Giving Kids Hope Program Participants

Emcee, Magician and Auction Entertainer: David McCreary

David McCreary likes to be in front of people. Every Saturday night, for the past 13 years, in Ohio, you can see David play the role of a game show host, giving away hundreds of thousands of dollars on The Ohio Lottery's "Cash Explosion." He has appeared in numerous television commercials and continues to do his best to entertain the masses through YouTube and social media. Aside from television work, David has been performing comedy and magic for nearly 25 years for corporate events around the Midwest. Yes, while his friends were all in college or beginning respectable careers, David was learning magic tricks.

Honda of America, Jason Day's Brighter Days Foundation, Teradata, Federal Express, Chase, Children's Hospital, NetJets and NBC are just a few of the companies that sing the praises of David's magic and comedy.
Recently, David has begun speaking to high school students with a talk he calls "Live More." He combines humor and magic to deliver a message that inspires students to learn more, laugh more, and love more.
He's having the time of his life!

Chef: Mike Smith

Mike Smith, owner and executive chef of THYME TABLE, THYME CATERING CLE, and THYME TRAVELER TRUCK started his career in the industry as a dishwasher at the age of 15. He attended Miami University pursuing a degree in history and religion while simultaneously working in the restaurant industry. His passion for food elevated and he discovered that working in a kitchen was where he felt most at home. Mike has since filled every position the restaurant industry has to offer. While he's spent years in fine dining, serving presidents, politicians, celebrities, and athletes he found a sweet spot right in the middle and is eager to present thoughtful dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere. When he's not holding down the fort at the restaurant he's holding it down at home. Mike and his wife, Tess, reside in Bay Village with their five children and their boxer, Bea.
Our concept is simple. Good food. Good drinks. Good friends."

Proprietor: Jim Demuth

It was a delicious full-bodied Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma that changed the way Jim viewed wine forever. This was a doorway into the world of small production specialty wines. The bohemian lifestyle, the rural and deserted Pacific coastline, and most of all the stellar Pinot Noir drew Jim farther west to the cooler Sonoma Coast area. After initially focusing on producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Jim's original love of Zinfandel has inspired him to secure partnerships with old vine Zinfandel vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. And his love for more full-bodied wines compelled him to branch out to one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Napa Valley. Now he is proud to offer the best varietals from the best sites from Sonoma and Napa counties. The rural Sonoma and Napa communities remind him a lot of his roots: down-to-earth agriculture with a dab of sophistication. Most of all he loves the connections he has made with great people here in the Sonoma and Napa wine countries and he is glad to call Sonoma County his new home.

Musical Entertainer: Sinatra CLE's Patrick Lynch

Sinatra CLE is one of Cleveland's premier Frank Sinatra tribute acts. Patrick Lynch formed the band with the purpose of reinvigorating the music and sounds of the Great American Songbook, made popular so many years ago on the Vegas
Strip. The group's energy and personality will have you swooning like a teenager as you become entranced by the greatest music of all time. Sinatra CLE's many influences include Dean Martin, Elvis, Michael Buble, and Ol' Blue Eyes himself. A Sinatra CLE performance will bring you back in time to the great Rat Pack performances of the '50s and '60s. A Sinatra CLE performance is included with the Food Truck Party auction package!

Interviewer: Monica Robins

WKYC-TV Senior Health Correspondent Monica Robins is a six-time Emmy award-winning reporter well known as one of Northeast Ohio's most reliable sources for health news. As Senior Health Correspondent, she has earned the respect of the region's medical establishments including The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio for fair, accurate, and unbiased reporting. Her dedication to providing quality health information to Northeast Ohio earned her several prestigious awards including the Community Service Award from Fairview, Lakewood, Lutheran Hospitals and the Community West Foundation, the Bronze Key award from Recovery Resources, the media award from the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County for her in-depth coverage of the heroin epidemic in Northeast Ohio and the 2018 Inspire Award from Celebrating Women, an annual initiative aimed at promoting and inspiring women in business and public service.

She was honored as the first media recipient of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure "Power of a Partner" Award. She's also received several media awards from various medical organizations including the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, and Congressional Commendations from Senator Sherrod Brown and Representative Betty Sutton.

With nearly 30 years of broadcast journalism experience, Monica has also received numerous first place 'Excellence in Journalism awards' from the Ohio Press Club, Cleveland Press Club, and the Associated Press. She's also been inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Monica is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and enjoys weight lifting, running, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. She's also the lead singer for two bands including the classic rock band Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings, and the country band The Ninja Cowboys. Learn more at www.monicarobins.com.  Her bands have opened for well-known national acts such as The Temptations, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Donnie Iris, and the Cruisers, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Hall and Oates, Eddie Money and Michael Stanley and the Resonators.

