Stepping Up: Salem Rotary, Thomases Endowment, Score

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Business Journal is asking companies and organizations to tell us how they are faring and what they are doing to help others through this pandemic crisis.

We call this series “Stepping Up.” Segments have been posted all this week and will continue to be posted during the crisis.

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Rotary Club of Salem

SALEM, Ohio – The Rotary Club of Salem has donated $6,150 to the Salem Regional Medical Center Foundation for the purchase of personal protective equipment.

The majority of the donation will be used to purchase materials needed to make reusable hospitals gowns and surgical caps. They will be sewn by local seamstresses and used immediately in patent care areas.

The remain funds will be used to buy disposable gowns.

Dr. Anita Hackstedde, Salem Regional Medical Center president and CEO; Amy Reed, SRMC director of development; Ryan Crowell, president, Rotary Club of Salem; and Dr. Peter Apicella, Rotary Club of Salem.

“As the Rotary Club of Salem approaches 100 years of service to our community,” says Salem Rotary President Ryan Crowell, “we wanted to show our of support for our local hospital and our front-line healthcare workers who are heroes in this fight to save lives.

“We have all heard about the national shortages of critical personal protective equipment, which health care workers need to do their jobs and stay safe,” he continues. “Our club members know that we can make a difference by providing these hospital gowns to help protect our local physicians and hospital staff as they care for those fighting off this virus.”

Thomases Family Endowment

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In support of the Emergency Relief Fund established by the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation established last month, the Thomases Family Endowment will match donations dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

All donations will stay local and will support the federation and its agencies.

“This commitment, especially to the most vulnerable among us, is truly evident today. The youngest members of our community are being taken care of in the JCC’s newly licensed Temporary Pandemic Child Care Center while their parents are serving on the frontlines of this battle,” says Elise Skolnick, director of communications for the federation. “Wellness checks being made by JCC and Jewish Family Services staff and community volunteers, and calls coming into our newly created Jewish Federation & Community Hotline, are connecting people with mental health services or simply providing a source of comfort during this troubling time. Mobile meals are being provided for older adults who might not otherwise have food. This is just a sampling of the federation’s commitment to the community.”

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Mentors can be found by contacting the local chapter at 330 941 2949 or emailing Online, mentors can be found at

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Mahoning County Probate Court

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After receiving an $11,000 grant from the Ohio Supreme Court in March, the Mahoning County Probate Court has conducted its first video hearing.

On Friday, Judge Robert N. Rusu finalized the adoption of Erin Rose Gambrel by her parents, attorneys Matthew and Megan Gambrel. In addition to the Gambrels, extended family members were able to join via video call.

The Gambrels were joined by family via video conference to finalize the adoption process.

“As a court, we cannot simply shut our doors and forget our duty to the public. We need to improvise, adapt and overcome challenges that arise and that is what we are doing at my court and all courts across Mahoning County, the state and the nation,” Rusu says.

He adds that the grant and newfound technology has the court re-examining how it conducts businesses.

The court worked with Youngstown-based Perigree Technologies and its owner, Steve Sava, to develop and purchase the system.

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