Charity Hospice fundraiser to also help local boy

Charity Hospice of Wintersville will be holding its annual spring fundraiser on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament’s Sargus Hall in Wintersville.

The spaghetti and meatball dinner will include salad, green beans, Steubenville Bakery bread, and a variety of beverages and homemade desserts.

Cost of the dinner is by donation, and takeout orders will be available.

Along with the dinner, there will be door prizes and a Chinese auction with a flat screen television as one of the drawing prizes.

Back by popular demand are Divertimento & Paisano, a musical group on hand throughout the day to provide Italian and American songs from the 1940s through the 1960s.

This year’s event will have a special meaning, according to Steve Seminara, director of volunteers and fundraising.

In cooperation with Bell Chapel United Methodist Church of state Route 213, Steubenville, Charity Hospice will donate 50 percent of this year’s proceeds to the David Pawelczyk Medical Fund. Pawelczyk, 3-year-old son of Michael and Ginny Pawelczyk of Steubenville, was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymona grade II/III brain tumor. There are about 200 new cases of his type of brain cancer diagnosed yearly.

“We here at Charity Hospice believe this is a way for us to give back to the community, which in the past has been so generous to our past fundraisers,” Seminara said.

“We have been blessed to have several sponsors donate funds and some wonderful gift items. Some gifts that will be available for our auctions, drawings and door prizes are two Dave Barnhouse prints, a 32-inch flat screen television, baseball tickets from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, two NASCAR race tickets for the Richmond race in September, other NASCAR items, handmade stained glass items, gift cards, a lottery tree, household items, a variety of gift baskets, a weekend cabin at Tappan Lake, Pittsburgh theater tickets from the cultural district, B.E. Taylor gift items and plenty of gift cards,” Seminara said.

“We are just so excited about the event and being able to help little David and his family in this time of need. Last year’s fundraiser was a huge success, and we were able to help Justin Cummings from Indian Creek High School with his medical situation,” Seminara continued.

“We here at Charity Hospice want to continue our belief that we are indeed ‘the hospice with the heart.’ Giving back to the community is what we are all about and being able to help the Pawelczyk family gives us such a wonderful feeling. The local community has always been there for us, and we feel very proud to have the opportunity to just give back,” Seminara said.