Tony’s Birthday Bash Raises $8,000 For Make A Wish in Memory of Kelcey Hallinan

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Morganz Pub and Eatery recently hosted Tony’s 7th annual 30th Birthday Celebration in memory of Kelcey Hallinan. Pictured from left are: Tony Frable, owner of Morganz Pub, Maggie O’Brien, Make-A-Wish Regional Manager, Alicia and Tom Hallinan, Kelcey’s parents.

Morganz Pub and Eatery recently hosted Tony’s 7th annual 30th Birthday Celebration in memory of wish kid Kelcey Hallinan of Dunmore. This year, they raised more than $8,000 to help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Before losing her courageous battle with Hodgkin lymphoma in November, 2013, Kelcey, daughter of Tom and Alicia Hallinan, was granted her wish to meet Harry Styles of One Direction.

kelceyTo pay it forward, Kelcey’s friends and family gather each year to celebrate her life and give back to the local community. To date, they have raised nearly $20,000 for the local chapter, granting the wishes of four children in the local area.

Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a nonprofit organization that creates life- changing wishes for children, aged 2 1⁄2 to 18, with critical illnesses.

Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 18,000 wishes

For more information, contact Regional Manager Maggie O’Brien at 570.341.9474 or

Commissioners Join “Wish Partner Club”

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Maggie O’Brien, inside left, Regional Director for Make-A-Wish, presented a “Wish Partner Club” certificate to the Lackawanna County Commissioners in recognition of their support during the recent Holiday Market.

Make-A-Wish collected $2,500 in donations from individuals who ice skated during the three-day craft show at the former Globe.  The proceeds helped to grant a wish for a local youngster.

Shown from left are Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Ms. O’Brien, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.