On March 31st, at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, former NPC national competitor Dave Liberman promoted the 2007 “Vyotech Nutritionals” NPC Natural Ohio (open) Drug Tested Bodybuilding & Figure Championships along with co-promoter Todd Pember.
This contest generated 133 (NOT including crossovers), of the very best natural, drug free competitors in the Midwest and beyond. This was one of the largest NPC regional events in Ohio history, attracting athletes from 12 states across the country. The evening Finals had 1,200 fans in the seats along with over 600 figure and bodybuilding enthusiasts in the house during the morning/afternoon Prejudging.
A very strict and expensive urine drug test was administered to the top 3 and two random competitors in each class. This is the same drug test used in the Olympic Games. It can detect the use of anabolic steroids, diuretics and clenbuterol (an illegal fat-loss drug) for up to one year.
Features making this contest special included all the competitors performing their routines during the evening Finals and everyone (from 1st to last place) receiving competitor awards, a contest T-shirt (courtesy of chemicallyengineered.com), a gym bag (courtesy of Bodybuilding.Com), Gamma-0 T-shirt (courtesy of ProLab), contest water bottle (courtesy Pinnacle / Cytodyne), and goodie bags (courtesy of Vyotech Nutritionals, Muscle Milk, Pinnacle / Cytodyne, Optimum Nutrition, Gaspari Nutrition, D’MAZ Salon and MET-Rx).
Every Class winner received a 1 year complimentary subscription to Iron Man Magazine. Winners also receive a contest title weight belt (courtesy of Krossbelts). The top 5 received impressive awards including 6` class winning trophies and overall champions receiving towering 8` trophies along with beautiful contest jackets (courtesy of chemicallyengineered.com).
Souvenir programs listing every competitors name, respective class, city and state, along with full page ads for every sponsor, was given to all the athletes, judges, sponsors and everyone attending the evening Finals.
As with all of Liberman and Pember’s contests, $1,000.00 of the proceeds was donated to the American Cancer Society. Additionally, Host Sponsor, Geoff DelGrosso, owner of Titan’s 24 Hour Gym, Fitness & Tanning Center in Mentor, Ohio donated $500.00, and Dr. Debbie Freeman donated $1,000.00. Special guest (courtesy of Title Sponsor, Vyotech Nutritionals) IFBB legendary Pro, Shawn Ray made a surprise donation of $500.00 as well.
These donations inspired an anonymous spectator to donate $100.00 making a total of $2,600.00 donated to the American Cancer Society! Dave and Todd remain committed to this charity and will continue to the support the American Cancer Society at all of their future NPC competitions.
It should be noted that promoter, Dave Liberman’s father, Harry Liberman, passed away one week before this event, therefore the contest was dedicated in his memory. Mr. Liberman was 80 years old.
Top NPC natural national competitor, Andre Ewing was the first guest poser, starting the evening with an incredible routine. Top IFBB Pro, Phil Heath (courtesy of Weider Publications) was the highlight of the evening as he was the feature guest poser and showed up in impressive shape. During the routine, Phil tossed out several contest T-shirts into the audience, to the delight of the fans.
Also in the exhibitor area and in the venue were Gamma-0 athlete and IFBB Figure Pro, Tammy Pies, GNC athlete IFBB Pro Julie Palmer, last years overall champion and NPC Team Universe Overall Winner & IFBB Pro, Mike Lockett, and IFBB Pro, Mari Kudla. It should also be noted that celebrity emcee, Ironman Magazine’s Lonnie Teper, traveled from Pasadena, California and did his usual fantastic job. Lonnie proved once again, why he is truly the best master of ceremonies in the business.
The next Liberman and Pember production will be the October 6th, 2007 “Vyotech Nutritionals” NPC Natural Northern USA Drug Tested Bodybuilding & Figure Championships which will be held at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Special guest posers will be NPC Team Universe Middleweight Champion and NPC Arnold Classics Overall Champion , Miiguel Neil and special appearance from last years Figure Overall Champion and star of reality TV’s hit show, “Wife Swap,” Melissa Johnson .
For sponsorship, entry and ticket information, contact Dave Liberman at 1-(440)-942-5634 or Todd Pember at 1-(440)-984-2762 or log onto: www.daveliberman.com.