Kikel Charitable Trust to be named “Champion for our Valley’s Children” at Mahoning Valley event


At the second annual “Champions for our Valley’s Children” celebration dinner to be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:00 p.m. at The Lake Club in Poland, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will recognize its donors and present The Kikel Charitable Trust with the 2012 “Champion for our Valley’s Children” award. Four individuals and organizations will also be honored with the first annual Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley “Children’s Advocate Award.”

The “Champions for our Valley’s Children” event will highlight Akron Children’s progress in the Mahoning Valley and will recognize those who have helped to make it possible, including donors, volunteers, staff, and community partners. “In 2011, a total of 1,919 donors contributed $2,151,000 to support our local programs and services,” said JoAnn Stock, Akron Children’s director of development. “We are so very grateful for the support of Children’s programs and services in the Mahoning Valley,” Stock added. Since the opening of the Beeghly Campus in Boardman in 2008, more than $5.3 million has been donated to support the mission of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

At the “Champions for our Valley’s Children” event, special recognition will be given to The Kikel Charitable Trust for their outstanding support and generosity. The Kikel Charitable Trust, and posthumously, the Kikel Sisters, Angela, Josephine and Jenny, will be presented with the “Champion for our Valley’s Children” award. James H. Sisek, President and CEO of Farmers Trust, manager of the Kikel Charitable Trust, will accept the award. In March of 2011, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley was named as the residual beneficiary of one-half of the Kikel Charitable Trust which was created upon the death of the last sister, Angela, in 1998. Each year, interest earned on the Trust will be distributed to the local hospital to support Mahoning Valley programs and services.

The initial distribution of $1,070,306 was received in August of 2011 and has been used to expand and upgrade services in the radiology department at the Akron Children’s Beeghly Campus in Boardman. Improvements include installing new equipment including an MRI with anesthesia capabilities, software upgrades and redesigning rooms and machinery to create a more efficient and child-friendly environment. Mr. William H. Considine, Akron Children’s President and CEO, said, “These changes will enable our Mahoning Valley patients to receive care closer to home, and at the same time allow for faster patient scan times with improved image quality.”

At the “Champions for our Valley’s Children” event, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will also recognize four individuals and organizations with the first annual Children’s Advocate Award. “The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals and organizations throughout the Mahoning Valley who exhibit the spirit of caring and who are working to make a difference in the lives of the children of the communities we serve,” said Stock. The recipients of the first annual Children’s Advocate Awards are, Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, Brian Forward owner of Mahoning Valley Vacuum, Potential Development Program and the R.O.C.c.K. Children’s Choir. “We are pleased to recognize this outstanding group of honorees as the first recipients of our Children’s Advocate Awards,” Stock added.

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Kikel Charitable Trust named “Champion for our Valley’s Children” at Mahoning Valley event

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