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Join us for the CCMS 2017 Gala!
CCMS is transforming death care education and we invite you to join us! We are excited to welcome each of you to the funeral profession’s event of the year, this coming Saturday, November 18th at Cincinnati’s most sought after venue, the Cincinnati Bengal’s Paul Brown Stadium - East Lounge. This phenomenal setting overlooks the stunning downtown Cincinnati skyline at night.

Our 2017 Gala honor’s the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) President-elect, and CCMS alumnus, Ken Cahall. The evening’s events will be unsurpassed as we join together veteran death care professionals and our newest, up-and-comers. Whether mingling with guests over Hor D’oeuvres and drinks, taking advantage of the meet and greet and photo ops with the BenGal Cheerleaders or the Who-Dey Mascot, or perusing the vast array of silent auction and raffle items, our pre-dinner social is action packed. Following an elegant plated dinner, the formal events of the evening will begin as President Jack Lechner pays special recognition to our guest of honor and unveils the CCMS educational cremation center. Finally, guests can enjoy music and dancing until the evening concludes with the silent auction and raffle bazaar.

While here, plan to make it a weekend in Cincinnati! In addition to Saturday’s Gala, CCMS is hosting an amazing continuing education opportunity on Friday, November 17th. It’s a program that no funeral service history enthusiast will want to miss! This 3 hour presentation merges funeral history with the history of the nation’s first mortuary science educator, the prestigious Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Friday’s event will be presented by funeral historian Todd Van Beck. Immediately following the continuing education presentation, join your colleagues at an evening social. Funeral professionals will network and mingle and enjoy cocktails and appetizers while exploring our beautiful campus and clinical lab complex.

For details on where you can stay while visiting our beautiful city follow the links below.

It’s sure to be a weekend you won’t want to miss!

Read more about the Gala and continuing education event.

Purchase tickets for Gala or Con Ed.

Registration Deadline Extended
The response to the 2017 Gala has been overwhelming, with registrations still steadily coming in. To ensure all colleagues and friends wishing to attend are able to do so we have extended our deadline to Thursday, Nov. 16 at noon.

Transforming death care education
The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science has always enjoyed a proud history of leading the field of death care education. Our newest initiative is to build and operate a modern Educational Cremation Center on the CCMS campus. Currently, none of our nation’s 60 accredited mortuary science programs have a crematory on campus that is used exclusively for educational purposes. The 2017 Gala proceeds will go directly to funding this initiative. Our cremation complex is just one more exceptional offering for CCMS students, ensuring they are ready to enter the profession fully prepared for their next step in their educational journey, the apprenticeship. Read More

Gala Date & Time
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 11: 00 PM

The Gala will be held in the East Lounge of the Paul Brown Stadium. View or print directions to Paul Brown Stadium.

Paul Brown Stadium, East Lounge
1 Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Parking — Important Information
Don’t miss your opportunity for free parking!! Parking is free for Gala attendees at the Paul Brown Stadium Lot. Attendees MUST print the parking voucher and present the printed voucher to gain entry to the garage. Guests of the Hilton Netherlands will enjoy complimentary shuttle all evening between the Hilton and Paul Brown Stadium. Complimentary parking is sponsored by CCMS.

Download the Gala App Now
To ensure your evening goes seamlessly, visit bidpal.net/ccms.gala from your mobile device now. From entry into the event to an advance viewing of our amazing silent auction packages, one-click bidding and express checkout, our app has you covered. We will also have on-site kiosks to assist guests. Auction winners may pick up items at any event kiosk using BidPal Mobile Express checkout, cash, check or credit.

Sponsorship opportunities still remain at the Title, Platinum, Gold and Silver Tiers. Please click here to sponsor the Gala!

Thank You To Our Sponsors

A sincere thank you is extended to everyone who has supported the 2017 Gala. Your contributions make it possible for CCMS to transform death care education with positive contributions to our profession.

