Heights Arts hosts Enticing benefit

Honoree Stever Presser, with his family (from left): Brynne Presser Funderburg (daughter),   Debbie Apple-Presser (wife), Merrick Presser (son), Steve Presser, Arleigh Presser (daughter), Alex Purtell ( Arleigh's boyfriend). Son-in-law Nick Funderburg was unable to attend.

On Saturday, July 15, Heights Arts welcomed more than 100 people to its first Enticing benefit.

Thanks to its many supporters, volunteers and attendees, the event was a smashing success, raising almost $20,000 in support of Heights Arts' mission to celebrate the region's literary, musical and visual artists, and share their work with the community.

Heights Arts held the event in a stunning penthouse and glass cube space, overlooking downtown Cleveland—a frequent venue for Heights Arts' always sold-out Close Encounters chamber music series.

Owned by Rick Maron and Judy Eigenfeld, the location was a fitting place in which to honor Steve Presser, founding Heights Arts board member and Big Fun owner, whose steady support of Heights Arts has helped the nonprofit grow. Heights Arts now produces more than 60 programs and events each year.

"It's very fitting to have had this as the place where we would honor Steve,” commented Josh Werling, Heights Arts board president, “as Judy Eigenfeld was Steve's fifth-grade teacher.”

There is already a plan in the works for next year’s benefit, but no reason to wait until then to visit the Heights Arts gallery on Lee Road, and take part in the many programs planned for the coming year.

Rachel Bernstein

Rachel Bernstein is executive director of Heights Arts.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 12:51 PM, 08.01.2017