Second Line Parade & Sneaker Ball Annual Benefit

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Second Line Parade and Sneaker Ball is an annual benefit for Karamu House, the nation’s oldest African American producing theatre. Today, Karamu’s mission is to produce professional theatre, provide arts education and present community programs for all people while honoring the African American experience. As a non-profit organization, Karamu House depends on the support of its donors and patrons to continue its rich legacy of providing unique, culturally, and socially responsive programming.

This year’s benefit, to be held in Cleveland’s historic Lake View Cemetery on July 25, 2020, honors the African American tradition of the New Orleans second line parade, a funeral processional and celebration of life—and honors the many notable Clevelanders and Karamu alum now residing in Lake View Cemetery. After the parade, live music fills the air, dancing (in your sneakers and all-white attire) fills the floor, and savory Creole fare and drinks fill the tables. We wave handkerchiefs to clear the air of negativity, hold parasols to keep our traditions close, and listen to the music that sets us free!  To become a sponsor of the event, click here.




(as of February 25, 2020)


Brass Brand Member ($25,000)

PallBearers ($10,000)
The Cleveland Clinic
The Good Community Foundation

Jazz Singer ($7,500)
The Suzanne Aral-Boutros Agency

High-Steppers ($5,000)
AKA Team

Sidewalk-Steppers ($2,500)
E.F. Boyd & Son, Inc.
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Thompson Hine LLP
Tucker Ellis, LLP
University Circle, Inc. 

Host Committee (as of March 5, 2020)
Suzanne Aral-Boutros, chair
Lee Friedman
Teresa Metcalf Beasley
Dianne Downing
Taylor Smith
Jazmin Long
Sally & Terry Stewart
Peter Lawson Jones  


Ticket Rates:

General Admission (Early Bird by 3/25) $150
VIP (Early Bird by 3/25) $250
General Admission $200
VIP $300
Young Professional (21-45) $100
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Saturday, July 25 2020