Retired YSU chief receives HOPE Award

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Jack Gocala

Jack Gocala, retired Youngstown State University police chief, receives the HOPE Award at the Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley’s fifth annual Wine for Hope event 7 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Antone’s Banquet Centre in Boardman.

HOPE stands for Honorable, Outstanding, Philanthropic, Excellent. The award is presented to a person who donates his/her time over their lifetime to children and the community as a whole.

The event features fine wines, gourmet food stations and music.

Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased on the Foundation website at or by calling Komara Jewelers at 330-793-9048. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit the website.

The event is sponsored by television stations WKBN 27 First News & 33 WYTV; radio stations MIX 98.9 and News Radio 570 WKBN; Komara Jewelers, the Lamar Advertising Company, Antone’s Banquet Centre, Minuteman Press of Youngstown and Prop Logistics, LLC.

The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley is a non-profit organization that provides charitable and financial support and volunteer services to and for chronically/terminally ill children.