Monica has performed the National Anthem numerous times for the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Barons, Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Force, Akron Aeros, and many local law enforcement, fire, and military agencies.

Interviewee: Gibbs Family

We are grateful to have Missy, Kirbi, Bella, and Josie Gibbs return to share an update on their story of living with Cystic Fibrosis. Missy works at the East Central Ohio Education Service Center, but her most important job is being a mom to her daughters. Kirbi works for Dominion Energy as a handyman around their home and is a wonderful father and supporter of his girls. Bella will be a junior at New Philadelphia High School and will also attend Kent State Tuscarawas part-time next year. She is the captain of the New Philadelphia QT Dance Team and is considering a career in journalism.

Josie will be in eighth grade and is on the middle school dance and track teams. She loves science and math and is considering a career in medicine. Josie was named November Kid of Character by New Philadelphia Central Elementary School last year. When asked if Josie could have one superpower and how would she use it to change the world, Josie answered: "I would have a superpower to cure diseases, like Cystic Fibrosis, which I have. I would use it to help all people be healthier and happier." Josie was nominated by one of her elementary school administrators because "Josie is an extremely compassionate person and is always the first one to volunteer to help others. She especially has a soft heart for anyone in great need, whether it is physical, emotional, or monetary. This spirit of giving may come from her own battles with Cystic Fibrosis. She can see the struggle from that person's point of view."

To read more about Josie's award, visit timesreporter.com.

Interviewee: Ryan Ress

We are delighted to have Ryan Ress share his story about living with cystic fibrosis. It is safe to say that Ryan is the reason the Research Institute for Children's Health exists today, as he is the reason Dr. Drumm became involved in genetic disease research. Ryan was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, in December 1984, shortly after Dr. Drumm began graduate school at the University of Michigan in the Department of Human Genetics. Barely a month later, Ryan was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a disorder with a very poor prognosis.  Ryan's family and the Drumm family lived next door to each other and were quite close, and Ryan was as much at home in the Drumm house as he was his own, even referring to Mrs. Drumm as "Grandma Winnie".

Ryan stayed healthy overall, and by high school became a very accomplished, competitive swimmer.  Upon graduation from high school, he was accepted at Denison University and majored in chemistry.  As an undergrad, Ryan completed a summer internship in the CWRU School of Medicine, an incredibly rewarding experience for the faculty and staff, as this experience showed that Ryan had already defeated the odds for someone born in 1984 with CF.

After receiving his bachelor's degree, Ryan went on to become a nurse practitioner through Duke University, where he then practiced until moving to Florida where he resides and works now, along with his rescue dogs.

While Ryan has done all that is possible to stay healthy, the clock was ticking and his lung function slowly but steadily declined. In 2012, the first of several disease-altering drugs became available and within the next few years, a drug combination became available that was appropriate for Ryan's disease genetics.  The drugs have had remarkable results and Ryan currently has nearly 100% lung function and leading a very full life.

Ryan's successes show us that we should never say never and that it is possible to beat the odds, as what we thought was impossible may very well be possible. This is why the Research Institute for Children's Health exists, to provide hope to families coping with any of 7,000 other genetic disorders affecting our children.  

Award Winner: Jim Demuth

Almost 50 years after they met, Jim Demuth and Mitch Drumm, are still best of friends. When Mitch told Jim about his idea that was to become the Research Institute for Children's Health, Jim simply said "I want to help". Jim has been involved since day one, leading the advisory council that was formed as the Institute was being formed and has been a major supporter of the Institute's efforts ever since. Jim hosted our first event in his back yard in New Philadelphia and then arranged our first two Giving Kids Hope fundraisers in Sonoma County, California, where he makes and distributes his Gregory James Wine. Jim's generosity continues as a major sponsor of this year's event, but also providing all of the wine for the evening.

Award Winner: Doris and Floyd Kimble Foundation

We are delighted to acknowledge the generous support from the Kimble family and their foundation, as their contributions have been transformative to the Institute. Another example of a small world, a connection was made between Greg Kimble, who will be receiving the award on behalf of his family and their foundation, and CWRU's Pat Savage, as Greg and Pat were high school classmates in Dover. The Kimbles stepped up and through their support, the Research Institute was able to initiate work on several new disorders and more recently bring a talented young scientist, Dr. Karen Schelde, and her family, from Denmark to carry out rare disease research. The Kimbles have been selfless in their support and we could not be more appreciative of their generosity and involvement.