Oak Grove Manor is pleased to partner with the Ohio State University Alumni Club of Richland County to sponsor the appearance of Earle Bruce, former head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, at the 33rd Annual Beat Michigan – Buckeye Bash, Monday Nov. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

The event, which has become a yearly ritual for many Richland County Buckeye fans, will be held at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center at 890 W. Fourth St. in Mansfield.

Although best known as the head coach who followed Woody Hayes, Coach Bruce is also widely renowned around Ohio as a high school coach. For 13 years he taught history and coached in high school teams in football, basketball and baseball across the state. In fact, his first coaching job was as an assistant football coach at Mansfield Senior High in 1953.

For several years, Coach Bruce has served as a spokesperson for Oak Grove Manor and other healthcare centers under the management of Peregrine Health Services across the state of Ohio. He is particularly involved in the long-term care needs of those dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia related disorders, having lost both his father and his sister to the disease. He regularly speaks out about Alzheimer’s, raising funds for the Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund at The Ohio State University.

Other special guests include Pete Johnson, who played fullback at OSU from 1973-1976; former running back Michael Wiley who earned Big Ten honors; Courtland Bullard, who played outside linebacker from 1996-1999; former defensive end James Cotton, who was selected to the All Big Ten Second Team in 1999; Obie Stillwell, who played at OSU from 1998-1999; and to entertain bash-goers, members of The Ohio State University marching band.

Buckeye Bash XXXIII will feature tailgating foods, a cash bar, and live and silent auctions.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Richland County Scholarship Endowment Fund. For more information on the event, or to reserve tickets, contact John Butler of the OSU Alumni Association of Richland County at 419-884-1982 or buckeyebash@gmail.com