To the editor:
The fantastic turnout at Charity Hospice's annual spring fundraiser dinner held April 21 at Blessed Sacrament's Sargus Hall was enjoyed by nearly 800 people. The opportunity to help the Pawelczyk family, certainly, and without a doubt, enhanced the overflow crowd. Divertimento & Paisano, as usual, provided a day of fun-filled music. The event, before expenses, raised more than $13,000, of which 50 percent was donated to the David Pawelczyk medical fund. A special thanks to the Bell Chapel United Methodist Church staff and members. Without your assistance, this event would not have been so successful. Several other individuals and groups were also responsible for the success of the fundraiser. Your good-heartedness will never be forgotten by Charity Hospice and especially, Little David and his family.
Sponsors included Steubenville Rotary Foundation; Amsterdam VFW Post 232 and Auxiliary; Iron City Distributing; Dr. Antonio Licata; Anthony Mining; First Choice America; state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville; Weirton Medical Center; Kenco Quick Mart; Harry Kellermier Jr. and Alyssa Kellermier; Dr. Sudhir Malik; World Radio; Tappan Woods Cabin; Everhart-Bove Funeral Homes; Westwood Veterinary Clinic; Steel Valley Charities; Hauser Furniture; Ambulance Service; Ace Optical; RSV Inc.; Legal Hair and Day Spa; Children Count Daycare Center; Colonial Life/NWGS; Monsignor Kenneth Uram; Dr. Anthony and Elaine Scurti; Mosti Funeral Homes; Steubenville Kiwanis Club; Barium & Chemicals; Billy Petrella, financial adviser; Sienna Woods; Italian-American Cultural Club; Trinity E.C.H.O. Fund; Ponderosa of Weirton; and Dee Jays of Weirton.
Other donors and supporters include: Charity Hospice staff; Kroger; Froehlich's Classic Corner; Gus's Goodies; Pepsi Cola-Wintersville; Seven Springs; Capri Sausage; Diamond Pharmacy; Holiday Inn; Two Brothers Dry Cleaners; A&W Photography; Steubenville Bakery; Nan Watzman; Lois D'Alesio; Esquire Cleaners; Auto Zone; Wintersville NAPA; Pittsburgh Public Theater; Pittsburgh Pirates; Cleveland Indians; Cincinnati Reds; First National Bank; DiCarlo's Pizza-Sunset; Mario's Restaurant; Federico Fine Foods; Shirley Valuska; LuAnn Jarvis; Hess Corp.; Nelson Fine Arts; Patricia Lee; Dailey's Market-Bergholz; Mildred Huber; Joe Belinsky; Ruth Ann and Bill McLaughlin; Diana Plavka; John and Linda McCullough; Cheryl's Diner; Touch of Elegance; Vito's; Eat'n Park; Tamara's Pets; Debbie Costantini; Creative Carpets; Ponderosa; Lion's Club; Carry Out Express; Art Randalson; Spring Hills; Longhorn Steakhouse; Olive Garden; TGI Fridays; Central Grille; Five Guys; Cleaning Angels; Dairy Queen; J.C. Penney Hair Salon; Annette, Jordan and Jake Seminara; JGR Racing; Richmond International Speedway; Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; Abdalla's; Theo Vianni's; DiGregory's Greenhouse; the Ville; B.E. Tayor Inc.; WTRF-TV; Janice Dillon; Dave Miller; Bob Evans; Casey, Gavin and Mike Barnhouse; Judy and Wayne Fulmer; Dave Barnhouse; Pam Shoemaker Foundation; DeFelice Pizza; Patty Ohler; June Crago; Don Heiss; Cindy Cooper; Monica Dornbusch; Amy Kavanaugh; Betty Hilderbrand; Ann Davidson; Kim Ingold; Buffy Swickard; Dr. Howard Peterson Jr.; Robert Villamagna; Gombar Refrigeration; the Herald-Star and Janice Kiaski; Monsignor Kurt Kemo; Rich Sklenar; Bernie Matuska; Cathy DiGregory; Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes; Triumph of the Cross; St. Peters; and Holy Family.
Lastly, Heartfelt thanks to Steven Seminara, whose long hours and dedication made this event so successful.
Cathy M. Cich
Founder and administrator