Kids' Crew of Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley plans holiday events


The Kids’ Crew of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley is planning two holiday events to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley:

“A Children’s Holiday” tree lighting and fourth anniversary celebration will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Building C on the hospital’s Beeghly Campus located at 6505 Market Street in Boardman. The celebration will feature cocoa, cookies and carols and the lighting of the Children’s holiday tree at 6 p.m. In addition to a visit from Santa Claus, children’s activities will include face painting, crafts, cookie and ornament decorating and more. “A Children’s Holiday” is free and open to the public and is hosted by the Kids’ Crew and sponsored by Eat’n Park, Starbucks, Walmart and The Vindicator.

Continuing the anniversary celebration, the Kids’ Crew of Akron Children Hospital Mahoning Valley will also be hosting their fourth annual “Holiday Hopes and Wishes” luncheon on Friday, Dec. 14 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. A social and shopping begins at 10 a.m. with luncheon served at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person, and advance reservations are required. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available. Reservations may be made by calling 330-746-9122. All proceeds benefit the Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley Special Care Nursery and NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).

The Holiday Hopes and Wishes luncheon will feature a basket raffle, silent auction, holiday bake shoppe and a special raffle for an Apple iPad. Auction items include a Cancun vacation donated by Iberostar Cancun and American Express VTI Travel, American Girl dolls, a Christmas family portrait donated by MMG Photography, Seven Springs ski passes, dance lessons from Fred Astaire Dance Studio, a cocktail party for 10 guests donated by Fusillo Catering, fine dining gift certificates, and other prizes.

Committee members include Donna Hayat and Kathy Dwinnells, co-chairs, Kym Baker, Diane Balog, Carole Bertolini, Kathy Brauer, Cassi Calderon, Cathy Campana, Donna Chiarelli, Betty Cmil, Julie Costas, Roseann Cullen, Georgia D’Andrea, Paula Jakubec, Gayle Kelly, Joyce Kirkpatrick, Diane Lockett, Shirley Raseta, Carol Sankovic, Linda Lee Siegle, Dawn Tomko, Pattie Welsh and Tina Wilkins. Corporate sponsors, as of Nov. 28, include; The DeBartolo Corporation, Handel’s Ice Cream, Homecare with Heart, Huntington Bank, Merrill Lynch – The Jones Group, Panera Bread, PNC Bank, The Simon Family, and Walmart.

The Kids’ Crew of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley is a committee of caring community volunteers interested in making a difference in the lives of children of the Mahoning Valley. The primary purpose of the Kids’ Crew is to provide assistance with hospital-sponsored special events and other fundraising activities. Membership in Kids’ Crew is open to all persons 18 years or older who are interested in Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley and the purpose of the Kids’ Crew. Dues are $15 and are renewable by January 31 of each year. Each Kids’ Crew member will attend quarterly Kids’ Crew general membership meetings and help with a minimum of one hospital-sponsored fundraising event or project and will serve on that project’s subcommittee. Additionally, Kids’ Crew members will receive invitations to all Akron Children’s Hospital events and quarterly Children’s Progress newsletters as well as regular updates. For more information, call 330-746-9122.

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