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We are Meritage Of Miracles

Our Story

Tickets & Event Details

Date
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Time

VIP: 5:00PM – 6:00PM

6:00PM – 11:00PM

Location
L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro
6597 Center Road, Lowellville, Ohio 44436

Ticket Includes
6 Station Dinner with Wine Pairings

Cheese Display & Riesling

Meat Display with Antipasti & Pinot Noir

Mixed Green Salad & RedHead Wine

Shaved Smoked Beef with Blue Cheese on Crostini & Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Homemade Fried Ravioli with Hot Pepper Cheese & Youngstown Red

Variety of Homemade Desserts from L’uva Bella Pastry Chefs & Blackberry Passion

VIP Ticket Includes 

Meet the Winemakers + Tours

6 Station Dinner with Wine Pairings Menu

Homemade Potato and Asiago Cheese Gnocchi & Chardonnay

Shrimp Cocktail & Carmenere Reserve

Pineapple BBQ Chicken Skewers & Zinfandel Reserve

Event Activities
Dinner, Keynote Speakers, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Chinese Auction, 50/50, Heads & Tails Game, and Live Auction by Anglins Auction Service

Entertainment

Steve Fazzini

The Dorals

 

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The Dorals & Steve Fazzini

 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE DORALSSTEVE FAZZINI!

 

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The Dorals

Steve Fazzini Website: http://stevefazzini.com/

We appreciate your generosity, the event would not be the same without you!

About Meritage of Miracles

We are a non-profit located in Youngstown, Ohio. We aim to help our valley's children by raising funds for palliative care.

What is Meritage?

Meritage, a blending of different wines to make one product, stems from the two words merit and heritage.  Therefore, the concept of this fundraiser is for the community to “blend” together in order to support the palliative care program at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley for terminally ill and disabled children. 

Second Annual Event Success

Thanks to the generosity of the community, we had a successful second event that was held on August 8, 2015 at Hollywood Gaming Racino raising $28,383 for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. There were over 200 people in attendance along with 60 businesses and organizations that donated funds or silent auction items in order to support the hospital. We are very blessed and grateful for everyone who was able to contribute and help us make a difference for the children of the Mahoning Valley. Together, we can continue to make a difference with each year’s event.

Serving Our Community

Akron Children’s Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center is one of the largest pediatric palliative care programs in the U.S. and serves as a local, national and international model for the provision of high-quality care across the continuum. Our mission is to bring legendary pediatric palliative care to any patient in the prenatal period, infancy, childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood facing a chronic, complex, and/or life-threatening condition. Since 2002, we have served over 2,100 families in 47 of Ohio’s 88 counties, as well as families from 8 other states. The Pediatric Palliative Care Division has played an integral part in raising the profile of Akron Children’s Hospital, both at home and outside of our geographic borders.

What the Palliative Care Program Provides

Pediatric palliative care is holistic care that focuses on physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and practical issues that can cause suffering for children and families. Our interdisciplinary team meets children and families at diagnosis of a serious health condition and remains with them throughout the journey, regardless of the outcome, providing an extra layer of support in partnership with a child’s primary care and subspecialty clinicians. With our expansion into the Valley, our main campus palliative care team (“A Palette of Care”) has been stretched to provide the same level of care to a larger number of patients over a greater distance.

 Akron Children’s Hospital was founded on the principle of serving the needs of our community. Within our doors, this means treating all children as if they were our own, turning no child or family away based on their ability to pay.

– Akron Children's Hospital

ACH Palliative Care Timeline

 

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Our Team

We believe in a diverse range of community members to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

Michelle Sergi
Michelle Sergi

Michelle Sergi

Director and Founder

Michelle attends Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Cleveland Clinic campus with goals to become a pediatrician. Michelle began volunteering within the palliative care program at Akron Children’s Hospital during her college career, and she wanted to continue her services by helping ACH start the palliative care program for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “What really drives me is my compassion for children. Through the years I have seen all the wonderful ways Akron Children’s Hospital contributes, and now it is my generation’s turn to give back to the community in which has served us.”

