Celebrating the life of Ruth Purdy, the arts and the perks of being a Westsider

Back Bay will donate their talent for Music for Ruth Benefit

There are several reasons that people love living on the west side of Cleveland: great communities, excellent schools, world class dining, art and music, as well as an appreciation of nature. The Westshore is a wonderful region of the country on a beautiful lake, with a focus on the family and a solid appreciation of how fortunate we are. Perhaps no one understood this better than Ruth Purdy Leslie, and on Sunday, July 15, her life and contributions to our community will be honored.

Ruth Purdy Leslie was a member of the local educational community as an art teacher at Bay Village Middle School. She taught hundreds, maybe thousands of children in her time, passing on the gift of art appreciation, leaving a lasting impression. When she passed away unexpectedly last year, her friends and family created a scholarship fund to allow children ages pre-K through grade 12 unable to pay for BAYarts art enrichment offerings a means to do so.    

Tickets for the event include great food and a chance to enjoy two popular local bands: Back Bay, opening up with acoustic rock classics, and Juke Box Heroes, a classic-rock cover band. Guests will be tapping their toes and singing along to the hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s.

The menu will include barbequed chicken sandwiches, featuring JavaQue sauce from Bay Villager Scott Pohlkamp’s own secret recipe, grilled corn on the cob, watermelon and some other surprises. Mitchell's ice cream will be available for a donation. Lemonade and iced tea will be included in the purchase of tickets and draft beer will be available for donation. This will be a Near Zero Waste event in partnership with the Bay Village Green Team.

A wonderful family friendly event for a wonderful cause and one of the reasons Bay Village is one of the top ten cities in the country to raise a family!

Advance tickets are recommended as they are limited: stop by BAYarts, 28795 Lake Rd., or call 871-6543. Adult tickets are $15 in advance, $20 per person day of show. Children’s tickets offer hot dogs as an option and are $5, $8 day of show. 

Tickets are limited, but the experience is without limits.       

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:50 PM, 07.10.2012