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About Us

Our History

The Hope Foundation traces its roots back to 2005, during the inaugural Game of Hope Basketball Event. The event, which brought together community leaders in the business, civil service, and local government fields, was organized with the goal of raising money for children battling chronic or terminal illnesses. 

The event left an impression on Founder, Anthony Spano, who left the basketball event motivated to continue these fundraising efforts on a grander scale. After two years of planning and organizing, Anthony Spano and his committee and team officially founded The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley in 2007. Since its founding, The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley has expanded upon the foundation laid by the Game of Hope, raising thousands of dollars for children with chronic or terminal illnesses, while also volunteering their time and organizing events.

The foundation is 100% volunteer with no administrative costs or salaries.

Today, The Hope Foundation has helped over 3,400 children, hosted and participated in more than 50 unique initiatives, and raised an average of $1,500 per initiative. Our Board of Directors is a key part of organizing these events and fundraisers, as they work tirelessly to ensure their success, and that these children receive the assistance they need. The members of our Board volunteer their time and resources to improve the lives of these children.

Whether it be through grants, donations, or volunteer events, everything we do is all for the kids. 

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Our Board of Trustees

Today, our organization is guided by our experienced Board of Trustees. The Board’s responsibility is to establish organizational policies, make decisions on grants and donations, and ensure that each action taken by The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is aligned with our mission and values.

Our Board also includes committees, who review and consider many different requests from eligible individuals, families, and organizations committed to using the funds within our stated mission.

Our Board Members

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Dr. Amy Kaufman


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George Gabriel


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Jennifer Ostapiak


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Justin Yost


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Anita Baal

Board Member

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Ashley Carocci

Board Member

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Catherine Miller

Board Member

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Jackie Rizer

Board Member

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Jim Vivo

Board Member

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Kurt Williams

Board Member

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Kyle Reinke

Board Member

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Patrick Finn

Board Member

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Ray Esparra

Board Member

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Dr. Robert Naples Jr.

Board Member

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Anthony Spano

Founder/Executive Director

Doctor Advisory Board

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Dr. Giorgio Vescera

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Dr. John Cox

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Dr. Robert Naples Jr.

Trustee Emeritus

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

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