Cancer Institute Benefits from Fall Classic Charities

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute received $8,000 as one of the benefitting organizations of the Fall Classic Charities Golf Invitational held at Sand Springs Golf Club, Drums. The golf tournament was a captain and crew scramble format and golfers had food and beverages throughout the day and chances to win giveaways. Since 2011, the Fall Classic Charities has raised over $156,000 for local organizations in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Shown at the check presentation are, from left: Bob Gorski, President of Fall Classic Charities; Karen M. Saunders, President of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, and Joe Ferguson, Secretary of Fall Classic Charities.  

Calendar of Events: October 2020

Trivia Night

Leadership Lackawanna, NEPA’s premier community leadership and professional development organization, is hosting a Trivia Night on Wednesday, Oct.14, at the Circle Drive-In in Dickson City.

The event will feature trivia master and Leadership Lackawanna board member Jeff Cavanaugh, as well as four rounds of trivia: two rounds of questions, a music round, and a picture round. Guests are invited to play solo or with a team, and the event is suitable for all ages.

Trivia registration is $10 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for tailgating and to purchase food at the concession stand. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase (5 for $10 and 10 for $15).

Raffle prizes include $200 YETI cooler, $100 Wegman’s gift card, $100 Amazon gift card, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates gift basket, various restaurant gift cards, and more!

For more information and to register visit or

Pasta dinner

The Women’s Society of St. Joseph Melkite Catholic Church, North St. Frances Cabrini Ave, West Scranton, will host its annual pasta dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring penne with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert available in the hall for takeout or curbside only this year. Cost is $9 for adults, and $4 for children ages 5-11. Tickets are available at the door. Call ahead/email to pre-order for takeout or curbside at 570-343-6092 or

Creative lab

Marywood University, in partnership with the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, will host Virtual Creative Expression Labs for grades K-6. The labs will be held on Saturday afternoons, on Oct. 10, 17, 24, and 24, and on Nov. 7, 14, and 21, 2020. Studio sessions will be held for K-3 artists, from 1-2:30 p.m., and for artists in grades 4-6, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Registration and costs can be found at

The Creative Expression Lab will be hosted by Ashley Hartman, Ph.D., assistant professor of art therapy at Marywood University, a board-credentialed art therapist (ATR-BC), and licensed professional counselor (LPC). 

Cancer Survivors Day

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 28th annual Cancer Survivors Day- Honoring, Remembering, Sharing -has moved to a virtual program this year due to the pandemic. 

The  theme is Be A Part – Apart and will feature cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, healthcare providers and physicians’ stories on our website and social media pages. Community members can be a part of our virtual Survivors Day by sending a photo, video, and/ or written testimonial of their story. 

For more information, go to or call the Northeast Regional 

Spirit of Hope Raises More than $50K for Cancer Institute

Spirit of Hope 2018 Check Presentation_final

The Spirit of Hope Celebration Board of Ambassadors and Associate Board of Ambassadors presented the Cancer Institute with a $54,269 check from their 2018 Spirit of Hope event.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Cancer Institute’s Community-Based Cancer Screening Navigation Program. This program helps low income and un/underinsured individuals in northeast Pennsylvania get their recommended colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screenings.

Shown standing from left: Patty Vergnetti, Jennifer Heil, Angela Rempe Jones, Associate Board of Ambassadors Chair; Karen M. Saunders, President, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute; Leo Vergnetti, Board of Ambassadors Chairman;  Nevin Gerber, Steven J. Szydlowski, Ph.D., and Matt Beynon.