Diana McDonald
Diana McDonald

Diana McDonald

President

A native of Northwood Ohio, Diana graduated from Mercy College of Northwest Ohio with an Associates degree in Nursing in 2001. She has held several nursing positions in various fields of medicine. Diana joined the Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance in 2013, and immediately took an active and enthusiastic role. She previously served as Secretary, Vice president and currently serves as Mahoning county President for the 2015-2016 term. During her presidential year the MCMSA raised $17,000 for donation to her two charities, The Rich Center For Autism and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley-Safe Sleep. She has also served as co-chair of the MCMSA annual champaign brunch and fashion show for the past three years. In 2015, she collaborated with Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley to apply for/receive a grant from the AHEI to educate parents on safe sleep in an effort to combat the current infant mortality rates in Mahoning County.
As a part of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley Kids Crew she has served as chair of the American Girl Fashion Show, and as a committee member for Champions for Our Valley’s Children, The Clubs for Kids Golf Classic and Holiday Hopes and Wishes.
Diana has been named as a finalist for The Athena Award of Youngstown/Warren with the recipient to be named at the Award Dinner on May 19, 2016. She currently resides in Canfield, Ohio with her husband Dr. David McDonald, a pediatric radiologist at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Bob Pallozzi
Bob Pallozzi

Bob Pallozzi

Vice President

Bob has been with the Superior Beverage Group (Beer & Wine Distributor) in Youngstown, Ohio for 22 years. Currently, he is the Division Sales Manager for the Youngstown/Steubenville areas. Prior to that, Bob began his beverage career at Coca-Cola Bottling Co where he worked for 11 years, and then was a Sales Manager at the Coors Brewing Company for 8 years in California. He currently resides in Lowellville with his wife Karen, 3 children, and 1 granddaughter. “I have proudly been involved with fundraising for ACH with the Meritage of Miracles event for 2 years, and was previously on the committee for the ACH Wine & Wishes event in Akron, Ohio for 8 years.”

Rocco Nolfi
Rocco Nolfi

Rocco Nolfi

Board Member

Rocco has a family of his own with his wife, Amy, and two children Rocco, 1, and Lia, 3. He currently owns and operates two Allstate insurance agencies in the area, one in Boardman and the other in Niles. “I first volunteered for the Miracles and Promises Radiothon at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Hearing the stories and experiences of those who have been helped by ACH really left a soft spot in my heart for the cause and future of the hospital. Being involved with the Meritage of Miracles event allows me to help a cause that is very important for the children and their families during such a difficult time.”

Marisa Sergi
Marisa Sergi

Marisa Sergi

Public Relations

Marisa attended Cornell University majoring in Enology & Viticulture. She is currently working for E & J Gallo Winery in California as a winemaker. Stemming from her sister, Michelle, she realized how important the palliative care program is to Akron Children’s. With her experience in marketing wine, she is taking that knowledge to help portray the importance of this event to the Mahoning Valley. “Family is very important, and knowing this event will be giving back to children and their families in the Mahoning Valley is what truly inspires me.”

Dr. Friebert
Dr. Friebert

Dr. Friebert

Director of Pediatric Palliative Care

Ever since Akron Children’s Hospital came to the Mahoning Valley, I have wanted to expand and extend the reach of our pediatric palliative care team to better serve the children of the Valley facing chronic, complex and/or life-threatening conditions and their families. This team will be part of the Akron Children’s Division of Pediatric Palliative Care, but will focus on just-in-time clinical, educational, advocacy and resource support for children, families and their caregivers in the Mahoning Valley. Through our partnership with Meritage of Miracles, my dream is to staff a satellite palliative care team, headquartered in the Valley, to reach these children and families with more depth and a faster response time than we are currently able to achieve. Please help us make this dream a reality soon – the children of the Valley and their families deserve nothing less!

Nancy Carst
Nancy Carst

Nancy Carst

Bereavement Coordinator

I began working as a social worker at Akron Children’s Hospital in 1986. What a wonderful professional career Akron Children’s Hospital has provided to me! I was the hematology-oncology social worker for 16 years. I met many wonderful children and families coping with cancer or serious blood disorders. I have witnessed courage, strength, compassion, and perseverence in so many people. I became interested in how to support persons coping with grief and bereavement. I was able to learn and be mentored by a very experienced counselor and thanatologist at our hospital. In 2002, I transitioned to the Pediatric Palliative Care Team. I am now a bereavement coordinator and facilitate child, teen, parent and grandparent grief support programs. Personally, I am energized by my family, friends, bicycling, and playing softball.

