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Santa Claus Is Coming to River City

November 14, 2016

WHEELING - The sixth annual "Ho Ho Hope for a Cure" event to promote awareness and offer support to children with Type 1 Diabetes and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at River City Ale Works restaurant in Wheeling.

According to founder and organizer Lorri Schodzinski, Santa Claus is scheduled to fly in directly from the North Pole to meet with children and their families in a private and relaxed setting.

"Santa will be listening to wish lists, offering words of encouragement and reminding all of the children about the true spirit of Christmas," said Schodzinski. "I encourage parents to bring their cameras to capture their child's reaction to Santa in his 'festive holiday office' without any distractions."

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In addition, for a fee, the event will include an active craft area with face painting, tree ornament creations, cookie decorating, crafts and information pertaining to juvenile diabetes. Parents will also be able to order off of River City's lunch menu beginning at 11a.m.

Schodzinski noted that the event would not be possible without the generosity of a growing number of sponsors. "I am so thankful for their support," she said. "Thanks to their commitment and friendship, this event has become an Ohio Valley tradition and we are making a difference in our community."

This year's gold sponsors include Bordas & Bordas, Main Street Bank, Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, River City, Wheeling Hospital and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The silver sponsors are Bishop Donahue High School, Ohio University Eastern, Our Lady of Peace School, Riesbeck's Food Markets, St. Michael Parish School, St. Vincent School, and Wheeling Central Catholic High School.

All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Search for a Cure.

For more information on Ho Ho Hope for a Cure, or if you would like to become a sponsor or make a donation contact Schodzinski at 304-242-4248 or



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