Long-time supporters of Gateway’s RiverBlast invite you to join the fun

Long-time supporters of Gateway’s RiverBlast invite you to join the fun
Michelle Sjogren, Director of Communications
Voice:  (859) 442-1172
Cell:  (859) 494-1444
E-mail: michelle.sjogren@kctcs.edu

Florence, KY (Aug. 21, 2017) — Maryanne McGowan, Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation Board Member and RiverBlast 2017 Chairperson, and Lori Ritchey-Baldwin, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Chief Financial Officer, invite you to join them and a fabulous crowd at the Western & Southern/WEBN Labor Day weekend fireworks in private viewing areas at the Great American Ballpark on Sunday, Sept. 3.

“I am so excited to serve as chair for the RiverBlast 2017 event.  I have attended several years and this year is a not to miss affair! I can promise a fun-filled event, providing great food and drink, ample networking, the best view of the fireworks, GABP tours and Cincinnati Reds mascots.  All proceeds go directly to support Gateway student success,” said McGowan.

Guests will enjoy a VIP evening of tours of the ballpark, full beverage service, dinner, private seating to view the Western & Southern/WEBN fireworks, and reserved parking is available. Guests will have use of the Champion’s Club the entire evening and may enjoy coffee, dessert, drinks and music after the fireworks while waiting for the crowd and traffic to clear.

Tickets are $200 per person or $1,500 for a table of eight. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“St. Elizabeth is proud to be the presenting sponsor of RiverBlast 2017. We are committed to supporting organizations such as the Gateway Foundation that make a difference in the lives of Gateway students. These students are part of the future of our workforce in Northern Kentucky and St. Elizabeth believes in the mission and value that Gateway brings to our region,” said Ritchey-Baldwin. “Please join us at this event to help us hit a grand slam for Gateway!”

The annual fundraiser hosted by the Gateway Foundation and premier sponsor, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, supports student scholarships, a student emergency fund, faculty/staff leadership programs and professional development.

The public is invited to purchase tickets and join the festivities that begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. Big Dave from B-105 will be the emcee for a guaranteed fun and exciting evening. Private parking is available to RiverBlast guests for an additional fee.

This year’s sponsors include: St. Elizabeth, ORI, Duke Energy, Regal, Cincy/NKY Magazines, NKY Tribune/KYForward, Shelley Funke Frommeyer, CFP of Waddell & Reed, Inc., and Mason, Schilling, & Mason.

Have questions RiverBlast questions? Contact Frannie Schultz, 859-442-1612 or frannie.schultz@kctcs.edu.

Lori Ritchey-Baldwin and Maryanne McGowan


Gateway Community and Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gateway Community and Technical College.


The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.


GCTC is Northern Kentucky’s only public, two-year comprehensive community and technical college, and its SACS accreditation has been reaffirmed through July 2023.  SACS is a U.S. Department of Education-recognized agency that evaluates academic programs at two-year and four-year institutions to ensure the quality and acceptability of each institution. SACS accreditation means that Gateway students can transfer their course credits to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation.

Gateway enrolls nearly 5,000 students and offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in 30 subject areas. Classes are provided at GCTC locations in Boone County, Covington, and Edgewood. Through partnerships with more than 400 local businesses, GCTC provides customized, short-term training to more than 3,000 other people. Find out how to “start here and go anywhere” at gateway.kctcs.edu. GCTC is one of 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth’s largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky’s largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.






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