The Vindicator to Receive Valley Impact Award

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter will present The Vindicator with the Valley Impact Award at this year’s National Philanthropy Day Awards.

The Vindicator will receive its award at the 29th annual event, scheduled for Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at The Avalon Inn in Warren. The Valley Impact award recognizes an individual or business for their overall contribution to the Mahoning and Shenango valleys beyond philanthropy, said Chaney Nezbeth, co-chair of National Philanthropy Day.

“This year the committee unanimously voted to honor The Vindicator with this award to recognize their commitment as the voice of the Valley for 150 years,” Nezbeth said. “But we specifically wanted to thank them for their willingness to share the missions and service of the numerous nonprofit organizations who are together making our Valley stronger.”

Past recipients for the Valley Impact Award include the Youngstown Foundation last year and Roger and Gloria Jones in 2017.

Founded in 1887, The Vindicator announced June 28 that it would end publication on Aug. 31.

On Aug. 16, The Vindicator and the Tribune Chronicle in Warren announced the Trumbull County newspaper is purchasing the Vindicator nameplate, subscriber list and online domain, and will publish the “Vindicator Edition of the Tribune Chronicle” starting Sept. 1. The Tribune Chronicle is owned by Ogden Newspapers Inc. of Wheeling, W.Va.

Two other businesses, one organization and six individuals also will be recognized at the luncheon. They are:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist: Carolynn and George Mitchel
  • Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist: Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC.
  • Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist: Kravitz Delicatessen and Inspired Catering.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Group: Hospice of the Valley Volunteers.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Attorney Carl A. Nunziato.
  • Legacy Award: John M. MacIntosh.

Tickets are available for $40 and must be purchased by Oct. 26. For details, contact the Association of Fundraising Professionals at or visit

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