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Youngstown fundraiser offers dinner with Ed O'Neill, Boom Boom Mancini

By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 27, 2014

A$25 chance to win the dinner can be purchased online or by phone up to the Super Bowl kickoff.

The official word: As part of its 2014 fundraising drive, the Youngstown Playhouse--America's oldest, non-profit community theater--is sponsoring a "Hollywood Goes Youngstown" raffle that also celebrates two of its city's most famous sons.

A $25 lottery ticket could get you and a companion (airfare, hotel, car service) three-day, two-night trip to Los Angeles that includes VIP studio tour, and a private dinner at celebrated Il Forno restaurant with Youngstown natives Ed O'Neill and boxing legend Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini.

While O'Neill is best known for his work on some of the most popular series in television history ("Married With Children," "Modern Family"), and Mancini's pugilistic feats have earned him a permanent spot in boxing record books, their Youngstown roots, and pride, run deep.

"What a lot of people don't know is that Ed O'Neill actually began his acting career at the Youngstown Playhouse back in the late 1970's," said Dr. John Cox, coordinator of the Playhouse fundraising campaign. "It was great to know that Youngstown never leaves some people. Both Ed (O'Neill) and Ray (Mancini) were very willing to give back to the community with this event."

Tickets can be ordered either online at or by phone (330-788-8739) and are tax deductible.  The drawing will be held Feb. 2 nd.  The trip is tentatively scheduled for Early March depending upon Mr.  O'Neill's shooting schedule/availability.

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