Frank and Liz Rosenacker
Rosenacker Law Office

Mike and Melinda Ryan
Vorhis & Ryan Funeral Home

Batesville Casket Company
Debbie Dodge
Duane and Deena Hedrick
Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions
Spring Grove Cemeteries, Funeral Homes, and Crematory

Affordable Supply Co.
American Coach Sales
Baird Funeral Homes
Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company
Eagle Coach Company
Eagle’s Wings Air
Federal Coach Company
Flagel Huber Flagel & Co., CPA
Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company
Homesteaders Life
Inman Shipping Worldwide
Mihovk Rosenacker Funeral Home
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home
Ohio Wilbert Vault Manufacturers
Walker Funeral Home

Brad and Joan Batton
Coldren-Crates Funeral Home
Daniel and Kelly Dwyer
Frigid Fluid
Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc.
Lemaster’s Consulting
Marlan Gary Funeral Home
Naegele, Kleb, Ihlendorf Funeral Home
National Mortuary Shipping
Ohio Embalmers Association
Preston Charles Funeral Home
Ross DeJohn Funeral Home
Skorupski Family Funeral Home
Dr. Jerome Webster - Terra State Community College

Baltimore Pike Cemetery
Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society
Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, Inc.
Jon Deitloff
Dietrich Electric, LLC
E.C. Nurre Funeral Home
Forethought Life Insurance Company
Greater Cincinnati Funeral Service Association
Hilliard Rospert Funeral Home
Robert and Brian James
Lewis Mortuary Support Services, LLC
Neidhard Minges Funeral Home
Terry and Debra Palmer
U.S. Digital
Amelia Florist
Steve and Debbie Bittner
Kathleen Berry
Jerry and Leslie Boehm
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science
Campbell Pottery
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Reds
Cremation Association of North America
Cross Winds Grill
Pam Donlon
Teresa Dutko and Lou Martinelli
Mike Gedhert
Geneva Lodge and Conference Center
Halcyon Harbor District Speakeasy
Molly Jones and Phil Wallace
Dr. Blanche and Peter Kabengele
Krohn Conservatory
Jack & Debbie Lechner
International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association
Inviza Shield
Melissa and Eric Kloss
Laurello Winery
Wanda and Robert Lee
Ohio Funeral Directors Association
Robert G. Mayer
Mark Merz
National Funeral Directors Association
Newport Aquarium
Ohio Funeral Directors Association
Tim ONeill
OTR Candy Bar
Frank and Liz Rosenacker
Sea Glass Fine Arts
South Jersey Funeral Association, Inc.
South River Winery and Distillery
Taft Museum of Art
Terra State Community College
Thomas Fallon Photography
John and Lisa Vinnedge
Mona Welsh
Beth and Rusty Williams
World of Travel

Amelia Florist
Boardman Printing
Front Runner Professional
NOMIS Publications
Mike Ryan
Terra State Community College
Todd Van Beck
Vonderhaar's Catering
Walker Funeral Home

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Nov 17: CCMS Todd Van Beck Con. Ed. & Social
Nov 18: CCMS GALA – A Must Attend Event!
Nov 22-24: Closed

Dec 15: Term End
Dec 25-26: Closed
Dec 29: Closed
Frank Rosenacker, Chair
Mike Ryan, Vice Chair
Bill Smith, Treasurer
Jan Borgman, Secretary
Duane Hedrick
Chris Homer
Tim King
Arlene Lawrence
Mark Merz
Bill Peoples
Kenn Peterson
Kathleen Shaffer
Jerome Webster, PhD.
Nicole Wiedeman
Jack E. Lechner, Jr.
Jack E. Lechner, Jr., CFSP
Certified in Thanatology
Dr. Blanche Kabengele
Dr. Blanche Kabengele
Admissions Director and Registrar
Leslie Boehm
Leslie Boehm
Business Manager Bursar
Beth Williams
Beth Williams
Special Assistant to the President
Pamela Donlon
Pamela Donlon
Transfer Specialist
Molly Jones
Molly Jones
Library Director/I.T.
Karen Wolff
Karen Wolff
Administrative Assistant
Teresa Dutko
Teresa Dutko, FT
Academic Chair and Instructor
Wanda Lee
Wanda Lee, CFSP
Clinical Director and Instructor
Melissa Kloss
Melissa Kloss, CFSP
Clinical Instructor
John Vinnedge
John Vinnedge
Clinical Instructor
(not pictured)
Dr. Bob Campbell
Adam Dwyer
Senta Folds
Mike Gedert
Joe Getts
Mark Ivey
Pete Minges
Martin Molony
Holly Sauerbrunn
Tim Schmidt
Robert Shank
The Mortuary Science degree programs at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747. Web: www.abfse.org
The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604 (800) 621-7440 Web: www.hlcommission.org

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