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Spano Foundation Establishes Nationwide Fund in Conjunction w/National Kids Day

Having a child who suffers from a chronic or terminal illness, or has sustained an injury, is difficult enough without having to worry about the financial costs that come with it. However, those costs are an unfortunate reality for many families locally, regionally and nationally.

Click here to learn more about the All for the Kids Fund!

The All for the Kids Fund was established to help children suffering from a chronic or terminal illness or an injury in conjunction with National ALL for the KIDS Day on May 15th. Often, with limited resources, families & organizations are doing everything in their power to provide the highest level of care and comfort for their loved ones. This fund will assist programs & families who are financially struggling to help their child who is chronically or terminally ill or who may be suffering from an injury.

A mom shared this story, “The day my daughter was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney disease was a moment of sheer terror and confusion. Everything I knew and believed was tested. Getting to soccer practice on time suddenly seemed trivial. Testing, medical procedures, medications, hospitalization, learning medical lingo and putting on that brave face for my child puts you in a place you never thought you would be. The fear of outcomes and the everyday anxiety tied to uncertainty can be debilitating. With the help of organizations, like the Spano Foundation, and All for The Kids Day, I know that there is a whole community of individuals and organizations that understand that my daughter, and kids like her, thrive when they know they are not alone and there are opportunities for support.” -Cristina N. of Hilliard, Ohio

The fund’s goal is to raise at least $15,000, to start, so we are able to help assist programs and families caring for their chronically or terminally ill children, or to help those who have children who have suffered from an injury. Additionally, proceeds from the selling of all apparel promoting National All for the Kids Day will benefit this fund while helping to create awareness for the ongoing struggles for these families and children.

You can help to spread the message and support the fund by making a donation, or purchasing apparel, by visiting AllForKidsDay.org, sharing on social media, and by purchasing apparel and take a photo wearing the items and sharing it on social media throughout the year. The more that people share the more we can raise awareness for this great cause. Donate Now at www.spanofoundation.com/kids.

Foundations Launches National day for Kids New Website & Awareness

The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and Anthony V. Spano Foundation announce the launch of a new website, AllForKidsDay.org, to help raise awareness for the families with children suffering from a chronic or terminal illness or those who have sustained an injury.  In an effort to raise awareness, Anthony Spano, Founder & Executive Director of The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley & the Spano Foundation, saw the need for assisting these families right in the Mahoning Valley.  They soon recognized that the need for assistance reached well beyond the valley, so they joined with a national network of organizations, community leaders and legislators all sharing a mission to proclaim May 15 All for the Kids Day, a national day of recognition, in March of 2016.

Chronic and terminal illnesses impact the lives of tens of thousands of children daily in the United States. These conditions affect not only the everyday life and activities of a child but present challenges for parents, siblings, families, and friends. Children with chronic and terminal illnesses also require extensive therapies and medical care all of which can come at a great cost, to families financially and emotionally. All for the Kids Day provides hope and support for these kids and their families.

A mom shared this story, “The day my daughter was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney disease was a moment of sheer terror and confusion. Everything I knew and believed was tested. Getting to soccer practice on time suddenly seemed trivial. Testing, medical procedures, medications, hospitalization, learning medical lingo and putting on that brave face for my child puts you in a place you never thought you would be. The fear of outcomes and the everyday anxiety tied to uncertainty can be debilitating. With the help of organizations, like the Spano Foundation, and All for the Kids Day, I know that there is a whole community of individuals and organizations that understand that my daughter, and kids like her, thrive when they know they are not alone and there are opportunities for support.”

-Cristina N. of Hilliard, Ohio

Make a difference and be a part of a nationwide movement to gain federal recognition for All for the Kids Day and show these children and their families that they are not alone. You can support this movement by making a tax-deductible donation towards the fund or by purchasing a T-shirt to support this worthwhile cause and spread the word on social media. #AllforKidsDay | #ItsALLfortheKIDS

Visit AllForKidsDay.org for more information, to make donation or to purchase a T-shirt.

