Little Sisters of the Poor Host Annual Golf Tournament

golfThe Little Sisters of the Poor will host their eleventh annual golf tournament Saturday, June 10, at the Scranton Municipal Golf Course, Mount Cobb.

Golf tournament registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The format is captain and crew. Singles will be placed on a team. The cost is $100 per golfer which includes green fees, use of a cart, an official tournament shirt, a gift bag, a pre-tournament refreshment reception, a light meal during the tournament and a post-tournament dinner at the course clubhouse. Golfers will also have a chance to win prizes based on their performance in the tournament including a new car courtesy of Matt Burne Honda in Scranton.

Several types of golf and sponsorship packages, which are great advertising vehicles, are also available including hole signs for $100 and sponsorships of $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. There also will be a grand raffle of the Sisters’ famous gift baskets with numerous prizes valued at over $100.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144 or scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org.

Golf registration is also available at www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org.

All proceeds will be used to defer the costs of patient lifts and standing and raising aids for the residents of Holy Family Residence.

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Committee members planning a golf tournament to benefit Little Sisters of the Poor include, seated from left: Leo Higgins; Mother Theresa Louisa, l.s.p.; and Tournament cochairman Gene Cosgrove. Standing, same order: Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications; Karen Caruso, development assistant; Tournament cochairman Bob Blaker, maintenance director; Janet Skibinski; Charlie Butler; Ann Kwak; and Atty. Jerry Musheno.

Also serving on the committee are Debbi Bean, R.N., director of nursing; Joan Blaker; Lisa Blaker, director of activities and volunteer coordinator; Atty. Jim Conaboy; Atty. Kevin Conaboy; Theresa Durkin; Tracy Genell; Tournament cochairman Chris James; MaryCarol and Pete Kanton; Bill McDonough; Carole Paswinski; Tournament cochairman Patrick J. Sheridan; Kim Simchak, business office manager; Tim Speicher; Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p.; and Dave Tressler.

Blind Association to Host “Swing for Sight” Golf Tournament

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Lackawanna Blind Association will host its 31st annual William J. Jordan, M.D., Memorial Swing for Sight Golf Tournament on Monday, June 19, at Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit. Proceeds benefit Associations program.

For more information and reservations please call, 570-342-7613.

Planning committee members include, seated from left: Mary Lou Wascavich, Executive Director, and Noreen Burke, board member. Standing, same order, are board members, Fred Hickman, Jerry Musheno, Ron Leas, and Karl Pfeiffenberger.

Dr. Jennifer Sidari: Hope is Contagious Golf Tournament

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Members of the Dr. Jennifer Sidari Golf Tournament Committee present a donation to The Helping Hands Society, Hazleton from the proceeds of last year’s tournament. Pictured from left: Bill Goldsworthy, Tournament co=chairman, Larry Sidari, committee member, Mary Beth Koch, Executive Director of The Helping Hands Society and Pete Sidari, father of Jennifer.

The friends and family of Dr. Jennifer Sidari will gather on the green of Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club on Friday, Oct. 7 for ‘The Dr. Jennifer Sidari: Hope is Contagious Golf Tournament’.

The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.  A gourmet food tent will compliment the course and the event will conclude with a cocktail hour and dinner reception.  

The cost is $85 per golfer, $330 per foursome, $125 per Hole Sponsor and $50 for dinner-only guests.  All proceeds of the tournament will support The Jennifer Sidari, M.D. scholarships at two of her alma maters: Wyoming Area High School and The Commonwealth Medical College, as well as other community nonprofits.

Jennifer Sidari, M.D. passed away unexpectedly in May of 2013, just two weeks after receiving her doctoral degree from The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC).  Born and raised in West Pittston, Jennifer was also a graduate of Wyoming Area High School and The University of Scranton.  

Despite her shortened life, Jennifer’s accomplishments are innumerable.  She was nationally recognized in her medical education with a nomination for the Physicians of Tomorrow Award.  During her studies at TCMC, she volunteered in children’s hospitals and clinics around the world including South Africa and Haiti.  Most of all, Jennifer was known for her contagious smile and selfless personality.

