Meet Santa And Make a Difference For Diabetes

Annual Ho-Ho-Hope for a Cure Event Set

Photo Provided Santa Claus greets Jana Lu Schodzinski at the 2016 Ho-Ho-Hope for a Cure. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at River City Restaurant in Wheeling. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Search for a Cure.

WHEELING — The seventh 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 9 noon on Saturday at River City Restaurant, 1400 Main St.

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.”

The event will feature a photo booth and an active craft area with face painting, tree ornament creations, cookie decorating, crafts and information pertaining to juvenile diabetes. Parents will be able to order off of River City’s lunch menu beginning at 11 a.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 Nick Arno Entertainment, Ohio University Eastern, Our Lady of Peace School, Riesbeck’s Food Markets, St. Vincent Parish School and Wheeling Central Catholic High School.

There is an admission fee per child with a discounted rate for additional siblings. All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Search for a Cure.

For more information or to become a sponsor or make a donation, contact Schodzinski at or 304-312-5092.