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June 2012


Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony On May 1st, we had our office Ribbon Cutting Ceremony put on for us by the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber! We would like to thank Mark Kholos for hosting the event along with WKBN, WFMJ, and the Vindicator for attending and bringing light to our organization! We have been able to accomplish so much more over the course of the last few months having all of our program’s needs in one building instead of having them spread out between all of our homes! After the Ribbon Cutting we hosted 7178 WEST BLVD., our office Open House where SUITE E f a m i l y, f r i e n d s , a n d BOARDMAN, OH volunteers attended to see 44512 our new space!


June is an exciting month for Making Kids Count as we are going to be launching a couple new programs that you can read about below. Also, make sure to check out the attachments to this e-newsletter about our upcoming golf outing and a fundraising event through Buffalo Wild Wings in Boardman. Please print these flyers and pass out to your co-workers, family, and friends! Shelly, Jenny & Jana

OUR MISSION To make the lives of children and their families a little brighter by focusing on their individual

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needs with the help of volunteers. We believe that all children deserve to feel special, regardless of circumstances.

OUR PROGRAMS Monthly Beatitude House Birthday Parties, Baby Baskets dropped off to Pregnancy Help Center, we help out with the Family

Promise program, Parties for Children at Akron Children’s Hospital, Volunteers at Struthers Elementary School, A Diaper Bank for the community, and after school tutoring programs.

OUR GIVING PHILOSOPHY 100% of the proceeds from your giving go directly to our programs in the Mahoning Valley.


Beatitude House Events Along with our monthly birthday parties and newborn basket program, we decided we wanted to assist the Beatitude House further over the course of the next few months. In the beginning of this month, we planted a garden for the mothers at the Warren Beatitude House location which included several pepper plants, tomato plants, rosemary, oregano, and basil! We hope having these items fresh on hand will help the mothers in their kitchens and help the children learn about proper nutrition! Along with the garden, we will also be renovating the Community Rooms at both the Youngstown and Warren locations. We will need several different types of volunteers for this project to help with a variety of tasks such as cleaning, painting, decorating, installations, etc. so please let us know if you are interested in joining us so we can get you assigned to one of our teams!

Thank YOU!

Youngstown Parrot Head Club

Poland Women’s Club

The Youngstown Parrot Head Club is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist in community and environmental concerns and to provide a variety of social activities for people who are interested in the music of Jimmy Buffett and the tropical lifestyle he personifies. At the 3rd Annual Big Tap In Real Craft Beer Festival, the Parrot Head Club sold pretzel necklaces that they spent a combined 146 hours making and donated the $800 proceeds they made from their sales to our organization! We can’t thank Peggy & Mike Humes along with their whole club enough for their generosity!

At the end of May, Making Kids Count received a $500 donation from the Poland Women’s Club for us to use towards our programs beginning this summer! We are just overwhelmed with how giving groups in the community have been and we thank everyone who has donated to us or volunteered for us from the bottom of our hearts!

Buffalo Wild Wings Buffalo Wild Wings in Boardman was the food sponsor for our Beatitude House birthday party this past month! They donated 150 boneless wings and a tray of potato wedges for the children and their

mothers to enjoy at the party! We also had ice water and a fruit platter for the families along with cake and cookies for the birthday children and the guests at the party! If YOU are interested in becoming a food or dessert sponsor for one of our Beatitude House monthly birthday parties or our quarterly Akron Children’ Hospital of the Mahoning Valley parties, please contact us via e-mail at or by phone at (330)501-9865! Thank you again to Nikki Lewis and the rest of the team at BWW in Boardman for their donation!

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Tutoring Program We are excited to announce our next endeavor will be a tutoring program for children who need extra help in school but do not have the financial means to pay for a tutor. We plan to begin this program in the summer of 2012. We will offer tutoring services to elementary students two days a week in the summer as well as two days a week during the school year in an after school program. We are in the process of adopting elementary schools to partner with this summer and into next school year. Students will be chosen based on recommendation and need.

Golf Outing Information We are preparing for our 2nd Annual Golf Outing which will be held on Saturday July 21st at the Mill Creek Golf Course in Boardman! Golfers must be registered by Friday July 6th so we can properly plan for the event. Please see the attached form with the golf outing information if you are interested in participating! We are also seeking out businesses who are interested in either sponsoring a hole or donating a chance auction basket. If you are interested in helping out with either, please contact Shelly at (330)501-9865.

The Big Tap In 2012 On April 21st, the 3rd Annual Real Craft Beer Festival was held at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown! Our non-profit organization was the beneficiary of the event proceeds and we would like to thank Sandy and Phill Reda for choosing us as this year’s non-profit organization! Sandy Reda is the event coordinator of The Big Tap In and from October of 2011 until April 21st, 2012 we worked hand in hand to make the event as successful as possible! We can’t thank the two of them enough for their hard work and for helping Making Kids Count raise almost $17,000 for our organization! We would also like to thank all of the volunteers at the event along with all of the attendees for making this event a possibility!

