The Charity

The Charity

Ohio PinBrew Fest is proud to announce Project MKC as our charity for 2022.


All proceeds of Craft Beer sales will benefit Project MKC.


In February of 2010, Project MKC’s eventual founder Jenny Kennedy came across an article that really inspired her. It was about a non-profit organization across the country who threw birthday parties for homeless children. Jenny decided that this was something she wanted to take on herself. After running the idea by her daughter, Shelly Marlowe, and her daughter-in-law, Jana Coffin, they decided to form Project MKC. Together, they came up with a twist to the original article’s mission. They weren’t just going to do birthday parties, they were going to expand their mission to be able to reach out to individuals on a personal basis. They decided they didn’t want to just work with those in poverty, but with all children and their families who may need a helping hand. Project MKC’s mission statement is: to make the lives of children and their families a little brighter by focusing on their individual needs with the help of volunteers.

Over the years and with the help of many volunteers, Project MKC has continued to expand their efforts across the Mahoning Valley and beyond to serve our community’s most vulnerable children and families. Now a staff of four, Project MKC serves ten counties in NE Ohio and offers a variety of programming to support area social service agencies and schools. Project MKC has a network of close to seventy social service agencies that they work with each month, distributing diapers, wipes, toiletries, clothes, and other children and baby essentials. Through this network, over 850,000 diapers and over 1.5 million wipes were distributed in 2021! Project MKC also provides over 1,000 Comfort Kits a year to children service agencies. Comfort Kits are duffel bags filled with new items that are age and gender specific. Comfort Kits are then available for case workers to provide to children that have been removed from their homes and placed into foster care. Other programs Project MKC has includes their Best Foot Forward program, which distributes new boots to children in Mahoning and Trumbull County, a Summer Food Program which feeds families in need throughout the summer, Hope Totes which are provided to children undergoing chemotherapy at Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley, and much more.

Project MKC is fortunate to have two donors that fund all administrative fees including, rent, utilities, and payroll. This means that 100% of all other financial contributions can be spent directly on programming, allowing Project MKC to dedicate their time to the needs of their community. In 11 plus years in operation, Project MKC has experienced overwhelming support from residents, business owners, philanthropic foundations, and large corporations in not only the local community but throughout the entire country which has enabled more growth than anyone ever expected. With the continued support from our extended community and volunteers, Project MKC will strive to provide daily essentials and positive emotional experiences to children and their families, eliminating barriers they may be facing, and providing them with the tools they need to succeed.

April 7-9, 2022 Metroplex Expo Center, 1620 Motor Inn Drive, Girard Ohio 44420