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Over the last year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to advance nationally and globally, and The Hope Foundation’s number one priority is the health and safety of all our supporters, volunteers, board members and the community as a whole. Due to the unknown length of this outbreak, we have decided to cancel our 10th Annual Wine for Hope event presented by Huntington Bank for the second year straight that was scheduled to take place on Friday, April 16, 2021.

This event is our main source for raising funds to help chronically and terminally ill children and their families. The event annually raises $20,000-$25,000 that helps to fund our programs that we offer, so the Foundation is looking at losses of close to $50,000.“Ryleigh absolutely loves camp and while it’s only a weeklong camp, the friendships she’s gained during that time is extraordinary,” says Ryleigh’s mother. “We couldn’t be more grateful and appreciative of the work done by The Hope Foundation and their generosity to make this dream a reality for our daughter.”We, unfortunately, need to take this action because there are currently too many unknowns with the coronavirus, and it is always our priority to put safety first. We are exercising every resource we have to help our community’s children and their families. If you know of someone that is in need of help, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away. We would also like to thank all our honorees, sponsors and the many dedicated volunteers for everything they do to improve the quality of life of children and families in our community.” More information will be coming soon, and you too can help support our programs by visiting and click on Donate.

Also, the safety of our families is always a top priority. Due to the recent developments in the state of Ohio around the coronavirus, The Hope Foundation has also decided to cancel all national events for National All for the Kids Day on May 15th. We would still like to ask each of you to participate virtually with us. Please visit the How Can I Help section on the website to see how you can still get involved in the celebration today.Michael’s parents applied for and received a grant from The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. This will help cover Michael’s current treatments as well as provide the opportunity to seek additional therapies. “Sometimes, it’s a challenge to remain hopeful, but with the support of The Hope Foundation, we have a renewed sense of optimism and are grateful for their assistance,” said Michael’s mother.We hope you will continue to support the Hope Foundation and make a donation for us to continue and serve the children & their families in our valley. If you would like to contact us, please reach out to us via email with your contact information at We also look forward to seeing everyone at our next Wine for Hope event that will take place Friday, April 29, 2022. Go to to make a donation or send your donation through the envelope in this packet.

The Foundation is grateful for the continuing support of our partners; American Business Centers, Northeast Behavioral Health, IGS, WKBN 27 First News, FOX Youngstown, Komara Jewelers, Lamar Advertising and Minuteman Press of Youngstown.

Lastly, The Hope Foundation thanks everyone for their continued support, and we ask that everyone follow the orders and requests of the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19.  Stay safe and God Bless.

Sincerely Yours,

Anthony Spano                          Jim Vivo                                   Jackie Rizer

The Hope Foundation             Co-Chair(s)                               Co-Chair(s)“Thanks to the compassion and generosity of The Hope Foundation, we’re able to continue giving Brennan the best care and treatment without having to worry about how we’re going to cover these costs,” says Brennan’s Dad.

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