Namedropper 2/13/2018

February 13, 2018

McDonald House

annual fundraiser

Peggy Hennemuth is co-chairing the 31st annual Ronald McDonald House of Scranton Gourmet Gala.

“All of our committees are in full swing from sponsors to raffles,” she said.

This year’s theme is Fun Food Safari for the event held at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Patty Brown is also serving as co-chairwoman. Committee members include Robert Kollra, Carol Mueller, Elaine Shepard, Carol Chisdak, Cathy Langan, Jan Brown, Dave Kalczynski, John Mackey, Richard Bradshaw, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House; Lucille O’Boyle, Mary Jo Conserette, Anne Kessler, Kathy Nelson, Janet DeAndrea, Pat andDean Collins, Linda Vosefski, Ben Loomis and Alice Vanston.

The annual event is one of the RMH’s biggest fundraisers. It helps the organization operate the Home Away from Home at 332 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, and four family room

programs in area hospitals.

Food will be provided by over 50 local restaurants and Picture Perfect Band will perform.

Keeping with the theme, Hennemuth said, “We expect we will deliver a wildly exciting and delicious event that everyone will enjoy.”

The gala is set for Sunday, March 18. For information on volunteering, tickets or participating as a restaurant or sponsorship, contact 570-969-8998.

Super students

Western Wayne High School seniors Desiree Counterman and John Kear were surprised and honored to be named WVIA’s Artists of the Week in January.

Desiree works diligently to create beautiful portraits using a variety of mediums, including acrylic, watercolor and colored pencils, while John plays clarinet and saxophone during theatrical productions and sang and acted as bootlegger Cookie McGee in the school’s production of “Nice Work if You Can Get It.”

Both students were featured on WVIA’s television, radio and digital platforms and had a vignette created and produced about them that was featured online at wvia.org and pbs.org. The stories are available for the year.

Desiree and John are now in the running to win WVIA Artist of the Year, which will be announced in May.

High notes

Rotary Club of the Abingtons Vice President Ryan Campbell recently presented the Abington Heights Interact Club with its charter.

Emma Marion, senior, is serving as the club’s president; Maddie Sykes, a junior, is vice president; and Isabel MacGregor, also a senior, is secretary.

Interact is the high school version of Rotary. The Abington Height’s club has around 76 members who plan to participate in a variety of events, including annual parfait day in March, where they serve free yogurt parfaits at the high school. They will also perform random acts of kindness presentations at the Abington Heights elementary schools. Before the new year, Interact helped with the Santa Train at Steamtown National Historic Site and the site’s Spooky Spectacular.