Friday, 09 July 2021 13:17

'Car Guy,' Actor Mark Wahlberg Talks About Opening Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet of Avon in Ohio

Written by Dave O’Brien, The Chronicle-Telegram


... Joel's Place for Children, an Avon-based grief support organization that meets every other Tuesday during the school year, starting Sept. 28 this year, at Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village.


The first donation will be $5,000 on behalf of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the dealership.


"Obviously we are incredibly honored for this opportunity," said Kathy Stellato, who co-founded Joel's Place for Children with Mary Willhite in 2003 and is a current board member and facilitator for grief support meetings. "We are honored that they thought about us."


The Avon-based nonprofit is not affiliated with the Bay Presbyterian Church but has been allowed to meet there for the last 18 years, Stellato said. It offers community dinners at its meetings, followed by separate, facilitated grief support groups for adults, teens and children.


"This donation is key and a wonderful opportunity" for the group, Stellato said.


"We're really focused on children and children's charities," as well as medical services for children, said Feldman, whose own dealerships donated 1,100 digital tablets to hospitals in Columbus and Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Wahlberg's other showbiz and business interests are wide and varied. Now an Academy Award-nominated (for the 2006 Martin Scorsese film "The Departed") and Golden Globe-nominated (for the 2010 Academy Award-winning film "The Fighter") actor and producer, he is invested in...