The alter egos of Cincinnatians will rock Emery Theatre to do good and have a good time. Developed as an annual fundraising event, Rock This Town uses the power of music to support the CityLink mission of self-sustainability and hope.
The funds collected from ticket sales go directly to CityLink (minus credit card processing fees). Your ticket directly impacts the vision of helping families overcome poverty.
Rock This Town is a group of amateur musicians and creative professionals including Kevin Canafax, Bobby Gayol, Paul Grundy, Lee Jones, Jean Manning, Steve Taylor, Allen Zaring, and Andrew DeWitt who came together through their love of music and community service organizations to produce this inaugural benefit concert.
CityLink is a city-wide initiative started by a group of social service agencies who recognized the need for integrated services. The founding partners reached out to the faith-based community for support in realizing their vision.
CityLink will leverage the strengths of various social service agencies in Cincinnati and looks forward to support from a broad base of faith-based, corporate, foundation and individual supporters.
According to 2007 U.S. Census data, Cincinnati is the tenth poorest city in the country with a poverty rate of 23.5%, compared to a national (and Ohio-wide) poverty rate of 12.5%. That means that approximately one in four Cincinnatians falls below the poverty line, and our city’s poverty rate is almost twice the national average.
Recognizing the need to reverse the trend of poverty in Cincinnati, ﬁve non-profit organizations and local churches came together to consider best-in-class means to build relationships, build infrastructure and integrate services. In Cincinnati, this collaboration was unprecedented.
Collectively, while the founding organizations serve hundreds of people annually, they found that their attempts to coordinate services often fell short because clients found it difficult to navigate between services. One example is a Crossroad Health Center client, Sheila, who came in for treatment of a debilitating disease but had multiple factors also at work: job loss, depression and potential eviction. Dr. Dave Rahner, the Medical Director of Crossroad Health Center, found that while diseases can be treated, factors like unemployment, stressful living situations and substance abuse play an enormous role in overall mental health.
Primary Emery Theatre photography: Enin Productions