Center and Valarie McCall, chief of Government Affairs for the city of Cleveland. Monica Robins from WKYC Channel 3 will emcee the event. Two very special guests will also be honored at the program's inaugural celebration: Music industry executive Barbara Carr and musician Joan Jett.

Barbara Carr has worked with musicians as a partner in Jon Landau Management - Bruce Springsteen's management company - since 1980. She attended Marymount College and the London School of Economics, and has worked for Atlantic Records, ABC Records and Champion Entertainment. She and her husband, well-known rock writer Dave Marsh, live in Connecticut. In memory of their younger daughter, who died at age 21 in 1993 from sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, Carr leads the Kristen Ann Carr Fund, which has raised more than $6 million to benefit cancer patients.

Joan Jett embodies everything a Rock Hall Riot Girl should be. Her music and her career demonstrate that good things come from breaking the mold of tradition. Her enthusiasm is contagious: Generations of women sing along with her as she proclaims her allegiance to her chosen art form in her classic track "I Love Rock and Roll." She, along with her group, the Blackhearts, will perform at the Riot Girls gala.

Sponsorship packages for this evening event are $5000 for 10 event tickets and $3000 for 8 event tickets. Individual tickets are sold at $175 each. Reception style dinner, drinks and entertainment is included.

Funds raised by this event will support the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's highly acclaimed award-winning educational programs. Please contact Jennifer Muselin, to purchase tickets or for more information at 216.515.1207 or jmuselin@rockhall.org .

Music is a mighty and multifaceted force. Rock and roll, especially, is an amalgam of motivation, determination, encouragement and beauty - the same attributes powerful women possess. Any woman who steers her career along a non-traditional course can be a Riot Girl - a hardworking businesswoman who has a little rock and roll in her veins.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.1939 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK.

Margaret Thresher

Director of Communications

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard

Cleveland, Ohio 44114

P: (216) 515-1215