Our History

In 2005, a group of small business owners, firefighters, union leaders, and elected officials took part in the inaugural Game of Hope basketball game. The idea for the event was to raise money to help improve the lives of local children who were battling chronic and/or terminal illnesses.

The event struck a chord with Anthony Spano, who sought to continue the tradition established by the Game of Hope, but on a wider scale. In 2007, Spano founded The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, which works with volunteers, funding and sponsorship partners, and its dedicated board of trustees to improve the quality of life for our community’s chronically and terminally ill children and their families.

Our Board of Trustees

The Hope Foundation is governed by the dedicated members of our Board of Trustees, who are responsible for establishing the policies for grants or donations consistent with the stated purpose for which The Hope Foundation was established. The Grant Committee of the Board of Trustees considers requests for grants from all eligible individual/families and/or organizations committed to using the funds within The Hope Foundation’s mission. (Updated January 11, 2019)

Hope Foundation Brochure

Board Members (Term Expire)

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Doctors Advisory Board

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Trustee Emeritus

  • Adam Tokash
  • Dr. Harold Yiannaki
  • Larry Ryan
  • Maria Constantino
  • Nick Graham
  • Scott Schulick
  • Sharon Schroeder