Betty O’Neill-Roderick

Twins Cory and Katie Michalec made their first appearance at An Evening of Wine and Wishes on Friday evening. The 9-year-olds greeted their many fans, as Cory took the microphone and announced, “Welcome to Wine and Wishes, and go Browns,” while Katie assisted with the raffle drawing. Their parents, Greg and Tiffany Michalec, founded the benefit for Akron Children’s Hospital in gratitude for the care the twins received following their premature birth.

Eight years ago the Michalecs set a goal of raising $1 million for the hospital, and Friday night they reached their goal. With Cory and Katie assisting, they presented Children’s President Bill Considine with a huge check as balloons fell on the crowd of over 700 people who came to Quaker Station for the event.

Considine said, “We have been blessed through the years with families like the Michalecs who support our efforts to treat every child as if it was our own, and never turn a child away, regardless of their ability to pay.”

The Warren Henry Quartet played as guests enjoyed sampling fine wine and gourmet food prepared by Giant Eagle at stations set up around the room.

Brad and Kathy Sutter liked the mashed potato martinis served by Jodi DelFerraro; while Loretta Anderson and John and Janet Morgan recommended the creme brulee that Kim Firestone and Beth Falb served at the dessert bar.

Chef Jason Sirenger of Giant Eagle carved beef tenderloin while Chef Vinney Amato offered herb-crusted pork tenderloin and Marco Massoli served crab cakes. Autumn Vail poured wine from Wine Trends Distributors, while Andy Archer and Paul Donahue served a variety of wine from Glazer’s Distributors.

Sandy and Kathy Toma admired an artisan fire pot in the silent auction. Also placing bids were: Kelly Wilson, Darcy Wondra, Bill Artman, Chris Studer, Kate Barrett, Stan Piatt, Jen Kraft, Ryan Petrusky, Krystal and Danny Misholder and Kristin and Chad Gerrety.

John “Couchburner” Denning of WNIR Radio conducted the live auction; among the winners was Bill Bennett, who took home a Jamis Endura high performance road bike, after Greg Michalec held it aloft to demonstrate its light weight.