John Angelilli
John Angelilli

John Angelilli

Board Member and Treasurer

John is lifelong resident of the Youngstown Ohio area and a partner with B2BCFO® specializing in private industry consulting. John enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa and has two adult children Christina who lives and works in Siena, Italy, and Melissa who lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. “As a board member of Meritage of Miracles, I have the opportunity to participate in creating and sustaining a palliative care (a multi-disciplinary approach) program for children living with a serious illness focusing on improving the child’s quality of life.”

 Anthony Panici
 Anthony Panici

Anthony Panici

Board Member

“The reason why I am involved with this spectacular event is because there is no feeling like helping such a worthy cause.  The collective effort of a group with a common goal can move clouds and make dreams come true.  I am honored to be a part of something so special!”

Dave Howard
Dave Howard

Dave Howard

Board Member

Upon graduating from Struthers High School in 1981, he began a banking career at Dollar Savings & Trust Co. In 1995, he began working for the former Mahoning National Bank, which is now Huntington Bank, and held positions as Consumer Collection Manager, Consumer Loan Department Manager, and VP of Dealer Services. In 2002, he moved into his current position as VP of Business Banking. Currently, Dave also serves on the board of The Struthers School Foundation for Educational Excellence, and resides in Lowellville Ohio with his wife, Sue, and children Alicia, Leah, Tara, and Mallory.

Anthony Perry
Anthony Perry

Anthony Perry

Board Member
Angie Prato
Angie Prato

Angie Prato

Board Member

Angie is a second year nursing student at Mercy Health, with goals to specialize in pediatric psychology. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Akron Children’s within the NICU. Angie has a son, Dominic, who is 5 years old, which also contributes to her passion for children. “I think working towards building the palliative care program in the Mahoning Valley is a very rewarding opportunity that will benefit the many families in our community.”

Michelle Sergi

Michelle Sergi

Director and Founder

Michelle attends Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Cleveland Clinic campus with goals to become a pediatrician. Michelle began volunteering within the palliative care program at Akron Children’s Hospital during her college career, and she wanted to continue her services by helping ACH start the palliative care program for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. “What really drives me is my compassion for children. Through the years I have seen all the wonderful ways Akron Children’s Hospital contributes, and now it is my generation’s turn to give back to the community in which has served us.”

Diana McDonald

Diana McDonald

President

A native of Northwood Ohio, Diana graduated from Mercy College of Northwest Ohio with an Associates degree in Nursing in 2001. She has held several nursing positions in various fields of medicine. Diana joined the Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance in 2013, and immediately took an active and enthusiastic role. She previously served as Secretary, Vice president and currently serves as Mahoning county President for the 2015-2016 term. During her presidential year the MCMSA raised $17,000 for donation to her two charities, The Rich Center For Autism and Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley-Safe Sleep. She has also served as co-chair of the MCMSA annual champaign brunch and fashion show for the past three years. In 2015, she collaborated with Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley to apply for/receive a grant from the AHEI to educate parents on safe sleep in an effort to combat the current infant mortality rates in Mahoning County.
As a part of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley Kids Crew she has served as chair of the American Girl Fashion Show, and as a committee member for Champions for Our Valley’s Children, The Clubs for Kids Golf Classic and Holiday Hopes and Wishes.
Diana has been named as a finalist for The Athena Award of Youngstown/Warren with the recipient to be named at the Award Dinner on May 19, 2016. She currently resides in Canfield, Ohio with her husband Dr. David McDonald, a pediatric radiologist at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Bob Pallozzi

Bob Pallozzi

Vice President

Bob has been with the Superior Beverage Group (Beer & Wine Distributor) in Youngstown, Ohio for 22 years. Currently, he is the Division Sales Manager for the Youngstown/Steubenville areas. Prior to that, Bob began his beverage career at Coca-Cola Bottling Co where he worked for 11 years, and then was a Sales Manager at the Coors Brewing Company for 8 years in California. He currently resides in Lowellville with his wife Karen, 3 children, and 1 granddaughter. “I have proudly been involved with fundraising for ACH with the Meritage of Miracles event for 2 years, and was previously on the committee for the ACH Wine & Wishes event in Akron, Ohio for 8 years.”

Rocco Nolfi

Rocco Nolfi

Board Member

Rocco has a family of his own with his wife, Amy, and two children Rocco, 1, and Lia, 3. He currently owns and operates two Allstate insurance agencies in the area, one in Boardman and the other in Niles. “I first volunteered for the Miracles and Promises Radiothon at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Hearing the stories and experiences of those who have been helped by ACH really left a soft spot in my heart for the cause and future of the hospital. Being involved with the Meritage of Miracles event allows me to help a cause that is very important for the children and their families during such a difficult time.”