From duct-taped shoes to $11M: Man leaves surprise donations

In this Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, photo, from left, Rebecca Schaechter, Nicole Herron and Rachel Herron fold and sort donated clothes at Treehouse, a nonprofit organization in Seattle that serves the needs of children in the foster-care system. The charity was one of several that received donations from the $11 million secret estate of Alan Naiman — a social worker who died from cancer earlier in 2018 after living a private life of frugality and concern for children facing hardship. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Alan Naiman was known for an unabashed thriftiness that veered into comical, but even those closest to him had no inkling of the fortune that he quietly amassed and the last act that he had long planned.

The Washington state social worker died of cancer this year at age 63, leaving most of a surprising $11 million estate to children’s charities that help the poor, sick, disabled and abandoned. The amount baffled the beneficiaries and his best friends, who are lauding Naiman as the anniversary of his death approaches in January.

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That’s because the Seattle man patche up his shoes with duct tape, sought deals at the grocery store deli at closing time and took his best friends out to lunch at fast-food joints.

Naiman, who died unmarried and childless, loved kids but also was intensely private, scrimping, investing and working extra jobs to stockpile money that he rarely spent on himself after seeing how unfair life could be for the most vulnerable children, his friends say.

They believe a lifelong devotion to his older brother who had a developmental disability influenced Naiman, though he rarely spoke of it. The brother died in 2013, the same year Naiman splurged on a sports car – a modestly priced Scion FR-S.

“Growing up as a kid with an older, disabled brother kind of colored the way he looked at things,” close friend Susan Madsen said.

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Anthony V. Spano Foundation Manages New Fund, Books and Basketball Fund

 

Anthony V. Spano Foundation Manages New Fund, Books and Basketball Fund

Books & Basketball of Ohio, founded in 2018, gives underprivileged youth the opportunity to learn skills that will enrich them for a lifetime.

Retired Hubbard schoolteacher, with 30 years of teaching experience, as well as a director of teacher education and professor at Eastern Gateway Community College in Ohio for nearly 6 years, Coach Dave Konczal is a strong believer in academics and basketball since he also was a head girl’s basketball coach for Southington, Hubbard, Warren JFK and Cortland Lakeview High Schools in Ohio.

DONATE NOW to the Books and Basketball Fund

In 2018, Coach Konczal founded Books & Basketball of Ohio, Inc. after seeing first hand the need to help our underprivileged youth realize their dreams of participating in sports through books and tutoring.

Participation in sports can be costly but that time in the gym is an opportunity to teach the youth the value of cooperation and teamwork.  And success in education goes hand in hand with providing a solid foundation for success in their future.

Not all youth can afford to play sports so education is a mandatory part of having the opportunity to play.  Books & Basketball tutors all the youth and in return, they can pursue their passion to play sports.

The funds raised go the long-term existence of the organization and towards the costs of programs. And the long-term benefits of the education, cooperation, and teamwork will last a lifetime.

Dave Konczal stated “We are extremely lucky to team up with the Spano Foundation as we move toward expanding our service area.  There is so much that we didn’t know how to do and we are blessed to have Anthony Spano and the Spano Foundation to take care of all the details and management of our fund.  There are so many benefits when partnering with an established nonprofit that allows us to focus on what we do best … help our youth!”

Books & Basketball Fund will be under the umbrella of the Anthony V. Spano Foundation.  By setting up the fund with the Spano Foundation it enables Books & Basketball of Ohio to increase the impact of their mission by reaching more potential donors.  This will enable them to focus more on helping the youth of the valley.

To find out more about this fund, and how you can impact a youth for the rest of their life, visit SpanoFoundation.com/Books. #BooksandBasketballMV

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The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and fiscal sponsor whose mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing a healthier, sustainable quality of life and by helping individuals/groups with their philanthropic passions by turning them into an impactful mission.