Williamson School Wrap-Up With the money from Donnell Ford, the Williamson School was able to provide for the students the following things/events: Bounce-A-Round Rental, Juice Box and Chips for Fall Fest, a Thanksgiving Dinner for all Students and their Families, TShirts for the School Choir to Sing at the Mall, Christmas Treats for each Student, the State Motto was Painted in the Gym, Sent 4th Grade Students to Washington D.C. for the Day, Sent 1st Grade Students to Performance of Schoolhouse Rock, Provided Water, Gum, and Mints for Students taking the OAA Tests, Provided Breakfasts for Test Prep Days, T-Shirts for Students taking OAA Tests, Harambee Dancers Performance at the School, and Sent 3rd Grade Students to Field Trip at Mill Creek Park. A HUGE thank you to Donnell Ford for sponsoring this program this school year and for their continuing commitment to the children of the Valley!

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Basket DropOff to Pregnancy Help Center 3















Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Day - 9 a.m. 19 to 12 p.m. 20


Youngstown & Warren Beatitude House Parties

Coin Collectors Fundraiser Re-Launches! 21

Volunteer Day 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 24





Akron Children’s Hospital Quarterly Party!





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“Coin Collectors” Fundraiser! On June 23rd we will be “re-launching” our coin collectors fundraiser, so make sure to look out for our blue pails in local businesses. If you know a business that would like to help us, please e-mail us at! Carmello’s Cafe On Tuesday, July 17th Danny Catullo of Catullo Prime Meats will be a celebrity bartender at Carmello’s Cafe (850 East Western Reserve Road, Youngstown, OH 44514). Danny will be donating all of his tips from the night to Making Kids Count, so come out and support Danny and Making Kids Count! Eat Wings. Raise Funds. On Friday, July 27th, join us for our Eat Wings.Raise Funds. event at Buffalo Wild Wings in Boardman! Attached to the e-newsletter you will find the flyer with the vouchers you will use that night! All you need to do is print the vouchers, present them to your waitress when your order your food, and Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 15% of your food order back to our organization! Feel free to pass them along to all your family, friends, and coworkers! Volunteer Days - Beginning on June 26th, Making Kids Count is happy to announce that we will be holding WEEKLY Volunteer Days at our office in Boardman! They will be from 10a.m. until 6p.m. At these Volunteer Days, we will make no sew blankets for our newborn basket program, make crafts to sell at our MKC craft show (details in next month’s enewsletter), prepare craft projects for Kindergarten classes, put together back to school kits, get ready for our monthly Beatitude House parties and quarterly Akron Children’s parties, and much much more depending on our schedule that week! Our address is: 7178 West Blvd. Suite E Boardman, OH 44512. Newsletter - If you would like to be included in our monthly e-newsletter list, please send an e-mail from the account that you would like to receive the e-newsletter to If you would no longer like to receive the “Monthly Change” e-newsletter, please send an e-mail with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line to and you will be removed from the distribution list as soon as possible! P.O. Box 3594 Youngstown, OH 44513 - 330-501-9865 (Shelly); 419-270-1005 (Jana)

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2nd Annual Golf Outing Saturday July 21st, 2012 Mill Creek Golf Course 1:30 p.m. Shotgun Start Registration Begins at 12:30 p.m.

Cost $65 per person or $260 per team The cost of your ticket includes: 18-holes of golf with cart Lunch at the turn Dinner after the outing *Beer will be available for $1/piece at the outing through Mill Creek*

Payment Information

Prizes: *First Place Team* *Longest Drive* *Closest to Pin* *Raffle* *Chance Auction*

Please enclose  the  team’s  full payment with the entry form (Either 4 checks of $65 or one with $260) Return entry form & payment to: Making Kids Count 7178 West Boulevard Suite E Boardman, OH 44512 Please make checks payable to: Making Kids Count, Inc. Deadline for team registration is Friday July 6th, 2012!

Interested in sponsoring a tee? It is $100 to sponsor a hole and in turn for your generosity, we will provide signage for your business at the Golf Outing and add you to our monthly e-newsletter thank you list! YES! I’m  interested.

Team Registration

Team Captain:

Phone: ____________



Address: _______________________________________ _______________________________________

Please enclose a check for $100 and fill out the information below. We will contact you to get your businesses logo for the sign once we receive your registration form!


Player #2:

Phone: ____________



Player #3:

Phone: ____________



Player #4:

Phone: ____________



Business Name:

Person to Contact:

Phone Number:

E-mail Address:

Questions? Please feel free to contact us! Phone: (330)501-9865 E-mail:

Making Kids Count July 27, 2012 Southern Park Mall Boardman 330.726.1313

Making Kids Count July 27, 2012 Southern Park Mall Boardman 330.726.1313

Making Kids Count July 27, 2012 Southern Park Mall Boardman 330.726.1313

June 2012 MKC Newsletter  

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