Bob Eubanks of ‘The Newlywed Game’ coming to Cleveland as gala speaker
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Bob Eubanks
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Special to the Banner

Legendary game show host Bob Eubanks will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Bradley Sunrise Rotary Sunset Gala on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland.

Eubanks is best known for hosting TV’s “The Newlywed Game,” and is also a respected radio personality and concert producer. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his television work in 2000, and was honored with a lifetime achievement Emmy award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2005.

The theme of this year’s gala is “Hollywood Lights Hollywood Nights,” and proceeds from the event will benefit a number of local organizations including Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, BSR Angel Flight and the American Cancer Society, according to Mark Rodgers, BSR member and gala chairman.

Beginning at 6 p.m., gala goers will be treated “... to a walk down the red carpet, complete with adoring fans, paparazzi and interviews by local television and radio personalities Sarah Jennings and Steve Hartline,” Rodgers said.

The Hollywood theme will continue inside the museum where attendees will stroll down Rodeo Drive to view silent and live auction items while enjoying live entertainment, cocktails and hors dourves. Auction items include an African safari hunt, new wedding dress, Sea Pines vacation package, several fire arms, and season tickets to the University of Tennessee football games. A five-star dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m., followed by the live auction and photos with Eubanks.

In addition to his fame with “The Newlywed Game,” Eubanks was a noted concert producer, bringing The Beatles to California in 1964 and 1965, as well as The Rolling Stones during the first two years of the group’s American tour. He also produced Barry Manilow, The Supremes, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Merle Haggard and Barbara Mandrell.

During his time with “The Newlywed Game” when Eubanks was known for using the catchphrase, “Makin’ Whoopee,” the young star became widely popular for bringing a youthful energy to daytime television. The show was an immediate hit as Eubanks pressed contestants into giving embarrassing and hilarious answers.

Rodgers said this year’s featured speaker will be totally different from past galas which connected with sport enthusiasts.

“We decided to go with a Hollywood theme this year in an attempt to reach participants who may not have been interested in Southeastern Conference or professional football,” Rodgers said.

BSR’s past three galas featured University of Georgia’s Vince and Barbara Dooley, former University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley, and Collins Touhy from the movie, “The Blind Side,” which was based on the life of her real-life brother, Michael Oher with the Baltimore Ravens.

“Mr. Eubanks is known for telling humorous stories about contestants on the game show and for his experiences as a music producer,” Rodgers said. “We’re also fortunate to have the talents of some local television and radio personalities to add to our Hollywood theme.”

Rodgers gave special credit to Larry Hill Ford for its diamond sponsorship of the event.

“We’re extremely grateful to Larry Hill Ford,” Rodgers said. “This is the second year the local car dealership has been a diamond sponsor, and it’s an honor and a privilege to have Larry Hill Ford associated with our event.”

Corporate sponsorships include a reserved table for eight and a private luncheon with Eubanks prior to the gala. Corporate sponsors also will be listed in all advertising and materials promoting the event. Individual tickets are also available.

For more information about tickets and the event, visit www.sunrisegala.com or www.bradleysunriserotary.com