Name Dropper, Jan. 13, 2019
High notes Former Jessup resident Frank Dubas and his wife, Mary Grace, held a holiday benefit for Outreach — Center for Community Resources in December. Frank and Mary Grace, who live in Connecticut, invited community members to a potluck party at 518 Lackawanna Ave. and asked each guest to bring a new toy. The location is part of Dubas’ 517 Bogart Project redevelopment plan. The toys were donated to Outreach’s annual Toyland, which allows program participants to choose toys for their family members. “We’re all about our community and are very grateful for this event,” said Linda Ciampi, Outreach executive director. “Several Lackawanna County children were made happier this Christmas because of the generosity of Frank and Mary Grace.” Volunteers spread holiday cheer Teen volunteers from Traditional Home Health & Hospice, including Celia Condon and Elizabeth Haikes, made sure the residents of St. Mary’s Villa received handwritten holiday cards through the annual Operation Friendship program at Serving Seniors Inc. Lola Kuehnapfel and Martin Fahy were among more than 3,100 residents of area nursing homes and personal care homes throughout Lackawanna County who received handwritten holiday cards and visits from more than 300 volunteers of all ages. The project is coordinated through Serving Seniors Inc.’s nursing home visitation program, which is funded through the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. Super students Katie Seechock’s design will be featured on T-shirts worn by her fellow peers at both Abington Heights and North Pocono high schools. Seechock, an Abington Heights art student, won the design contest for the 11th annual Foundation for Cancer Care’s Pink Game T-shirt. The contest was coordinated by the Abington Heights High School art department and was open to all art students. Seven T-shirt designs were submitted for a vote. The T-shirt featuring Seechock’s artwork will be sold this month at both Abington Heights and North Pocono, on the Foundation for Cancer Care’s website and at the Pink Game on Jan. 24. The Abington Heights Lady Comets are hosting the North Pocono Lady Trojans for this year’s game. Both teams will wear the winning T-shirt design leading up to the game. All proceeds raised from T-shirt sales, as well as from the other fundraisers, will stay local and benefit the Foundation for Cancer Care directly. Last year, the Pink Game raised a record-breaking $35,000 for the foundation.