Henry Nemenz earns HOPE honors

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Folks enjoy an evening sampling fine wines and delicious food– to raise money for chronically and terminally ill kids in the Mahoning Valley.

It’s the fourth annual Bella Nitesh Wine for Hope fundraiser, at Antone’s Banquet Center in Boardman.

All the money raised stays right here, to help The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley provide grants and services for sick children, and their families.

This year, the foundation features longtime valley businessman Henry Nemenz as honorary chairman of the event.

Nemenz is also the first-ever recipient of the HOPE award, for his lifetime achievement and philanthropic contributions.

“With that opportunity of being blessed, you gotta pass it on and help others, it’s something that I’ve learned– one thing I don’t have in my vocabulary is the word ‘no’,” said Henry Nemenz, H.O.P.E. Award recipient.

“We wanted to give back to the community, as the community has been so generous to us, it’s what makes our foundation, it’s the volunteers and the community as a whole that makes the foundation,” said Anthony Spano, HOPE Foundation of the Mahoning Valley founder and executive director.

WKBN 27 First News anchor Erika Thomas served as master of ceremonies for tonight’s program.

In addition to the wine and food– there were great prizes being auctioned and raffled off to raise money as well.


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