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


The Kids’ Crew of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley is planning a number of holiday events to benefit the hospital’s patient care programs.

“A Children’s Holiday” tree lighting and third anniversary celebration will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 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, Eat’n Park, Starbucks and Walmart.

For a donation of $10, donors can sponsor a light on the holiday tree in honor or celebration of a special child by contacting JoAnn Stock, Akron Children’s director of development, at 330-746-9122.

As part of the week-long celebration, the Kids Crew of Akron Children Hospital Mahoning Valley will also be hosting their third annual “Holiday Hopes and Wishes” luncheon on Friday, Dec. 9 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. A social and shopping begins at 10 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $30 per person and advance reservations are required. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available. Reservations may be made by calling 330-746-9122.

The Holiday Hopes and Wishes event will feature a basket raffle, silent auction and holiday bake shop. Auction items include two American Girl Dolls, Cecile and Marie Grace, four tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers/Cleveland Browns game on Jan. 1, and other prizes.

Committee members include Donna Hayat and Kathy Dwinnells, co-chairs, Cathy Campana, Donna Chiarelli, Betty Cmil, Julie Costas, Paula Jakubec, Gayle Kelly, Tricia Potesta, Linda Lee Siegle and Pattie Welsh. Corporate sponsors as of Nov. 15 include: Belmont Pines Hospital, The DeBartolo Corporation, Handel’s Ice Cream, Huntington Bank, Joy Cone, Marcus Thomas, Merrill Lynch, Panera Bread, PNC Bank, Simco Management Corporation, Walmart and Weathertite Windows.

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 adults 18 years or older. For more information, call 330-746-9122.

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