A wedding with a twist

Longtime member will tie the knot at Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland today

Family values will be reinforced and redefined at an unusual wedding ceremony on Friday.

Lexus Spence, 23, will marry Roy Edwards not in a church or park but at Cleveland’s King Kennedy Boys & Girls Club, the neighborhood sanctuary she credits with keeping her life on track. So much so that she has asked Ron Soeder, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, to serve as the honorary father of the bride and Allen Smith, BGCC’s director of operations and an ordained minister, to officiate. Smith has also been counseling the couple.

“I was so honored when she asked me to walk her down the aisle,” Soeder said.

Three of Lexus’ bridesmaids are also Club kids.  Lexus is an 11-year Club member.

Club staff and members will provide musical support and decorate the gym. One of the Club’s passenger vans has also been transformed into a makeshift limousine for the couple. Club members will be among the 100-125 people in attendance; approximately 90 percent of members come from single-parent households

Lexus will graduate from Tiffin University this spring.  Roy is a December graduate of Tiffin who is enlisting in the U.S. Army.  Tammy Garfield, the mother of the bride, and Kathleen Miles, mother of the groom, will be in attendance.