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Event planner from Buffalo gets Cleveland painted for Cavs championship

Championship preview

If Buffalo finally wins a Stanley Cup or Super Bowl, John Cimperman has a very good idea of what the celebration will look and feel like.

Cimperman leads Match Marketing’s Buffalo office, which was responsible for staging “FanFest” events outside the Cleveland Cavaliers’ basketball arena during the playoffs.

The outdoor Game Seven party supplied TV viewers with the images of Cleveland’s jubilation after winning the championship, since the game was played in Oakland.

But every sports championship title also needs a parade, and the Cavs asked for ideas. Match brainstormed everything from painting the city streets wine and gold (the Cavs’ colors) to skywriting.

The team settled on stenciling the Cavs’ championship logo on the sidewalks, and a team of 16 people hit the streets to do the job just before more than 1 million spectators showed up for the Wednesday parade.

Cimperman used to run marketing for the Cavs, so it was special for him to see the team win it all. Now he’d love to see Buffalonians celebrate their own sports title.

“I think it would be very similar, as far as the emotion and the well-behaved fans,” he said.

Williamsville grad scores

Jason Milch, a Buffalo native and 1993 Williamsville North graduate, got quite a kick out of gazing up at the scoreboard while watching his beloved Chicago Cubs play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Wrigley Field early this month.

At one point in the game, Milch looked up to see a scoreboard message congratulating him for being named partner at Baretz+Brunelle, a corporate communications agency that works with law firms, financial advisers and corporations.

Part of the 16-member team that launched Baretz+Brunelle early this year, Milch served as managing director before becoming the firm’s third partner.

The scoreboard provided more good news for Milch, who lives with his family in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Ill.

His Cubs beat the Dodgers, 2-1.

Batman returns

It was only last fall that Will Lorenz announced the he was hanging up his Batman cowl and cape.

We don’t know whether it was the Riddler, Catwoman or the Penguin who brought Lorenz out of retirement but, the man dubbed “Buffalo’s Best Batman,” announced via Facebook that he’ll be making a return appearance as the Caped Crusader on Saturday during an event to celebrate the lighting of the Buffalo Lighthouse. A local attorney, Lorenz has previously appeared in costume as the Caped Crusader in order to help boost numerous local charities. However, last September – ironically, on Batman Day – Lorenz called it quits. Maybe he viewed plans to light the 1883-era lighthouse as a sort of bat signal that he should get back in the game. Or, maybe, it’s a superhero’s prerogative to change his mind.

BPO takes on Batman

Speaking of Batman, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is set to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Batman TV series July 7 when the Orchestra performs at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora.

It is part of the Friends of Knox Farm’s annual “Bubbles and Brews” fundraiser, at which the BPO will play several traditional Americana pieces, including songs from both the big and small screens. Among the promised pieces is the Batman theme song composed by Neal Hefti for TV show, which debuted in 1966. It’s not known if the audience will be expected to sing along, but the lyrics are simple enough: a constant repetition of Batman until the final “na na na na na na na na na. Batman!” at the end.

Off Main Street is written by Harold McNeil, with contributions by Matt Glynn, Gene Warner and Michelle Kearns. email: offmain@buffnews.com