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

Spirit of Hope - Board of Ambassadors(1)

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.


Leadership Lackawanna’s New Board Members

Lackawanna Leadership board

Leadership Lackawanna, the region’s premier community leadership and development organization, recently installed several new board members. Incoming board members will serve a three-year term.

Front row, from left: Brian Loughney, The University of Scranton; Brad Kovaleski, Penn State Worthington Scranton, and Thomas DePietro, DePietro’s Pharmacy.

Back row: Robbie Risley, Leadership Lackawanna board chair; and Nicole Morristell, Leadership Lackawanna director.