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Hope Foundation Announces its 2019 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 2019 H.O.P.E. “Honorees for Lifetime Achievement.” Presented by Huntington Bank and in association with WKBN 27 First News’ “Caring for Our Community” initiative, the H.O.P.E winner will be announced at the 9th Annual Wine for Hope, which will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at The Lake Club in Poland from 6:30-11pm.

“This year we had a remarkable group of honorees from the public, which I feel says a lot about this great community,” says Stacie Curtis, Hope Foundation Board Member and committee chair. “This year we had 7 great nominees, which we could not narrow down. We’re extremely excited to honor these individuals with this great event. Each year, we have grown the event and this year is no different, all because of the wonderful honorees both past and present,” she added.All H.O.P.E. honorees will be recognized and the award that evening with the winner set to join the prestigious ranks of our past recipients highlighting the efforts of those working to improve the quality of life of children, families and others in our community.

Honorees include:
Michael Currington, Warren Police Department
Ed DiGregorio, YSU Women’s Basketball Coach (Ret.)/Community Volunteer)
Rey Esparra, GBS
Ricky Pasco, Community Volunteer
Mackenzie Pasco, Community Volunteer
Corey J. Patrick, Youngstown Business Incubator
Deryck Toles, Inspiring Minds

Past recipients of the H.O.P.E Award are Kathy Cook (2018), Raymond Marrow (2017), George Gabriel (2016), Jack Gocala, Sr. (2015) and the late Henry Nemenz (2014).Event sponsorships, reserved table and single ticket seating are available by contacting Anthony Spano at / 330.728.2669 or by going to Tickets to the event are $60 per person or $450 for a table of 8 & $75 after March 31.

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.

The Hope Foundation is grateful for the support of our partnering sponsors; American Business Center Inc., IGS, Northeast Behavioral Healthcare plus WKBN 27 First News, MIX 98.9, Komara Jewelers, Lamar Advertising Company, Phantom Fireworks 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 $2,500. For more information about The Foundation, please visit the website at

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