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BUSINESS UPDATES | United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley partners with Howlett Restaurant Group

Also among today's business updates: Boak & Sons; Glaciers Sports Inc.; Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley; and Akron Children’s Hospital.
United Way sign (from video)
(Image captured from United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley video.)

YOUNGSTOWN — The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley is partnering with Howlett Restaurant Group on its Rise Up and Round Up initiative.

Coaches Burger Bar and Romeo’s Pizza customers can round up their bills to the nearest dollar amount and donate the change to the United Way.

“Seeing first-hand the impact the programs supported by the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley has on the children and families of our community, we are proud to announce this round-up campaign for all Coaches Burger Bar and Romeo’s Pizza stores under the Howlett Restaurant Group umbrella,” Stacy Howlett, vice president of the Howlett Restaurant Group and president and CEO of Howlett Logistics, said in a news release. “Thank you in advance to our patrons who will donate to help support this worthy initiative and for their continued support of local business.”

Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, said the organization appreciates the partnership.

“All of the proceeds from this promotion will stay right here in the Mahoning Valley, supporting and providing essentials for the most vulnerable in our community,” Hannon said.

John McNally joins Boak & Sons as general counsel

YOUNGSTOWN — Boak & Sons recently welcomed John A. McNally to its team.

McNally joined Boak & Sons on Oct. 1 as general counsel to provide advice to the staff on a variety of workplace issues, such as COVID-19 federal regulations and rules, human resource policies, insurance and cybersecurity issues and unemployment and workers’ compensation.

“John has already had such a positive impact on the Boak & Sons employees,” owner Sam Boak said in a news release. McNally has been a licensed attorney in the state since 1996. He served as assistant law director for the city of Youngstown from 1998-2002, and later served as law director from 2002-2004. He served as Mahoning County commissioner from 2005-2012 and as mayor of Youngstown from 2014-2017. He also worked in private practice.

“I look forward to using my legal and governmental experience on a daily basis to help Boak & Sons and its employees to continue to grow and expand our operations in the Mahoning Valley, eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania,” McNally said.

Glaciers Sports donates $5K to Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley

YOUNGSTOWN — Glaciers Sports Inc. recently presented a $5,000 gift to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley for its new facility at 1300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

The funds were raised at Glaciers’ annual summer event. The Rescue Mission has been the beneficiary of Glaciers’ events for the past four years, including an annual Glaciers Day where the coaches and teams provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to the clients of the Rescue Mission. 

“Over the past four years, we have been blessed to build a friendship and partnership with Glaciers Sports Inc.,” Lynn Wyant, chief development officer of the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, said in a news release. “We are grateful for not only the monetary donations they provide, but also the time they spend at the shelter getting to know our clients and staff while they volunteer.”

Newsweek ranks Akron Children’s 16th among pediatric hospitals

AKRON — Akron Children’s Hospital has been named one of the top pediatric medical centers in the world, according to Newsweek’s World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022 rankings.

“We are honored to be included among the top pediatric hospitals in the world,” Grace Wakulchik, Akron Children’s CEO emeritus, who recently retired, said in a news release. “This ranking is another testament to the compassion, expertise and quality of care our health care teams provide patients and their families every day.”

Akron Children’s ranked 16th among pediatric hospitals worldwide. This year was the inaugural ranking of pediatric hospitals on Newsweek’s annual medical specialty survey. There were 150 pediatric hospitals included in the rankings.

“I’m proud to join an organization that has been recognized for providing exemplary pediatric care,” Chris Gessner, Akron Children’s new president and CEO, said. “Every Akron Children’s employee, regardless of their role, is focused on ensuring that our patients and their families receive the best care possible, and it is gratifying to see their hard work recognized by others.”

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