Handel’s honored for Akron Children’s support

POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — Akron Children’s Hospital took time out Tuesday to recognize and honor its donors, including individuals, organizations and businesses who help advance the hospital’s mission.

The fourth annual “Champions for our Valley’s Children” celebration dinner took place at The Lake Club in Poland. Since Akron Children’s Hospital’s Beeghly Campus opened in Boardman in 2008, more than $10.4 million has been donated.

The hospital presented Handel’s Ice Cream with the “Champion for Our Valley’s Children” award. In the last five years, Handel’s “Koins for Kids” campaign has raised nearly $175,000 for Akron Children’s Mahoning Valley programs and services.

“We do a lot of work under the radar. We’re not looking for publicity or kudos, but kids mean everything to us,” said Handel’s chief operating officer Jim Brown.

“And the folks that are being honored tonight believe in that and they have helped us raise dollars, philanthropic dollars. They have helped us reach out to organizations within the community and they have taught us lessons, quite honestly, in terms of how to be the very best we can be,” said hospital president and CEO Bill Considine.

Others receiving the Children’s Advocate Awards were:

  • Caring Kids Club
  • Daybreak Youth Crisis Shelter
  • Bob and Chuck Eddy
  • The Junior League of Youngstown
  • Making Kids Count
  • Ryan Pastore
  • Phyllis Ricchiuti
  • James Sisek
  • Wendy Szakacs
  • The Youngstown Symphony Society


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