Emergency Repairs at the Scranton Cultural Center

The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple received an $8,000 Community Needs Grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation to assist with repairs to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.

The emergency repairs, which were completed in January, addressed a drainage issue within the building’s original 1930s plumbing system that caused damage to the theatre walls. 

As a result, a portion of the ornate plaster cornice began to deteriorate.  Temporary plumbing repairs were completed to divert the water appropriately, the damaged plaster cornice was removed and covered, and the wall was painted. Plans are underway for a complete restoration of the theatre within the next five to six years.

Shown from left are: Betsy McGrath Ardizoni of Dunmore, SCC Development Director, and Jason Helman, SCC Business Manager in the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Theatre.

Dunmoreans Awarded Scholarships Through Scranton Area Community Foundation

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has announced its 2020 scholarship recipients, benefiting 150 local students from various schools in the area from scholarship funds administered by the Foundation. 

A total of $442,805 was recently distributed through 49 scholarships, including the highly-competitive James F. Swift scholarship.

The following Dunmore High School students were scholarship recipients: Maria Augusta, Bell Pendon, Catherine A. Alu Memorial Scholarship and Patrick Andrew Luptak Scholarship; Daniel Walsh and Steven Borgia, Joseph P. McDonald Memorial Scholarship; Rebecca Lucas and Alec Yanisko, James F. Swift Scholarship.

The following Holy Cross High School students were scholarship recipients: Andrew Joseph Smith, Constance M. & Joseph A. Brocavich Memorial Scholarship; Amaya Jackson, Jeffrey Morgan Davis Memorial Scholarship; Tori Kovalchick, James F. Swift Scholarship, and Luke Mozeleski, John R. & Maureen J. Pesavento All Saints Interparochial Academy Scholarship; 

Scholarship recipients are selected annually by various scholarship committees at the Foundation.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, many scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

Typically, Scranton Area Community Foundation scholarship recipients are recognized at scholarship award ceremonies but, due to the current public health crisis related to COVID-19, this was not possible this year.

For more information on any of the scholarships at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

To establish a scholarship fund in honor of or memory of a loved one or to include a scholarship as a legacy gift in your estate plans, please contact the Scranton Area Community Foundation today or visit safdn.org to learn more.

 

 

 

NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund Provides Area Nonprofits with PPE

Scranton Area donation

Joel Grabin, Finance Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, presents Kathy Regan, Operations Director of Keystone Mission, with a supply of hand sanitizers, face masks, and cloth bags generously provided by Aetna Better Health.

Scranton Area Community Foundation, in partnership with Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania, through the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund, distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) including over 500 disposable face masks, over 1,000 hand sanitizers, and over 200 cloth bags to various nonprofit organizations serving the Lackawanna County region on Thursday, May 14.

“Aetna Better Health generously provided us with these in-demand items entrusting us to get them into the hands of those most in need who may not otherwise have access to this personal protection equipment,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation’s President and CEO.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation connected with The Community Intervention Center, Keystone Mission, and United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA to distribute the items that were generously donated by Aetna Better Health.

These organizations plan to use these items in various ways as they continue to serve their critical missions during the pandemic. Keystone Mission will use these donated masks to provide for their volunteers who are distributing food. The cloth bags will also help with food distribution. “The donation of face masks, hand sanitizer, and shopping bags will be used at the food distributions that we offer three times per week,” stated Kathy Regan, Operations Director at Keystone Mission. “The fabric bags will be a huge help to those we serve. We are grateful for the support from the Scranton Area Community Foundation and Aetna Better Health,” Regan added.

“We are committed to helping our valued community partners support individuals and families in need during this critical time,” said Jason Rottman, CEO of Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania. “Through our collaboration with the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund, we can directly address the needs of Pennsylvania’s Northeast region by providing these much-needed and hard-to-find items.”

Scranton Area Community Foundation established the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund in March to rapidly deploy responsive and flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working with those who are impacted by COVID-19 and the related economic, social, and health-related consequences of the outbreak. To date, over $900,000 has been provided to 110 nonprofit organizations serving communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and over $1,000,000 has been raised for COVID-19 response efforts.

For more information about the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager at 570-347-6203.

Donations to the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund are still being accepted online at https://safdn.org/covid19/ or by check made payable to the Scranton Area Foundation indicating “COVID-19 Fund” in the memo mailed to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510.