Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club continues tradition of assisting Hospice of the Valley


By Jordyn Grzelewski

jgrzelewski@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

With its most recent donation to Hospice of the Valley, the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club is cruising ever closer to reaching its goal of a $50,000 gift to the organization that provides end-of-life care.

At its annual Christmas banquet this week, the MVOCC will give $6,142 to Hospice of the Valley. The proceeds are from the club’s summer Cruise Night events at the Austintown Senior Center.

This latest gift is a continuation of a 20-year-long relationship between the two groups. The founding members of the car club chose Hospice of the Valley early on to be a recipient of its charity work, and the bond has only strengthened over the years. Now, the MVOCC has raised $46,799 of the $50,000 that earns the club naming rights to a room at The Hospice House on Sharrott Road in Poland.

“We’re well-pleased with Hospice. We have nothing but praise for Hospice, so we keep on doing it,” said Richard Posivak, chairman of the Cruise Night events.

For Hospice of the Valley, donations such as this allow the organization to provide for patients the things that their insurance might not cover, said business development coordinator Jan Seidler.

“There are patients of ours who are not on Medicare, who have insurance, but unfortunately by the time they get to us, their insurance has run out,” he said. “We turn no one away. That’s what this money helps us do.”

Hospice of the Valley provides services in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Lawrence counties. The organization cares for an average of 300 patients a day, said development director Liz McGarry.

In addition to its contribution to Hospice, the MVOCC also will give $2,500 to the family of a local child in need. The recipient of this year’s Christmas donation is Brooklyn Hostetter, 6, who was born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The defect affects the heart’s blood flow.

That gift, too, is a tradition for the car club, which this year will give a total of $10,000 to children with medical needs.

Since 2004, the MVOCC has raised $118,387 for children in need and Hospice of the Valley.

The club’s Christmas banquet takes place Friday in Canfield.

For more information about the group, which promotes preservation, restoration and enjoyment of antique vehicles, visit www.mvocc.com.

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