FNCB Donates to Local Groups on “Twosday”

Shown at the presentation are, from left: Jacob Torba, Administrator, Griffin Pond; Rebecca Richardson, Electronic Banking Supervisor, FNCB; Kimberly Cullen, Treasury Sales Officer, FNCB; Alison Joyce, Business Manager, Griffin Pond, and Anthony Besciglia, Maintenance Supervisor, FNCB. In front is Odina, a stray dog rescued by Griffin Pond.

On Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (2.22.22), also known around the world as “Twosday,” FNCB Bank wanted to do something unique for this rare palindrome. Afterall, the date was so rare, another Twosday won’t happen again for another 400 years, in 2422. 

In addition to every employee wearing custom designed 2.22.22 t-shirts, team members were asked to nominate local charities to receive a special donation of $222.22. 

 Initially the Bank was going to select two winners for obvious reasons but selected four due to the tremendous response. In fact, the Bank selected two “human” winners, Ruth’s Place and the Children’s Advocacy Center and two “non-human” winners, Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge and Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

 “The response was overwhelming,” said Michael Cummings, FNCB Bank Vice President, Marketing Manager. “We’re glad we were able to have a little fun and help some very deserving organizations at the same time. In 2422 when FNCB is 512 years old, we will do it again.”

 The Twosday fundraiser was part of FNCB’s larger Community Caring initiative. As a true, local community bank, FNCB Bank is making a difference through volunteerism, donations and outreach programs.

Griffin Pond Benefits from Betty White Challenge

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Clarks Summit, is proud to announce they received over $20,000 in monetary donations from the public in support of its recent Betty White Challenge. As Northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest no-kill animal shelter, Griffin Pond was grateful to join the grassroots effort to raise funds to honor the beloved American and entertainment icon on what would have been her 100th birthday. 

The digital campaign, which took place from Friday, Jan. 14, through Monday, Jan. 17—Ms. White’s birthday—included social media posts of photos and biographies of their adoptable animals along with insights White offered throughout her life about her love of animals and life. The campaign also included a coordinated email and mobile message blast encouraging friends to contribute via the shelter’s website or mail in Ms. White’s name to support the care of the more than 200 animals at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. 

All proceeds will be used to replenish the shelter medical account with an emphasis on supporting its spay/neuter program—a cause White advocated for as a champion of animal welfare. 

5K Race and Pet Parade to Benefit Griffin Pond

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter will host its inaugural Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade Saturday, Oct. 16, at McDade Park, pavilion 1, at 1 Bald Mountain Rd., Scranton. Registration and check-in are from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m., and the race begins at 10.

At the event, runners are invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume or running gear as they dash through a 5K course designed by Scranton Running Company. The top male and female runners in each age category will receive a medal. 

The runners who compete in costume also will vie for the scariest, funniest, best superhero, and most unique costume prizes. All runners will receive a complimentary Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Wag-O-Ween 5K and Pet Costume Parade t-shirt. Registration is $35 and can be completed at www.runsignup.com/griffinpond.

Following the race at approximately 11:30 a.m., Griffin Pond will host a Halloween pet costume parade. Parade participants should check in at 11 a.m. at pavilion 1. During the event, pet owners will escort their pets as they contend for the funniest, cutest, most creative, and most unique costume prizes. Parade registration is $15. The shelter also has numerous sponsorship options available which are great advertising vehicles for businesses or a way to honor someone. To register for the parade or as a sponsor, please visit www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.

All proceeds will benefit the shelter’s canine and feline enrichment program.

For more information, contact Jackie Galvin, M.S., development and communications director, at 570-586-3700, ext. 522 or jackie@griffinpondas.com.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter was established as the Humane Society of Lackawanna County in 1938 to provide shelter for homeless, unwanted, and abused animals. The shelter cares for more than 200 animals on a daily basis. As a non-profit organization, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter does not receive any assistance from government agencies or subsidies from other institutions. The shelter operates on donations from the community. For more information about Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, please visit www.griffinpondanimalshelter.com.