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Foundation/WKBN Now Accepting Nominations for H.O.P.E. Award Recipient

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5th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award
DUE January 19, 2018


(Youngstown, OH) The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley & WKBN 27 First News “Caring for Our Community” are looking for individuals who are Honorable, Outstanding, Philanthropic and Excellent. If you know that person, nominate them for the 2018 H.O.P.E. Award for Lifetime Achievement. We want nominees who go above and beyond for others in the Valley.

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The H.O.P.E Honorees will be recognized and the recipient announced the night of by the selection committee as they join the ranks of previous honorees. They will be honored at the 8th Annual “WINE FOR HOPE” on Friday, April 13, 2018. The event at The Lake Club in Poland will feature an awards presentation, highlighting the efforts of this year’s honoree as they continue to improve the quality of life for children and families in our community.

Past H.O.P.E recipients include Henry Nemenz (local businessman & grocery store owner), John Gocala, Sr. (retired Youngstown State University police chief), George Gabriel (Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities) and Raymond Morrow (youth advocate). 

Nomination forms, ticket information and sponsorship opportunities can be found at

All entries must be emailed to or postmarked by January 19th


The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (H.F.M.V.), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2007 after the increasing success and popularity of the Game of Hope Charity Basketball Classic. Our unpaid staff, volunteers and supporting individuals and organizations are committed to our mission. They provide charitable and financial support to local charities that share our goal of improving the lives of chronically/terminally ill children. With money raised from donations and our signature fundraisers, The Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000. For more information about The Foundation please visit the website at 

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