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Three Dog Night to perform at Rialzo IV

Nov 28

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012  RssIcon

from The Star Press 

MUNCIE Get ready to sing the words “Jeremiah was a bullfrog. Was a good friend of mine” in the Horizon Convention Center next year.

Popular 1970s pop/rock band Three Dog Night — singers of the popular hits “Joy to the World,” “Mama told me (Not to come),” “Black and white” and more — will step on the stage for Rialzo IV on March 16.

“Good music is really our only litmus test we have for performers at Rialzo,” said Scott Smalstig, vice president of fund development for Meridian Health Services, the beneficiary of Rialzo. “Maybe they’re not quite as energetic as as Kool & the Gang, but with more than 20 top 40 hits ... we think people will have a good time.”

Rialzo, the gala fundraiser for Meridian Health Services, has grown in popularity over the years, not only because of the entertainment choices — which have included Kool & the Gang, the Pointer Sisters and the Fifth Dimension — but also due to partnerships with local arts programs.

Representatives from the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Muncie Civic Theatre and Cornerstone Center for the Arts have served on the planning committee for the event each of the last four years and have also benefited from exposure at the formal event.

This year, local photographers will display their work at the gala, highlighting their talents.

“This year, the emphasis is on the visual arts,” Smalstig said. “We’re even thinking of having a Rialzo magazine where the work and the photographers can be featured.”

The evening program will remain the same, including live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and, of course, live entertainment.

But unlike in years past, the gala will not be in May, but in March, after surveys reported the late spring to be a busy time of year with graduations, Mother’s Day, weekends at the lake and other time- (and money-) consuming events conflicting with Rialzo.

Regardless of the date change, the question “Have you picked out your dress yet?” will still be heard across the city as Rialzo approaches.

Women might have to think more about wearing matching coats along with their formal gowns.

“There’s nothing else like (Rialzo) in Muncie. People really enjoy it,” said Beth Clark, director of marketing for Meridian. “Every year, we strive to make it bigger and better, and I think people know that. This year should be the same.”

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