Scranton Cultural Center Names New Director of Development

Betsy McGrath ArdizoniThe Board of Directors of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple (SCC) and its executive director, Deborah Moran Peterson, are pleased to announce Betsy McGrath Ardizoni as the organization’s Director of Development.  Betsy joined the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple as its Development Director in January. 

“As the organization embarks on capital projects to preserve and renovate aspects of the building, a capital improvement plan is paramount for long term projects. Betsy’s past experience in fundraising, event planning and corporate marketing will help us move strategically in the direction needed,” said Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director  “We are thrilled to have her as a member of the team at the SCC.”

Born and raised in Scranton, Betsy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies and Employment Relations from The Pennsylvania State University, as well as an Executive Event Leadership Certificate from Temple University. Prior to joining the Scranton Cultural Center, Betsy worked in the Marketing Communications Department at The Wright Center for Community Health, and with Governor Ed Rendell during his time as Chairman of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Betsy is a graduate of the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2020, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Greater Scranton YMCA. Betsy resides in Dunmore with her husband, Guy. 

Inaugural Harry McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament Set for Next Month

golfThe Greater Scranton YMCA will host on Friday, Sept. 20, the Inaugural Harry McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament & Dinner Celebration. The tournament will be held at Glen Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit, and will begin at 1:30 p.m. (registration beginning at 10:00 a.m.).

Harry McGrath was a proud member of the Greater Scranton YMCA. He specialized in education law, advocating for the rights of all students, particularly those with special needs. It became his passion to improve the quality of education for children living in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Proceeds from the tournament will fund the Y’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, a six-week program serving rising first and second grade students who are struggling with reading at the Mid Valley School District.

“Our dad worked tirelessly so that children in our area had the necessary tools to succeed in school,” said Betsy McGrath Ardizoni, Greater Scranton YMCA board member, golf tournament committee member and daughter of the late Harry McGrath.

“The Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program is consistent with his goal of using his legal career to positively impact the lives of the children he was privileged to represent. My family is humbled and grateful to honor his legacy through a program he would undoubtedly support.”

Following the completion of the golf tournament, a dinner celebration will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Black Tie Stereo. 

For more information on the tournament, including golf and dinner registration and sponsorship details, visit the Greater Scranton YMCA’s website or contact Betsy McGrath Ardizoni at (570) 768-6118.