The public is invited to Pasta for a Purpose, Thursday, Sept. 5, 4-9 p.m. at Summit Academy Akron Middle School, 464 S. Hawkins Ave. in Akron. The event will support the family of the late Jesse Smith, a student of the school who passed on August 17 unexpectedly.


Tickets ($5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger, or $20 per family) cover the cost of pasta, meatballs, salad and dessert. The event will include raffle drawings and a silent auction, featuring such items as asigned record from The Black Keys.


“It has been a hard start to the year because of this tragedy … The Smith family is very dear to us,” said Principal Crystal Yingling, adding that event proceeds will help offset funeral expenses for the family.


Tickets can be purchased at the door. To provide a donation or to purchase tickets in advance call Summit Academy Middle School at 330-252-1510 or contact .