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. 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Scranton Cultural Center

partyThe Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will once again offer the place to be after this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The Center’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, and will continue until 4 p.m.  

Admission is free to the public as the Scranton Cultural Center’s gift to the community, and live entertainment will be provided by Old Friends Celtic Band.  In addition, several parade performers will continue their acts at the SCC for all party-goers to enjoy, from bagpipers to step dancers and more. A cash bar and light fare will be available for purchase.

The 2017 St. Patrick’s Parade Day Party is presented by Toyota of Scranton and sponsored by Gerrity’s Supermarkets, ERA One Source Realty, Judge Julia Munley, The Society of Irish Women, LT Verrastro and Giant Floor.

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple’s 2016-17 Season is presented by Toyota Scranton and sponsored by LT Verrastro and Giant Floor.  It is supported by: the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture, and Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings.  Media partners are Allied Services, Bold Gold Media, Citizens’ Voice, Electric City, Entercom Communications, Fox 56, Lamar Advertising, MAC Signs, The Times-Tribune, Times Shamrock Communications and Eyewitness News – WBRE/WYOU – pahomepage.com

 

Scranton Cultural Center to host raffle fundraiser

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The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is pleased to announce its first ever 100 for $100 Raffle, a fundraising effort spearheaded by the organization’s Fund Development Committee.  Raffle tickets are for sale at a cost of $100 for a chance to win cash prizes of up to $10,000 and a number of other prizes including event tickets, merchandise and gift certificates all valued at a minimum of $100 each.  There will be 100 prizes in total.  Tickets will remain on sale through September or until all tickets are sold; only 1,000 tickets will be available for purchase.  Prizes will be awarded at an Oktoberfest themed drawing party to be held at the SCC on October 7.

“We are so excited about this raffle, which will help raise much needed funds for the Center,” says Deborah Moran Peterson, SCC Executive Director, “and we hope to generate some excitement in the community with 100 very happy winners!”

1682124369_2819f7bcdbMrs. Peterson also wishes to extend thanks on behalf of the Center’s Board of Directors to the event co-chairpersons: Anne Falzett, Nada Gilmartin and John Murray.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the ongoing operations, restoration and programming at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.  Cash prizes awarded will be $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500.  A full list of additional raffle items is available on the Scranton Cultural Center website and will be updated as new prizes are received.  Details regarding the drawing party on Oct. 7 will be posted as the event nears.

Tickets are $100 and include entry into the raffle as well as admission for one to the drawing party in October.  Additional tickets for the drawing party will be available for $35.  Tickets may be purchased through a committee member or at the SCC’s Fidelity Bank Box Office.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, contact John Murray at (570) 650-1303.  A full list of prizes can be found by visiting the SCC’s website, http://www.sccmt.org.

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple’s 2015-16 Season is presented by Toyota Scranton and sponsored by LT Verrastro, UGI and id Group.  It is supported by: the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture, and Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings.  A special thank you to its media partners:  Allied Services, Citizens’ Voice, Electric City, Entercom Communications, Lamar Advertising, MAC Signs, The Times-Tribune, Times Shamrock Communications and Eyewitness News – WBRE/WYOU – pahomepage.com