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Sweet treat buffet helps raise money

Published: Fri, June 9, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Guests lined up as they picked out different chocolate treats during the second annual Chocolate Fest hosted by the Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown on May 11.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.The Magic Tree Pub and Eatery was filled with guests supporting the Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown during the second Chocolate Fest on May 11.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.A buffet table was filled with different chocolate snacks during the second annual Chocolate Fest hosted by the Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown.


Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Guests at the Chocolate Fest at the Magic Tree in Boardman went through the chocolate buffet line picking out different chocolate snacks.



The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown hosted its second annual Chocolate Fest on May 11 at The Magic Tree Pub and Eatery.

The Chocolate Fest provided an opportunity for guests to enjoy an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet, participate in a 50/50 raffle, a basket auction and wine specials. All of the money raised went back to the Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown to help the families in the program. Last year the event brought in around 80 people and this year there was a growth and more than 100 people attended.

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown is a non-profit organization that provides referrals, volunteers, funding and services to help maintain normalcy for families experiencing serious illness. The mission primarily focuses on children, but encompasses adults as well.

“Every last bit of chocolate has been donated. Every last ounce of this that we make goes to the families,” said Nagy.

In the first year, the Foundation has spent around $10,500 worth of goods and services to the Youngstown community and the families they are helping. There are currently three families the Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown has adopted into the program and they are hoping after the fundraiser, they will be able to adopt one or two more.

Janelle Nagy, the founder of the Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown, created the one in Youngstown when she moved to the area. The original Piggyback Foundation that Nagy was part of was founded in Norwalk and when the founder gave Nagy her blessing, she was thrilled to be able to start the Foundation in Youngstown.

“Everything is local. All of the kids and families are local,” said Nagy.

All of the chocolate at the event was donated by local businesses and organizations. Nagy would like to thank Bisconti Orthodontics and the Goddard School in Boardman, plus many more, for their sponsorship and support of the chocolate fest.

The Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown is always looking for volunteers and anyone interested can send an email to piggybackyoungstown@gmail.com.

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