and Tiffany Michalec
Greg and Tiffany Michalec — this year’s winners of the
2014 National Philanthropy Day’s
Outstanding Fundraiser Award — say they are just
parents… not fundraisers, but Akron Children’s Hospital has
a special meaning to Greg and Tiffany Mechalic.
Greg and Tiffany’s twins Katie and Cory Michalec were
born at 26 weeks on February 3, 2004; Katie weighing only
1lb. 12oz. and Cory was 2lb. 2oz. They both experienced
complications at birth and were immediately taken to Akron
Children’s Hospital, where they received life-saving care.
During the next 18 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
at Akron Children’s Hospital, Greg and Tiffany witnessed the
care and understandings from doctors, nurses, and staff. Not
only for the care for Katie and Cory, but for all of the
other newborns suffering from various complications.
The Hospital became a “home away from home” for Greg and
Tiffany, and they knew they had to give back to this
wonderful institution somehow someway. To show their
gratitude, the Michalecs pledged to raise $1 million in 10
years for Akron Children’s Hospital.
An Evening of Wine and Wishes was born in April of
2005. This event treats guests to an evening of more than
150 selected fines wines from around the world, with gourmet
food provided by Giant Eagle and an assortment of craft
After the overwhelming success and support of this first
event, Tiffany and Greg set a goal of raising $1 million in
10 years; a goal that was achieved in only eight. Even more
remarkable, using his keen business sense and by sharing the
heartfelt story to others, Greg was able to keep the yearly
expenses of this event around 10% of revenue raised.
Greg and Tiffany’s work extends beyond Wine and Wishes.
Tiffany is a member of the Parent Mentor program at Akron
Children's Hospital, where she provides guidance, hope and
support for parents of children in the NICU. Greg lent his
business expertise as a director on the Akron Children’s
Hospital Foundation Board. Both are also involved in the
children’s schools and other activities.
Miracles do happen and happen every day at Akron
Children’s Hospital, thanks to a community of supporters
like Greg & Tiffany Mechalic.
The National Philanthropy Day luncheon celebration will be held on
Friday, November 14, 2014, at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. Sponsorships
are now available. For more information,