She graduated from Cleveland Marshall Law School in 1966 but was prevented from marching in the graduation ceremony due to him.
However, she didn’t have any problem in showing up for him when he graduated a week ago from the University of Akron School of Law.
She was his inspiration to go to law school all along.
It was the least that Elliott Lewis, 46, could do for his mother, Betty McNeal, who was pregnant with him with her due date fast approaching. In fact, he was born the day after her graduation ceremony.
Mrs. McNeal, now 80 and a cancer survivor, completed her undergraduate studies at Cheney State College (now Cheney University in Pennsylvania) and became an elementary school teacher in Youngstown and Cleveland before deciding to attend law school. She was one of the few women and African-Americans in the class; so she wanted to march on graduation day.
After graduation, she took the Ohio bar and passed but never practiced. Rather, she was a stay-at-home mother for the next nine years before going back to school to get a master’s degree in library science from Western Michigan University. That’s when the family moved from Cleveland to Kalamazoo, Mich.
“She then became a law librarian, working in Washington [state] and Nevada,” her very proud son noted. “She now lives in Las Vegas. She retired once, got bored, and went back into the workforce. She retired for good (we think) at age 79.”
A former Beacon Journal copy editor, Elliott’s career choices have been just as prolific. Before enrolling in law school, he was a freelance television news reporter (1999-2009) in Washington, D.C., with clients such as CNN, BET and Associated Press Television and as a reporter in other locales. He was a Spanish and communications major at Washington State University. He’s also the author of Fade: My Journeys in Multiracial America, a comprehensive look at the lives of multi-racial people like himself, tackling many hot-button issues about race in the process.
Lemonade to fight cancer
Big, beautiful bouquets again for Kent’s Huscroft family and friends who continue to be in the vanguard of raising major money for childhood cancer research.
The Huscrofts — Maureen and Rick — will host their ninth annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand at 650 Beechmont Place in Kent during the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Children Cancer’s National Lemonade Days Weekend 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8. The Huscroft Family Grand Stand — which will be complemented by several other stands — is held in memory of Tom Huscroft, Dan Lux, Brian Montgomery, Kelly Reeves, Dennis Butler, Cathy Shipley and Whitey Huscroft.
“New this year, stands also will take place in the days leading up to the event, including … Thursday, May 30; Saturday, June 1; Thursday, June 6; and Friday, June 7,” wrote Gillian Kocher, spokeswoman for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
“The Huscroft family began holding their lemonade stands after hearing about Alexandra “Alex” Scott at the Kentucky Derby in 2005. Just before walking out the door to go to the races, they heard the story of Alex and her connection to contender, Afleet Alex. With four healthy children, the family was thankful for their good fortune, but wanted to get involved. They felt it was important to set an example and show their children ways to give back to their community, especially through a Foundation that was giving money directly to research.” The Huscrofts’ effort has raised more than $100,000 for the cause.
According to its website (www.alexslemonade.org), the foundation “emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement …”
Following is a list of lemonade stands connected to the Huscroft effort that will be held. Sollers Lemonade Stand in Mogadore was Monday.
• Thursday — 10 a.m. to noon — Horning Lemonade Stand, Stanton Middle School, 1157 Hudson Drive, Kent.
• Saturday — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Walsh Jesuit Hockey Team, Lambert Buick-GMC, 2409 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls.
• June 6 and 7 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — McKendry Lemonade Stand, Kent State Student Recreation & Wellness Center, 1550 Ted Boyd Drive, Kent.
• June 8 has eight stands including the Huscrofts, one in Shaker Heights and one in Dunwoody, Ga.,
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lenzo/Hartman Stand, Acorn Alley, East Main Street, Kent.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Cascade Auto Group, 4149 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lux Family Stand, 1170 Garman Road, Akron.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — The Butler 5 Stand, Pizzutes Plant-N-Thyme, 4987 state Route 43, Kent.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Falcons Fighting Cancer, Subway at Brimfield Plaza, 4068 state Rote 43, Brimfield..
• June 9 — Papa John’s Pizza, 1885 W. Market St., Akron.
Golf outing fights diabetes
I have John Hardesty to thank for passing along the results of the recent second annual “Gina’s Angels” golf outing — sponsored by Advocare, benefitting the American Diabetes Association:
“We had 31 [four-person] teams which was 124 golfers in total participation [at Fox Den Golf Course in Stow]. Steak dinner, silent auction and more and 38 tee sponsors (area businesses and individuals).
“The event was a great success overall and we at Gina’s Angels were able to raise $6,000 for the American Diabetes Association,” Hardesty wrote. “We have online donations coming in as well. People are able to donate all year round and Gina’s Angels’ personal goal is to raise $10,000 for the American Diabetes Association in 2013, raise awareness in the community about diabetes and to educate the general public that diabetes is a serious disease that affects 26 million children and adults in the United States.
“… I devote my every breath to aid in finding the cure for diabetes for my wife and all the people that I have been fortunate to meet because of my connections to the American Diabetes Association.”
Benefit golf outing
Interval Brotherhood Home — a comprehensive, residential treatment facility for persons with alcohol and drug addiction issues to help them gain skills for a lifetime of sobriety — is hosting its 27th annual golf outing June 24 at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road. Registration is 11 a.m. followed by the opening of the driving range, 11:30 a.m. luncheon, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start and 5:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres/cocktails and presentation. Also included will be various contests and a reception with prizes.
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