2021 SAGE Award Winners

A large number of Dunmore businesses were winners when The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce hosted its Chamber Gala in March presenting the 2021 SAGE Awards – the Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence. 

Borough businesses who came up winners included Fidelity Bank, Business of the Year winner; DePietro’s Pharmacy, Impact: Community Outreach winner; Space Time Mead & Cider Works, New and Emerging Business of the Year winner; Hematology & Oncology Associates of NEPA, People’s Choice winner, and United Sports Academy, Small Business of the Year.

This year’s event was a hybrid celebration with SAGE finalists and award sponsors attending at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, while other guests enjoyed viewing parties from home via Zoom.

Chamber president, Bob Durkin, and Chamber board chair, Patrick Fricchione, opened the ceremony thanking all finalists, award sponsors, and Gala sponsors for their dedication to the NEPA community. Emcee for the evening was Thom Welby, with musical entertainment provided by Lexington Entertainment.

The SAGE Awards honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. This year, the awards were enhanced to honor and recognize the innovation our local businesses employed due to COVID-19.

Local Gymnasts Take Home Awards at Bethlehem Competition

Dunmore gymnasts

Two of the level 8 team gymnasts who train 20 hours a week at United Sports Academy, Dunmore, were honored in December at the Christmas City Classic held at Moravian College in Bethlehem.

Camryn Thomas, an eighth grade honor roll student at Howard Gardner, took firsts in All Around, Vault and Bars and third in the Floor Exercise.

Her teammate, Maura Michalczyk, placed third in the All Around and Vault. Maura is an eighth grade student at Dunmore.

Both gymnasts helped lead their team to a 2nd place finish. They are coached by Silvia Topalova and Omar Egas.

Shown from left with their teammate Addison Daniels, at left, are Camryn Thomas, Center, and Maura Michalczyk.

Dunmore Based Businesses Take Home SAGE Awards


Businesses based in Dunmore were among the winners of the 2019 SAGE Awards (Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence) announced publicly by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce at its Chamber Gala at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. The awards honor outstanding local businesses for their talent, creativity, and innovation. 

The Borough of Dunmore won the Pride and Progress: Exterior Renovations award for the renovation of Schautz Stadium; Penn State Scranton won the Pride and Progress: Interior Renovations award, and FNCB Bank tied with AAA North Penn for the Pride and Progress: New Construction award.

United Sports Academy took home the People’s Choice Award.

More than 100 applications were received. A group of volunteer community leaders and professionals teamed up to review applications and select finalists. The Chamber is proud to honor businesses that are making valuable contributions to the region and contributing to our overall quality of life.  

The other winners, in each category, are: Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, Best Practices in Community Involvement; Penn Foster, Best Practices in Customer Service; Posture Interactive, Best Practices in Marketing and Communications; Woodloch Resort, Business of the Year; Bedrock Technology, Fastest Growing Company.

Also, Scranton Fringe Festival “Big Gay StorySlam,” Hometown Star; CaPAA of NEPA, LLC, New and Emerging Business of the Year; Discovery MI Preschool, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, and Lavish Body and Home, Small Business of the Year.