Spirit of Hope raises $50,000+ for Cancer Institute

A check presentation representing the proceeds of a recent Spirit of Hope celebration included, from left: Karen M. Saunders, President of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Leo Vergnetti, Chairman of the Spirit of Hope Board of Ambassadors, and Laura Toole, Executive Vice President of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.  

The Spirit of Hope Celebration Board of Ambassadors recently presented the Cancer Institute with a $54,789 check from their 2022 Spirit of Hope event.  

“On behalf of the Ambassadors who truly exhibit the ‘Spirit of Hope’ we are thrilled to present you with these funds to help individuals receive early detection and free screenings,” said Leo Vergnetti, Chairman of the Board of Ambassadors. 

The Board of Ambassadors, a group of community volunteers, hosted the tenth annual Spirit of Hope Celebration in November at Mohegan Pennsylvania. More than 300 people were in attendance. The event featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction. Bob Durkin was the Tribute to Courage Honoree.  

Proceeds from the event benefited the Cancer Institute’s Community-Based Cancer Screening Navigation Program. This program helps individuals in northeast Pennsylvania get their recommended colorectal, breast, cervical, and lung cancer screenings. 

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a nonprofit community-based agency serving seven counties in northeast Pennsylvania with offices located in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Focusing on surveillance, community and patient services, and hospital and practice support services, the Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally. 

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