Boo Squad Fund Honors Children in the Community

Boo Squad Fund Honors Children in the Community

More info about the #BooSquadFund

Children between the ages of three and 10-years-old are learning what it takes to be a helpful member of the community by taking part in the ‘Boo Squad.’ The Boo Squad is a Fund under the umbrella of the Anthony V Spano Foundation, which is a non profit 501 c 3 organization that supports these individuals and groups for the passion of there cause.

Wednesday night, 10 outstanding kids were honored for their volunteer work at the Embassy in Struthers.

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The Boo Squad is a group for children to join to help out their community. It was founded three years ago.

The kids participate in various things to teach them the importance of compassion and acceptance.
Children who take part in the Boo Squad help host fundraisers throughout the year to raise money to help those in need.

“I hope if anything they’ve taken away from tonight, it’s to be kind to their neighbors, to help others, if they see someone that’s different from them just go up to them and say hello. Tonight wasn’t about how much money we raised it was truly to inspire these kids to get involved in their community,” said Heather Hrina-Medvec, Boo Squad director.

 

Funds held by The Spano Foundation.

Click the fund for more information: Helping in Need Fund, School Supplies Fund, & Jason Grimaldi Fund.

 

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Source: WYTV

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The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and fiscal sponsor whose mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing a healthier, sustainable quality of life and by helping individuals/groups with there philanthropic passions by turning them into an impactful mission.

Make an Impact in our Community! | Board Looking to Expand

Make an Impact in our Community! | Board Looking to Expand

DUE October 10, 2018

(Youngstown, OH) The Anthony V Spano Foundation is looking to expand its Board of Trustees to make a bigger impact on our community. We are seeking leaders who are passionate about making an impact and assisting the community. We are growing our Board of Trustees, as well as serving more individuals and organizations. All who are interested are encouraged to apply.

Apply for Spano Foundation Board of Trustees (Click Here)


WHO WE ARE
The Anthony V. Spano Foundation’s mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing, both directly and through qualifying institutions, the financial assistance necessary for them to enjoy a healthier, sustainable quality of life and to help individuals or groups create funds. Our unpaid staff, volunteers and supporting individuals and organizations are committed to our mission. For more information about The Foundation please visit the website at www.SpanoFoundation.com.


Expectations of Board Members
The time commitment for board members varies and is approximately 1-4 hours per month depending on activities and committees. Board meetings are held 1-2 times a year schedule by the Board (unless a major conflict arises), with committees between those schedule meetings. Most board meetings are held from 5:30-7pm.

In addition to attending these meetings, we ask Board members to:

  • Provide oversight of the Spano Foundation finances (fiduciary responsibility).
  • Help grow our movement by networking with potential Spano Foundation supporters & starting fund potentials.
  • Positively represent Spano Foundation and helping in the long term in the community.
  • Actively participate in discussions, decisions and policy making about the direction of the organization.
  • Help with some fundraising and volunteer efforts.
  • Full Board of Trustee Job Descriptions (Click Here).


Applying for Board Membership
Our Board of Trustees are seeking applicants for Board service. To help us, interested potential board members are asked to submit an application. Apply NOW for the Spano Foundation Board of Trustees (Click Here).

Here are some great reasons why you should Join a Non-Profit Board:  https://www.joangarry.com/reasons-join-nonprofit-board/.

Applications is DUE by October 10, 2018. 

2nd Annual Benefit & Poker Run to benefit the Jason Grimaldi Fund

It’s time for the second annual Halligans and Hooligans event to benefit the Jason C. Grimaldi Fund!

This year’s event includes a Bike Run and live music from The Captain’s Mast, a Classic Rock band from the Youngstown area.

This year the party will be at 5 PM Sept. 30 at O’Donolds in Austintown. Watch for a great live music line up, and new this year– a bike run twisting through Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties!

Mark your calendars and get ready to join the kilted fun!

Bike Run info: Route Stops include Faces Lounge in Newton Falls, BB Rooners in Salem, Stagecoach Restaurant and Lounge in North Lima and Wylle E. Coyote’s in Austintown. We’ll end up at O’Donolds in Austintown where we’ll really get the party started!

