Awards & Events

Hirschbecks to be Honored as Champion for Our Valley’s Children

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley will honor John and Denise Hirschbeck and their family as the 2019 Champion for Our Valley’s Children at the 9th annual celebration dinner on May 7 at The Lake Club in Poland.

Each holiday season, the Hirschbecks personally deliver wish list items to families of Akron Children’s patients with complicated, serious or life-threatening health conditions through the Magic of Michael Foundation.

The organization was formed in memory of the Hirschbeck’s son Michael, who passed away in 2014 from complications of Adrenoleukodystrophy, a genetic brain disease.

The Champions for Our Valley’s Children event will highlight the hospital’s progress in the Mahoning Valley and will recognize those who have helped to make it possible, including donors, volunteers, staff and community partners.

Nearly $28 million has been raised from the community to support local Akron Children’s Hospital services since the opening of the Beeghly campus in 2008.

Three additional individuals and organizations will receive the Children’s Advocate Award:

  • Julie Costas
  • Piggyback Foundation of Youngstown – Janelle Nagy
  • Sight For All United – Dr. Sergul Erzurum and Karen Segesto

The Children’s Advocate Award acknowledges individuals and organizations who express the spirit of caring throughout the Mahoning Valley, and strive to make a difference in the lives of children in the community.

Tickets are available for $50 each and can be ordered by calling 330 746 8712, or purchased online at AkronChildrens.org/mvchampions.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.