On Feb. 19, three area Eat 'n Park restaurants joined forces to present a check for $15,795 to Akron Children's Hospital Boardman Campus. The funds came from the Caring for Kids Campaign and will go towards helping children who need care and services, but can't afford it.
The Boardman store raised roughly $3,400 of the total by holding various events at the store. One event had employees donating their tips.
''We held a Tips for Tops day,'' said Boardman Eat 'n Park manager Stephanie Pavelko. ''All our servers put all the tips for the day together towards the campaign.''
Photo By J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
On Feb. 19, representatives from Eat 'n Park's Warren, Austintown, and Boardman locations met in Austintown to deliver a check for $15,795 to Akron Children's Hospital (ACH), Boardman Campus. The funds were raised during the 'Caring for Kids Campaign.' Pictured are ACH development coordinator Jamie Petrus, Boardman Eat 'n Park shift supervisor Tracey Barron and manager Stephanie Pavelko, Eat 'n Park corporate PR coordinator Becky McArdle and Smiley, portrayed by Caitlin Irion.
There were other fundraisers as well. The restaurant sold raffle tickets for a new car and held a Chinese auction at the store.
Pavelko said the Boardman Eat 'n Park has been contributing to children's hospitals every year since she has joined the company 13 years ago. She said with the Boardman Campus, it is nice to know the donation will stay locally and help children in this area get the services they need to live a healthy life.
''It's nice to support something in our area,'' she said.
The Caring for Kids Campaign is a five-week fundraising effort, which was held during this past holiday season at all Mahoning Valley area Eat 'n Park restaurants, including the Austintown, Boardman and Warren locations. Over the past five years, more than $65,000 has been raised for Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley through the Eat 'n Park Caring for Kids Campaign.
A grand total of $403,256 for children's hospitals and charities across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia was raised during the company's Caring for Kids Campaign, which is in its 35th year. Since it began in 1979, Eat n Parks have raised more than $8.5 million in the campaigns.
ACHDirector of Development Joanna Stock said, ''We are grateful to the Eat 'n Park staff and their customers for all their hard work.''
She said the funds will be used for the many children locally who need services and medical care, but can't afford it.
''The most important aspect of the campaign is that so many families will now be receiving the help that they need,'' said Trina DeMarco, Director of Corporate Giving and Community Partnerships, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group. ''We are thrilled with how much we will be able to give back to the community this year, thanks to the generosity of Eat'n Park's guests, team members, and partners.''
For the fourth consecutive year, the Neighborhood Ford Store has partnered with Eat'n Park to contribute a brand new Ford to be raffled with the proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets donated to the campaign. All three local Eat n Parks restaurants helped with selling the raffle tickets, which numbered more than 56,000 and raised a total of $113,000. George Seckar, a lucky Eat 'n Park guest from Lower Burrell, Pa., won a 2014 Ford Fusion,
''The Neighborhood Ford Store is such an impactful and integral part of the campaign's success,'' said DeMarco. ''We are so appreciative of their support and our strong partnership with them.''
The Neighborhood Ford Store is comprised of 81 Ford dealers in southwest Pennsylvania, southeast Ohio, and the panhandles of Maryland and West Virginia.