DETAILS:
Jason C. Grimaldi Fund
Benefit and Poker run
Date: September 30, 2018
Starts and Ends at O’Donolds Austintown
Registration starts at 9 am
First bike out at 11 am, last bike in at 5pm.
– Best and worst hands win a prize, chance to buy an extra card at the end
– Food, spirit, entertainment and basket auction at end of run.
$15.00 Driver/ $10.00 passenger

Now, his family and friends are coming together to honor his life and carry on in the causes close to his heart. The Jason C. Grimaldi Fund  will support the causes Jason held dear: the local arts, family activities and science education for young people.

ABOUT THE FUND:
The Jason C. Grimaldi Fund is a dedicated fund of the Anthony V. Spano Foundation. This Fund was created to honor a brilliant, vibrant and larger than life father, firefighter and friend was taken from us without warning. Click Here for more info on the fund.

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The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing, both directly and through qualifying institutions, the financial assistance necessary for them to enjoy a healthier, sustainable quality of life.

Spano Foundation Receives Gift to Start New Fund | Name New Fund

OEA Educational Foundation Donates to Start New School Supply Fund

 DONATE to SCHOOL FUND | CONTEST: Name New Fund

(August 14, 2018, Youngstown, OH) – This past month, Ohio Education Association Educational Foundation made a generosity donation of $4,100, which will make it possible for the Anthony V. Spano Foundation to establish their new school supply fund.  The purpose of this new fund is to help primary and secondary school teachers & students purchase much-needed classroom supplies for their underprivileged students and further their education.  The goal is to raise $10,000 over time so that school districts, families and teachers will be able to apply for grants to help offset the costs that they were paying out of their own personal funds.

In 2015, there was a staggering 12,537,000 children living in poverty in the United States. In 2016, there were 525,000 children in Ohio living in poverty and the July 2016 census reported that 96,366 people in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties live in poverty. The children are the ones who feel the impact of poverty the most … at home and at school.  Many families are unable to afford the much-needed school supplies to help their young ones succeed.  And many school systems no longer have the budgets to provide teachers and their students with many of even the most basic classroom needs.  This new fund will help kids learn and achieve better educational outcomes. You can donate to this cause at www.spanofoundation.com/school.

We need your help naming our new school supplies fund! | Friends.  It’s time to get creative.

We need your help naming this fund.  Have a great idea for a name for us?  Enter your suggestion on the Anthony V. Spano Foundation at www.spanofoundation.com/school between August 14 and September 30.  If your entry is chosen you will be spotlighted on our website, as well as have a lifelong satisfaction knowing you helped us generate donations that will benefit kids in our community for years to come.

More information about the Spano Foundation to Start a Fund, go to www.spanofoundation.com.

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The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing, both directly and through qualifying institutions, the financial assistance necessary for them to enjoy a healthier, sustainable quality of life.

Foundations Come Together to Create a Team for Panerathon 2018 “Team Hope” | #HopeHealthlyLiving

In partnership with The Hope Foundation of The Mahoning Valley & the Spano Foundation

DONATE NOW | REGISTER FOR #TEAMHOPE

(August 1, 2018 Youngtown, Ohio) Join the Anthony V. Spano Foundation and The Hope Foundation of The Mahoning Valley this year for Panerathon 2018 along with two of their sponsors … Raymond Chiropractic and the Shaklee Corporation.  We are all working together to raise awareness and promote healthy living in our community and improve the quality of life in the Mahoning Valley.

More about #HOPEHEALTHYLIVING & the Hope Difference.

Follow the link below to register to walk with Team Hope on August 26th in downtown Youngstown.  Members from both Foundations, along with our sponsors, will also be walking that day to help raise funds for the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.  https://www.raceentry.com/races/panerathon/2018/register

Team Registration is $20.00 per person and the deadline to pre-register is Friday, August 17th to receive a dry-fit shirt or August 20th to receive a cotton t-shirt.  When you use the link, below, go to Team Registration, click Register Teammate and then under team choose Team Hope!  Most of us will be doing the 2-mile walk.

