Aliza Sherman bench

A park bench will be dedicated this Mother’s Day in memory of Aliza Sherman, a Beachwood mother of four who was stabbed to death in downtown Cleveland on March 24, 2013.

An event marking the dedication will begin with a brief ceremony at 4:30 p.m. May 10 at Cleveland Metroparks’ South Chagrin Reservation, near the park entrance at 6000 Chagrin River Road in Bentleyville.

In the spirit of Sherman’s ability to bring people together, a cookout and games will also be part of the event. In addition, the dedication is meant to serve as a celebration of mothers both in attendance and who’ve passed. Children and pets are welcome to join the event.

Also at the event, Justice for Aliza, an awareness campaign formed by Sherman’s friends and family in an effort to help solve her murder case, will collect donations aimed at helping local mothers in need in an effort to carry on Sherman’s legacy of making a difference in mothers’ lives. Sherman was a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic’s Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center.

Attendees are asked to bring items such as new baby supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.), women’s toiletries, new or like-new spring clothes and new towels. Those items will be used to fill up Hope Totes that will be donated to Laura’s Home, The City Mission’s women’s crisis center in Cleveland’s Kamm’s Corners neighborhood.

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