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 fundraising events to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

“Breakfast with Santa” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Antone’s Banquet Centre, 8578 Market Street in Boardman. In addition to a full breakfast buffet, the event will feature free photos with Santa Claus, holiday craft and coloring stations, face painting, caroling, dancing, princess story time, and decorate a Dunkin Donut and decorate a candy bar stations.

Santa Claus will be welcomed by a parade of mascots and characters, including the Aut Mori Grotto clowns, the Chick-fil-A Cow, Sir C.C. from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Captain McFinn and Coral Rose from the Eastwood Mall, Scrappy from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Sparky from the Youngstown Phantoms, Pete and Penny from Youngstown State University, Coop from Quaker Steak and Lube, Pete Za Hut from Pizza Hut, Pozzi from the Canton Charge and dancers from the Judy Conti Dance Studio. The entertainers will be available for photos and each child will receive a gift from Santa and a bag of goodies. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children (10 and under). Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-746-9122. Major sponsors include Bob & Chuck Eddy Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Comprehensive Logistics, Clear Channel Youngstown, Hill Barth & King, Making Kids Count and PNC Bank.

The Breakfast with Santa committee includes Betty Cmil and Debbie Shattuck, co-chairs, along with Kids Crew Members Janna Coffin, Julie Costas, Roseann Cullen, Dennis Dively, Roxy Gurlea, Donna Hayat, Gayle Kelly, Jenny Kennedy, Beverly Marinelli, Loretta Uroseva and Pattie Welsh.

The Kids Crew of Akron Children Hospital Mahoning Valley will also be hosting their fifth annual “Holiday Hopes and Wishes” luncheon on Friday, Dec. 13 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. Social and shopping begins at 10 a.m. with lunch 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 grand raffle for an Apple IPad 2, a Samsung 32” flat screen television or a Kindle Fire will also be held.

Committee members include Donna Hayat and Kathy Dwinnells, co-chairs, Kym Baker, Diane Balog, Susan Berny, Kathy Brauer, Donna Chiarelli, Betty Cmil, Julie Costas, Georgia D’Andrea, Heather Davis, Kathy Gough, Roxy Gurlea, Paula Jakubek, Gayle Kelly, Beverly Marinelli, Margaret Nigro, Linda Lee Siegle, Katie Solvesky, Loretta Uroseva and Amanda Watanakunakorn. Corporate sponsors (as of Dec. 2) include; Belmont Pines Hospital, Clear Channel Youngstown, The DeBartolo Corporation, Handel’s Ice Cream, Homecare with Heart, Marcus Thomas, Merrill Lynch – The Jones Group, R.C and Sons Lawn and Landscape, and The Simon Family.

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 Jan. 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 Kids’ Crew updates. For more information, call 330.746.9122.


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