Longtime Fox 13 News anchor Mearl Purvis is one of nine local celebrities who will be slinging cocktails for party-goers tonight (October 27) at Strut Memphis, a benefit for the Community Legal Center, a nonprofit that provides pro bono legal services for the city’s working poor.
When asked why she decided to leave her seat at the anchor desk to pour drinks behind the bar for the evening, Purvis said, “”Almost every day during our newscast, it pops up – a story about crooks who scam innocent people. Today, a report surfaced about a 95-year-old lady whose identity was stolen. That senior citizen may end up having to hire an attorney to get the mess straightened out. If she is living on a fixed income and above the poverty level, but can’t afford an attorney, the Community Legal Center is her best chance for relief. When I think about a predicament like that for a senior citizen, getting a little bubbly wasted on my skirt to help out is a no brainer.”