Packet pickup will be on Saturday, August 25 from 9am-noon outside of the Phantoms Team Shop at the Covelli Centre.  This will be the only packet pickup prior to August 26th.  If you are unable to attend the packet pickup, you will need to arrive on-site early, about 8am, the day of the race to pick up your materials.  All team members are responsible for picking up their own packets.

More details on packet pickup are available on the Panerathon site under the FAQs section.

To make additional donations to help improve the quality of life in the Mahoning Valley, please go to www.Hopemv.org, click on the Donate button, and choose the Team Hope Campaign/Event for your donation.  All proceeds will be divided between The Hope Foundation of The Mahoning Valley, the Anthony V. Spano Foundation and the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.

NOTE: Team Hope will have team fun conditioning beginning August 1st until race day.  If you would like to prepare for the race, with the team, please contact Anthony Spano at 330-728-2669 or avspano@hopemv.org for more details.  The day of the race, all team members should meet at 9am outside the WKBN tent.

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The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing, both directly and through qualifying institutions, the financial assistance necessary for them to enjoy a healthier, sustainable quality of life.  For more information about the Foundation please visit SpanoFoundation.com.

The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley (H.F.M.V.), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2007 after the increasing success and popularity of the Game of Hope Charity Basketball Classic.  Our unpaid staff, volunteers and supporting individuals and organizations are committed to our mission.  They provide charitable and financial support to local charities that share our goal of improving the lives of chronically/terminally ill children.  With money raised from donations and our signature fundraisers, The Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000.  For more information about The Foundation please visit the website at HopeMV.org.

The Spano Foundation and Quaker Steak & Lube Partner for “Bike Night”

The Spano Foundation is teaming up with Quaker Steak & Lube, celebrating 44 years of award winning wings.  With 44 years under its belt, and many more to come, Quaker Steak & Lube has positioned itself as the sports and wing haven for wing fanatics across the area.

 

Quaker Steak & Lube plans an outdoor “Bike Night” in the Summer 2018 in Cortland, Ohio on June 15, July 27, & August 31.  This party will help celebrating the return of a tradition and help raise money for the Spano Foundation, which will help raise money to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing, both directly and through qualifying institutions, the financial assistance necessary for them to enjoy a healthier, sustainable quality of life & the funds it supports; the Boo Squad & the Jason Grimaldi Fund, just to name a few. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the foundation. The foundation is ran by 100% volunteers and has no staff or administrative costs. Any group(s) or individual(s) can #StartaFund and help the community as a whole. More information can be found at www.spanofoundation.com.

“We’re proud to partner with the Anthony V. Spano Foundation on several Bike Nite events this summer, including ‘Bouncing Biker Boxing’ on June 15 to help them raise money for people in need in our community!” Philip Hall, Regional Marketing Manager

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About Quaker Steak & Lube®

The Quaker Steak & Lube® brand includes nearly 50 locations in fourteen states across the U.S. Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants combine unique décor, including gas station memorabilia, classic cars, motorcycles, and race cars suspended from the ceilings with crave-able food and high-octane entertainment events. Quaker Steak & Lube has won hundreds of national and international awards for its food and more than 20 wing sauces.  For more information about Quaker Steak & Lube, please visit www.thelube.com.

 

About TA Restaurant Group
The TA Restaurant Group includes more than 880 quick service restaurants, full service restaurants, and ten proprietary restaurant brands including Quaker Steak & Lube®, Iron Skillet and Country Pride. The TA Restaurant Group is a division of TravelCenters of America LLC. For more information about TA and the TA Restaurant Group, please visit www.ta-petro.com. For more information about Quaker Steak & Lube, including franchise opportunities nationwide, please visit www.thelube.com.

 

About Anthony V Spano Foundation
The Anthony V. Spano Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively affect the lives of individuals and/or families in need by providing, both directly and through qualifying institutions, the financial assistance necessary for them to enjoy a healthier, sustainable quality of life.