Cancer Institute to host Spirit of Hope Celebration on November 3rd

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The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the Board of Ambassadors and Associate Board will host its sixth annual Spirit of Hope Celebration on Friday, Nov. 3, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the Keystone Grand Ballroom. The event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, live music by Paul LaBelle and The Exact Change Band and a live and silent auction.

Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or online at The 2017 Tribute to Courage honorees are Paul and Sharon LaBelle.

Front row, from left: Amanda E. Marchegiani, Community Relations Coordinator of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute; Tom DePietro, Traci Fosnot, event chair; Angela Rempe Jones, Robin Long, Atty. Eugene D. Sperazza, Patrick Sicilio, Leo P. Vergnetti, Board of Ambassador chair, and Patty Vergnetti.

Back row: Brian McQuestion, Thomas P. Cummings III, Nick Colangelo, Atty. Tom P. Cummings Jr., Joe Van Wie, Roxanne Schulman, Karen M. Saunders, president of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and Atty. Mark Conway.



Anthracite Opera Company’s “Here’s to Love” Hits the Stage Nov. 5th


Dunmore native Cathy Strauch will take art in the Antracite Opera Company’s upcoming production of “Here’s to Love!”

Anthracite Opera Company presents Here’s to Love!, a show featuring classic love melodies from opera to Broadway, on Sunday, Nov. 5,  at 3 p.m.  Directed by Anthracite founder, Gary Richards, the musical performance will be presented at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Ash Street and Taylor Avenue, Scranton.

The singers include professionals: Ann Marie Dupre’, Barbara Nowicki,  Liz Grohowski, Jan Clairmont,  Eric Sparks, and Gary Richards, Other fine talent includes: Dunmore native Cathy Rist Strauch, Jack Bernesky, Dennis Fanucci, Jillian Kemmerer, Leeann Lemperie, Don McKean, Matthew Merolla, Sheila O’Brien,  and Abigail Zieger. A poetry reading will be given by Don Thomas. Marty Ort is accompanist.

Cost for show only is $15, payable at the door.  A dinner is also planned for after the show at 6 p.m. at the Rossetti Estate for the Arts, 1005 Vine St., Scranton.  Cost for dinner and show is $30. Seating is limited. Dinner includes appetizers, main course, dessert, and entertainment.  Reservations are required for dinner and can be obtained by contacting Gary Richards at 570-335-7702.


Forever Sammi Foundation Co-Hosts “Knockout Addition” Event

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The Henehan Family established the “Forever Sammi” Foundation in honor of their daughter who lost her battle last year to drugs.  The goal of the organization is to raise awareness of chemical dependency and addiction and to assist those in recovery to rebuild their lives.

The organization is joining forces with Doug Long Productions in presenting “Knockout Addiction,” an evening of amateur boxing on Nov. 3 at Genetti Manor, Dickson City.  The proceeds will assist individuals transitioning from treatment centers to the community once again.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Stacy and Marty Henehan, Doug Long, boxing promoter; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.   


Holy Cross Students to Host First Friday Art Exhibit and Auction

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Holy Cross High School in Dunmore will hold its second annual First Friday Student Exhibit & Silent Art Auction on Friday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Diocese of Scranton Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave., in conjunction with the “First Friday Scranton” activities. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Holy Cross High School Tuition Assistance Program.

Artwork in a variety of mediums, including photography, painting, watercolor, ceramics, and graphic design, will be on display or up for auction throughout the evening. Constantino’s Catering will provide light fare, and tickets will be sold for raffle baskets.

For information, contact John Anthony Farkas Jr. at 570-702-5523.

Shown first row, from left, are Holy Cross student artists Jack Torquati, Elizabeth Talbot, Laurelai Vanston and Justin Walker.

Back row: Ben Tolerico, Holy Cross principal; John Anthony Farkas Jr., manager of Development & Alumni Relations for Catholic Schools, and Kristina Toolan, Holy Cross art faculty.