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Hope Foundation Announces its Honorees for the Wine for Hope

A Banquet Hall Full Of People Attending A Hope Foundation Fundraiser

(Youngstown, OH) The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is proud to announce the selection of the 2018 H.O.P.E. “Lifetime Achievement” Honorees. Presented by The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and in association with WKBN 27 First News’ “Caring for Our Community” initiative, the 8th annual Wine for Hope will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 at The Lake Club in Poland 6:30-11pm and will recognize the following individuals for being Honorable. Outstanding. Philanthropic. Excellent.

Honorees include:
Simon Arias, Simon Arias Agencies
Kathy Cook, Mercy Health St. Joseph Warren Hospital
Mary Duke, Teen Straight Talk
Dr. Heather Hrina-Medvec, Ohio Living Home Health/Boo Squad

The H.O.P.E Honorees will be recognized and the recipient of the H.O.P.E. Award will be announced the night of, to join the prestigious ranks of our past recipients highlighting the efforts of this year’s individuals to improve the quality of life of children, families and others in our community.

Past recipients are Raymond Marrow (2017), George Gabriel (2016), Jack Gocala, Sr. (2015) and the late Henry Nemenz (2014).

The evening will be emceed by WKBN 27 First News This Morning Anchor, Dan Martin. Guests will enjoy a full dinner, wine tasting in a commemorative glass, entertainment and an awards ceremony. All proceeds from the event, including a silent auction and raffle baskets will help better the lives of chronically and terminally ill children in the Mahoning Valley.

Mark your calendars! Tickets are $60 per person or $450 for a table of 8 by April 6 and $75 after April 6. They are available online at

The Hope Foundation is grateful for the support of its presenting sponsors American Business Center Inc. and Northeast Behavioral Health, LLC, plus WKBN 27 First News, 33 WYTV, MIX 98.9, Komara Jewelers, Lamar Advertising Company and Minuteman Press of Youngstown.


About 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 and financial assistance for children and their families of up to $2500. For more information about The Foundation please visit the website at

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