Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley launches “Vision for our Valley’s Children” Campaign


Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley recently launched the public phase of the multi-year Building on the Promise:  A Vision for our Valley’s Children campaign with the goal of raising $18 million to provide philanthropic support to facilitate ongoing strategic growth and expansion in the Mahoning Valley.  The quiet phase of the campaign, which began during 2013, has raised nearly $6 million in current gifts and future commitments.

The comprehensive campaign will include dollars raised from all areas of fundraising during the next five years including major gifts and grants, annual fund, special events and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals sponsors.  Dollars raised will be used to support continued growth in the Mahoning Valley and will focus on four key priority areas:

Facility and Campus Improvements - From building renovations and facility improvements to new projects and equipment, the goal is to raise $8 million to support capital needs associated with the Mahoning Valley’s long-term growth plans.  Current projects include the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Nursery projects.

Mahoning Valley Fund – The Campaign will raise $6 million for basic annual needs such as charity care, unreimbursed programs and services and outreach and wellness programs.
Endowment and Planned Gifts – The goal includes $2 million in endowment gifts to support future hospital needs while creating a legacy of caring for the children of the Mahoning Valley.
People and Programs – With a goal of $2 million, dollars raised in this focus area will create educational opportunities and scholarships for staff members while bringing new services and clinical care to the region.

The campaign cabinet is made up of members of the Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley Community Leadership Council as well as other business and community leaders.  The Vision for our Valley’s Children campaign cabinet consists of:  Bruce and Nancy Beeghly and Paul and Sallie Dutton, co-chairs; James H. and Linda Sisek, vice-chairs; and committee members Don and Gloria Cagigas Terrance Cloonan, Bill Cushwa, Atty. Jim Davis, Chuck Eddy,  Merv Hollander, Barry Hollis, Katherine Kennedy, Connie Knecht, Rev. Lewis Macklin, Suzanne Myers, Michael Senchak, Reid Schmutz and Jason Wilson.

“Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley has made – and continues to make – a strong investment in our community,” says Bruce Beeghly, who co-chairs the Vision for Our Valley’s Children Leadership Committee along with wife Nancy, and Paul and Sallie Tod Dutton. “It requires an investment by our community to continue the growth and care we provide the children in the Mahoning Valley. Today, we have a solid plan to help make that happen.”

“Our goal is to raise the full amount by December 2018,” says Paul Dutton. “That will be in time to celebrate the hospital’s 10th anniversary.”   Dutton added, “ On behalf of the Tod family, we could not be more pleased with the progress that Akron Children’s has made and the impact they have had on the children of the Mahoning Valley.”

James H. Sisek, Chairman of Farmers Trust, announced a commitment of $3 million from the Kikel Charitable Trust in support of the campaign.  The commitment represents a combination of projected annual distributions along with an additional $1 million pledge that will be paid through the duration of the campaign.

Other lead gifts for the campaign include:

A $1 million gift from Eleanor Watanakunakorn in support of the Special Care Nursery project on the Beeghly campus.  The new Special Care Nursery will be named in honor of her granddaughter Alexis Caroline Watanakunakorn.
A gift of $250,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mahoning Valley and Western PA to create a McFamily Respite Center within the new Akron Children’s Hospital NICU located at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
Major and planned gifts totaling more than $200,000 from the Tod and Dutton families.  The past and current support and commitment of the Tod Family to the children of the Mahoning Valley will be recognized by naming the Beeghly campus’ main lobby in Building D the Tod Family Lobby.
A gift of $100,000 from the SJK Foundation in support of the new NICU located at St. E’s Boardman.
A gift of $100,000 from the Woman’s Board of Youngstown.
A gift of $95,000 from the estate of MaryJo Derenzo.
A gift of $34,000 from the Walter E. and Caroline H. Watson Foundation.
A gift of $25,000 from the estate of James E. “Ed” Thompson.
A gift of $25,000 from The Youngstown Foundation.

Additionally, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley employees committed more than $175,000 during the recent “My Promise, My Children’s” employee campaign.

With current gifts raised during 2013 as well as future gift commitments, a total of $5,984,177 has been raised towards the $18 million campaign goal.  “Our donors and supporters in the Mahoning Valley are instrumental in the growth we’ve achieved thus far,” says JoAnn Stock, director of development at Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley. “Throughout the course of our campaign, they’ll continue playing a vital role in ensuring that high-quality healthcare is available to every child in every family for generations to come.”

To learn more about the campaign and recognition opportunities, contact JoAnn Stock at 330-746-9122 or


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