Handel’s Ice Cream to be named “Champion for our Valley’s Children”


Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will recognize its donors and present Handel’s Ice Cream with the 2014 “Champion for our Valley’s Children” award at the 4th annual Champions for our Valley’s Children dinner to be held on Tuesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at The Lake Club in Poland.  Eleven individuals and organizations will also be honored with the “Children’s Advocate Award.”

Champions for our Valley’s Children will highlight Akron Children’s progress in the Mahoning Valley and recognize those who have helped to make it possible, including donors, volunteers, staff and community partners.

“In 2013, a total of 2,139 donors contributed more than $3 million 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. Since the opening of the Beeghly campus in Boardman in 2008, more than $10.4 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 Handel’s Ice Cream for their outstanding support and generosity through the signature “Koins for Kids” campaign.  During the past five years, the Handel’s “Koins for Kids” campaign has raised nearly $175,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley programs and services. Thousands of children from schools in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties participate in this holiday campaign, which is conducted each Decembe. Students raise funds by selling and personalizing snowman-shaped ornaments.  More than 90,000 children have participated since the campaign began.

“The Handel’s “Koins for Kids” campaign also provides the children of the Mahoning Valley with an opportunity to learn the importance of giving and helping others,” said Stock.

Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will also recognize eleven individuals and organizations with the “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 children in the communities the hospital services. The recipients are: Caring Kids Club, Daybreak Youth Crisis Shelter, Bob and Chuck Eddy, The Junior League of Youngstown, Making Kids Count, Ryan Pastore, Phyllis Ricchiuti, James Sisek, Esq., Wendy Szakacs and The Youngstown Symphony Society.


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