Marisa Sergi

Marisa Sergi

Public Relations

Marisa attended Cornell University majoring in Enology & Viticulture. She is currently working for E & J Gallo Winery in California as a winemaker. Stemming from her sister, Michelle, she realized how important the palliative care program is to Akron Children’s. With her experience in marketing wine, she is taking that knowledge to help portray the importance of this event to the Mahoning Valley. “Family is very important, and knowing this event will be giving back to children and their families in the Mahoning Valley is what truly inspires me.”

Dr. Friebert

Dr. Friebert

Director of Pediatric Palliative Care

Ever since Akron Children’s Hospital came to the Mahoning Valley, I have wanted to expand and extend the reach of our pediatric palliative care team to better serve the children of the Valley facing chronic, complex and/or life-threatening conditions and their families. This team will be part of the Akron Children’s Division of Pediatric Palliative Care, but will focus on just-in-time clinical, educational, advocacy and resource support for children, families and their caregivers in the Mahoning Valley. Through our partnership with Meritage of Miracles, my dream is to staff a satellite palliative care team, headquartered in the Valley, to reach these children and families with more depth and a faster response time than we are currently able to achieve. Please help us make this dream a reality soon – the children of the Valley and their families deserve nothing less!

Nancy Carst

Nancy Carst

Bereavement Coordinator

I began working as a social worker at Akron Children’s Hospital in 1986. What a wonderful professional career Akron Children’s Hospital has provided to me! I was the hematology-oncology social worker for 16 years. I met many wonderful children and families coping with cancer or serious blood disorders. I have witnessed courage, strength, compassion, and perseverence in so many people. I became interested in how to support persons coping with grief and bereavement. I was able to learn and be mentored by a very experienced counselor and thanatologist at our hospital. In 2002, I transitioned to the Pediatric Palliative Care Team. I am now a bereavement coordinator and facilitate child, teen, parent and grandparent grief support programs. Personally, I am energized by my family, friends, bicycling, and playing softball.

John Angelilli

John Angelilli

Board Member and Treasurer

John is lifelong resident of the Youngstown Ohio area and a partner with B2BCFO® specializing in private industry consulting. John enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa and has two adult children Christina who lives and works in Siena, Italy, and Melissa who lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. “As a board member of Meritage of Miracles, I have the opportunity to participate in creating and sustaining a palliative care (a multi-disciplinary approach) program for children living with a serious illness focusing on improving the child’s quality of life.”

 Anthony Panici

Anthony Panici

Board Member

“The reason why I am involved with this spectacular event is because there is no feeling like helping such a worthy cause.  The collective effort of a group with a common goal can move clouds and make dreams come true.  I am honored to be a part of something so special!”

Dave Howard

Dave Howard

Board Member

Upon graduating from Struthers High School in 1981, he began a banking career at Dollar Savings & Trust Co. In 1995, he began working for the former Mahoning National Bank, which is now Huntington Bank, and held positions as Consumer Collection Manager, Consumer Loan Department Manager, and VP of Dealer Services. In 2002, he moved into his current position as VP of Business Banking. Currently, Dave also serves on the board of The Struthers School Foundation for Educational Excellence, and resides in Lowellville Ohio with his wife, Sue, and children Alicia, Leah, Tara, and Mallory.

Anthony Perry

Anthony Perry

Board Member
Angie Prato

Angie Prato

Board Member

Angie is a second year nursing student at Mercy Health, with goals to specialize in pediatric psychology. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at Akron Children’s within the NICU. Angie has a son, Dominic, who is 5 years old, which also contributes to her passion for children. “I think working towards building the palliative care program in the Mahoning Valley is a very rewarding opportunity that will benefit the many families in our community.”

Akron Children’s Community Reach

Akron Children's Hospital has the best interests of the community in mind

92.4

 MILLION In Unreimbursed Community Benefits

800000

 Patients Served Per Year

300

 Services for Well-Rounded Care

80

 Locations in the Region

WFMJ 2016 Coverage

Meritage of Miracles benefits palliative care program

2016 Sponsors Gallery

Youngstown Red Wine Sponsor $2500+


Reserve Label Sponsor $1000 – $2499


Passion Label Sponsor $500-$999


Winemaker Sponsor $250-$499


Meritage of Miracles Sponsor $10 – $249

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