Buddy LaRosa to be honored at “Live on CET!” | CET Connect

Buddy LaRosa to be honored at “Live on CET!”

Posted by Kellie May on

April 26, 2013


Buddy LaRosa is a household name throughout Cincinnati – but his local fame is not just based on his awesome pizza. Buddy has become a Cincinnati legend because of his involvement with the community, his support of local schools and athletes, and his generous donations to non-profit organizations like CET.

 In fact, the LaRosa family has been supporting CET for more than four decades by providing hundreds of slices of pizza, buckets of fries, countless cookies and more to CET Action Auction volunteers each and every year.

 CET is excited to announce that we’ll be honoring Buddy and his family at the annual “Live on CET!” gala from 5:30pm to 9pm Thursday, May 30, at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

 “CET and Buddy LaRosa are both huge parts of our community and we want to acknowledge the important role the LaRosa family has played in CET’s history and let everyone know how much we appreciate that continued commitment,” said Barbara Bushman, chair of “Live on CET!” and CET board member. “I’m chairing the event for the second year because I feel strongly that the CET mission in education is critical. CET programming provides the largest ‘classroom’ for young learners in our area and funds raised at this event ensure CET can be around for future generations.”

 Mike LaRosa said Buddy has been investing time and money in the community for decades – and CET is something he holds close to his heart.

 “LaRosa’s has been involved with CET since the very first Action Auction. We’ve always thought that CET was and is an important and integral thread in the fabric of our community. Buddy made ‘serving the community we serve’ a big part of how we do business. So, our CET relationship seemed like a natural, right from the start,” he said.

 “We’re so proud and pleased that CET has chosen to recognize Buddy for his commitment to the community we serve. As we celebrate this honor, we also celebrate our long-standing relationship with CET,” Mike LaRosa said.

In addition to everything the family has done for CET, the LaRosas are consistently involved with area schools through programs like the Buddy Card, which has become a local fundraising staple.


“From the beginning, Buddy reached out to the kids that were his guests – the high school kids in Western Hills. That became a big part of how LaRosa’s does business and we carry on that tradition with our Buddy Card, which helps schools, teams and organizations raise money for their activities, as well as other donations of our time … and pizzas!” Mike LaRosa said.

If you’re unable to attend the gala, there are a few ways you can show your appreciation to Buddy while supporting CET. First, we’re taking online donations of any and all amounts with our “Thanks Buddy” campaign, which can be accessed online at www.CETconnect.org. If you’d rather donate a $25 gift card or other item to the gala auction, we’re still actively looking for those to include in our silent auction and buy-a-box promotion.

Also, if you’re interested in buying some of our big ticket live auction items, join us at 7pm on CET. We’ll be broadcasting that portion of the event and you can place phone bids from the comfort of your own home. Those items will be online and available for preview at www.CETconnect.org/events/live prior to the event.

Proceeds from “Live on CET!” support CET’s programs, educational outreach, arts initiatives, and general operations.

For tickets or to make a donation, contact Joycee Simendinger at 513-345-6530 or jsimendinger@CETconnect.org or Mary MacDowell at 513-345-6579 or mmacdowell@CETconnect.org.

About CET: CET is Greater Cincinnati’s leading provider of education and enrichment in both living rooms and classrooms, reaching more than 2 million residents; 470,000 students and 37,000 teachers. Through PBS and local programming, CETconnect.org, innovative multimedia curriculum projects, parent workshops and professional development for teachers, CET positively impacts our community with rich and diverse resources. CET was the first licensed educational television station in the nation, the first high-definition public station in Ohio, and, through CETconnect.org, the first public television station to offer a community-based public media on-demand service. For more information about CET, CET Arts or CET Create, visit www.CETconnect.org.
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