The tournament is limited in capacity, so reserve your foursome today! For more information on additional sponsorship opportunities or to reserve your spot on the course, please contact one of the event chairs, Bill Goldsworthy at (570) 237-1810, wpgoldy@gmail.com or Mike Cabell, (570) 233-1389, mfcabell@gmail.com.  For more information on Dr. Jen’s Hope or to download a tournament brochure, visit http://www.drjenshope.org.  Donations may also be made to Dr. Jen’s Hope Foundation, c/o The Luzerne Foundation, 15 Montgomery Ave., West Pittston PA 18643.

Little Sisters of the Poor Honor Blakers at Annual Golf Tournament

Little Sisters of the Poor 2015 Golf Committee Photo

Committee members gather in preparation of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s ninth annual golf tournament. Seated: Robert Blaker, Joan Blaker, Lisa Blaker, and Jackie Galvin. Standing: Mother Maureen, l.s.p.; Kim Simchak, Gene Cosgrove, Janet Skibinski and Sister Marie Therese, l.s.p. (Courtesy: Jackie Gavin)

The Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence will honor Mrs. Joan Blaker and the late Mr. Fenton Blaker at their ninth annual golf tournament Saturday, June 13 at the Scranton Municipal Golf Course in Lake Ariel. In addition to this major fundraiser, the Little Sisters also honored the Blakers at a Spirited Art party at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5 at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton.

Joan and Fenton are the parents of Robert Blaker, the Holy Family Residence’s current maintenance director and co-tournament chairperson. Joan and Fenton were selected to receive this honor because of their love and devotion to the elderly poor at Holy Family Residence during their employment and retirement.

Joan, who served as the front desk receptionist, always provided a friendly smile to visitors as they stopped by to visit their loved ones and friends. Joan has retired from her long time position continues to volunteer her talents to Holy Family Residence. Each year she assembles and decorates Christmas trees throughout our home. Since the golf tournament’s inception, Joan has also created and donated the contents for many raffle baskets.

Fenton Blaker, who served as the Holy Family Residence’s the maintenance director for many years, always took great pride in his work. After his retirement, he continued to volunteer his time and energy at the Holy Family Residence with his wife.

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Golf tournament registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. The format is captain and crew. Singles will be placed on a team. The cost is $100 per golfer which includes green fees, use of a cart, an official tournament shirt, a gift bag, a pre-tournament refreshment reception, a light meal during the tournament and a post-tournament dinner at the course clubhouse. Golfers will also have a chance to win prizes based on their performance in the tournament including a new car courtesy of Matt Burne Honda of Scranton.

Several types of golf and sponsorship packages, which are great advertising vehicles, are also available including hole signs for $100 and sponsorships of $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. There will also be a grand raffle of the Sisters’ famous gift baskets as well as prizes valued at more than $100.

The Spirited Art party, a very popular program for creative and non-creative types, provides individuals and friends an opportunity to create paintings while sampling beverages and snacks such as wine and cheese. It will also provide non-golfers with an opportunity to support the Little Sisters’ fundraising efforts and honor the Blaker family. The cost is $35 per person and includes an instructor led class, paints, smocks, brushes, easels and canvases. The Little Sisters will also provide a snack and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees are welcome to bring their own wine and snacks as well. Seating is limited. Reservations are due by Monday, June 1.

All proceeds from both events will be used to replace more than 300 windows in Holy Family Residence.

To make a reservation or provide a contribution for either fundraiser, please contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144 or scdevelopment@littlesistersofthepoor.org. Golf registration is also available at www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org.

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Also serving on the committee are Tournament Co-Chairmen Patrick J. Sheridan and Chris James as well as Debbi Bean, R.N., director of nursing; Charlie Butler; Atty. Jim Conaboy; Atty. Kevin Conaboy; Mike Crossin; Theresa Durkin; Tracy Genell; Bill Hughes; Kathy Hughes; MaryCarol Kanton; Pete Kanton; Deacon Ed Kelly; Ann Kwak; Pat Salmon; Kim Simchak; Tim Speicher; and Dave Tressler.