Hope McFall of Steubenville has started a foundation called Hearts Full of Hope, and its first fundraiser Saturday is a two-fold event with all proceeds to benefit cancer patients through the T.E.A.R. Fund at Trinity's Tony Teramana Cancer Center.
It will include a dinner at the Laurels of Steubenville followed by dancing and socializing at the nearby Scaffidi's Restaurant & Tavern in Hollywood City Center, Steubenville.
Patrons are invited to attend either event or both, according to McFall.
Hope McFall, left, event organizer, with committee member Heather Ensminger
The Valentine's semi-formal dinner at the Laurels begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, then dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person for the dinner where there will be pictures available and a Chinese auction.
The dinner prepared by the Laurels Chef Jamie Maley will feature three entrees from which to choose.
Menu selection one: Sage stuffed chicken breast with herbed gravy, whipped sour cream and boursin cheese potatoes and flame-roasted vegetable.
Menu selection two: Crab stuffed flounder with drawn butter, potato gratin with porcini mushrooms and creamed parmesan artichoke spinach.
Selection three: Mediterranean vegetable pasta primavera and garlic vegetable bread.
Each entree will include a starter field green salad with sesame toasted feta and homemade sourdough bread with herb butter. Dessert will be the chef's selection.
For inquiries or tickets for the dinner, contact Kristy or Rachael of the Laurels at (740) 264-5042 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Inquiries also can be directed to the Facebook page "Hearts Full Of Hope."
The dinner will be followed by an "after party" at 9 p.m. at Scaffidi's Tavern & Restaurant which will be open to the public - not just the dinner attendees - and feature disc jockey Ross Ivkovich playing tunes. Donations will be accepted at the door.
At both locations, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for two gifts trees, each valued at $550 worth of certificates for a variety of items from restaurants and businesses. Gift tree tickets are $5 each.
There also is a Chinese auction of various items with tickets available at $1 each or six for $5 in addition to a silent auction featuring items such as a Dave Barnhouse painting and a signed helmet from Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cook.
McFall said the drive behind the event to help cancer patients in need is in response to her having lost her best friend, Judy Simonton Nageleisen, to leukemia at age 39 nine years ago.
Her vision to do a fundraiser met with support, including the Laurels which is donating not only the facility for the dinner but the food as well, McFall said, while Scaffidi's came on board in offering its facility for the dancing to follow.
McFall said she started Hearts Full of Hope with the intent not just for Saturday's fundraiser but to hopefully hold two or three events a year to benefit different causes.
"My intent is to help people period," said McFall, who works at Ball Corp. in Weirton.
Saturday's event, though, helps the T.E.A.R. fund, which provides services and/or modest emergency financial support to local cancer patients and their families, according to Susan Miller, oncology patient advocate at the center.
"The fund has assisted more than 1,600 local patients since the beginning of 2009," Miller said.
Those unable to attend the fundraiser but interested in making a donation can do by sending them to Hearts Full of Hope, P.O. Box 593, Steubenville, OH 43952.