Calendar of Events: February 2020

blood driveJackAttack Blood Drive

Jack Callahan was diagnosed with AML Leukemia two weeks after his first birthday. Throughout his 112 day stay at Janet Weis Hospital for treatment, he received four rounds of chemotherapy as well as many blood and platelet transfusions. Jack is now in remission and doing well.

Jack is just one of many brave kids who have battled cancer in our area. He and many other depend on blood donations from volunteer donors as part of their treatment.

A blood drive will be held in honor of Jack’s second birthday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at the Dunmore Community Center.

Walk ins are welcome but there is a limit as to how many people can donate at this event. Anyone interested in encouraged to pre-register online.

UNICO Charity Ball

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in the United States has announced that Diane Alberigi was named UNICAN of the Year for 2019, according to Jim Brogna, chapter president. The annual black tie optional UNICO charity ball will be held on Feb. 29 at Fiorelli’s Manor, Peckville. with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 570-499-1534.

“Race Under the Roof” Indoor Triathlon

Marywood University’s Pacers Aquatics Club will host “Race under the Roof” Indoor Triathlon on the University’s campus. The triathlon will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The cost of the event for participants is $25 for the general public and $10 for Marywood students, faculty, and staff. Spectators can enjoy the event at no cost. To register, please visit https://bit.ly/2FT9Uiw.

 A race for all abilities, the triathlon offers a relay, swim/bike, and bike/run option, as well as a t-shirt for all participants, and group awards. The triathlon is a 10-minute swim, 25-minute bike, and 20-minute run, which all take place inside Marywood’s Center for Athletics and Wellness.  Participants’ performances will be based on time, making it ideal for all abilities from beginners of all ages to Ironman Triathlon finishers. 

 Marywood’s Pacers Aquatic Club is in its inaugural year. Team members range in age from 5-18 years, and there are more than 100 members on the team. Coached by Beth Cholish, alumna of Marywood University, the team practices at the University Monday through Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. each day. 

Snowball Roll

Marywood University’s campus ministry office will host its fourth annual “Snowball Roll” fundraiser, to benefit the alternative break service trip program, on Thursday, Feb. 6, . at 1 p.m., at University Avenue, on the University’s campus. This fundraiser is open to the public.  Participants can purchase “Snowballs” for $2 for a chance to win. Nearly 2,000 numbered balls will be rolled down University Avenue. The first 50 balls to cross the finish line will win prizes, which include cash, Apple Air Pods, themed baskets, and gift cards to numerous local restaurants and stores. 

To purchase “Snowballs,” visit alternativebreak@m.marywood.edu, or purchase directly in the office of campus ministry. Participants do not need to be present to win.

For additional information, please contact Ann H. O’Brien, L.S.W., assistant director for service learning and community service, at (570) 961-4593, or email aobrien@marywood.edu.

Marywood Admitted Student Program

marywoodMarywood University will hold Admitted Student Day on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Nazareth Student Center.. This event is for students who have been admitted to Marywood University. To attend, please register at www.marywood.edu/admitday.

The program will begin with a 9 a.m. registration in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center. The events will include department visits, information sessions with student leaders, admissions and financial aid representatives. Check out what it’s like to live on campus, with tours of our residence halls. Guests will enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, and a Q&A session will be held for parents of admitted students. 

For additional information about Marywood University’s Admitted Student Day, visit www.marywood.edu/admissions/visit-campus/, or call the office of admissions at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6234.

TEDxScranton

Marywood University will host TEDxScranton on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the School of Architecture on the University’s campus. TED (technology, entertainment, and design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It will include TED talks, video, and speakers, including Matt Artz, Monica Simon, Jeremy Ciliberto, Suzanne Kapral, Cole Hastings Goldstein, Lisa Reynolds, Mason Crawford, Laurel Radzieski, Steve Gavin, Jourdan Cole, Jack Goddard, Glynis Johns, and Jamie Smith. For information about the TEDxScranton conference at Marywood University, visit facebook.com/events/1302657786576265/. For information about the speakers at the event or to purchase tickets, visit tedxscranton.com/.

West Scranton Reunion

West Scranton High School Alumni Class of 1970 will hold its 50th Class Reunion on Friday, June 5, at Colarusso’s LaPalazzo, Birney Avenue, Moosic, from 6 to 10 p.m.  The menu will include appetizers, buffet, and cake. There will be an open bar. Jack Martin will be DJ. Tickets are $65 per person.

Send a check or money order to:  Chris Mensky, 1348 Dartmouth St., Scranton, PA 18504 and make it payable to: INVADERS 1970 CLASS REUNION.  Final count must be made by May 27.

unicoChoral Competition

The Keystone Chapter of UNICO National is sponsoring its second annual High School Choral Competition with six choral groups competing on March 1 at Lackawanna College. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins at 2.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children five and younger are free. For tickets, contact Toni DiVizio at 570-344-2388 or any Keystone UNICO Member.  

Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities and scholarships. Dunmore High with Frank Jones Directing is participating. There will be monetary prizes awarded to the first place large group chorus and the first place small group chorus.  In addition, there will be a Peoples Choice award winner decided by the audience.

Inaugural Brian Piccolo Awards Dinner Set for May 12th

Piccolo Committee

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National will recognize an outstanding Italian-American male and female student-athlete at the Chapter’s inaugural Brian Piccolo Awards Dinner to be held at Arcaro & Genell’s Restaurant in Old Forge on Tuesday, May 12, at 6 p.m. Applicants will be graduating seniors from one of the 14 high schools in Lackawanna County.

Successful candidates should exemplify the same qualities and characteristics demonstrated during Brian Piccolo’s life: Determination, hard work, integrity, leadership, courage, loyalty, friendship, teamwork, dedication, sense of humor and anti-bias; not simply based on individual athletic achievement.

Deadline for applicants will be Friday, Feb. 14. Applications and information for this award may be accessed at www.unicoscranton.org/piccolo-award.

Committee members include Jim Brogna, Scranton Chapter president and UNICO Scranton Foundation; Chris DiMattio, past national president; Lisa Bieri and Ann Genett, Piccolo Award committee; Frank Blasi, Esq., UNICO Scranton Foundation; Melanie Naro, board chair and Cindy Farino, Piccolo Award committee.

THIS MONTH: UNICO Charity Ball

UNICO charity ball

Scranton Chapter UNICO National Charity Ball Marketing Committee recently met to discuss promotional plans for the upcoming event on Feb. 29, 2020 at Fiorelli’s in Peckville.

For more information, reservations or to make a donation, contact Mary Marrara, Charity Ball chair at 570-499-8367.

Seated from left are: Jim Brogna, Scranton Chapter president and Chris DiMattio, past national president.

Standing: Mary Marrara, Charity Ball chair; Lori Nozzi, marketing committee, social media coordinator; Jim Sagona, marketing committee, webmaster;  Jo Ann Verduce, marketing committee chair; and Charlie Spano, marketing committee, media liaison.