IHM recognizes members

GILMARTIN

GILMARTIN

McGrath

McGrath

Murray

Murray

McMullen

McMullen

The IHM Sisters Foundation will recognize four charter members of its foundation next month at a virtual ceremony.

All four honorees have served on the Foundation’s Board since its establishment in 2013 and were selected in recognition of their commitment to and embodiment of the IHM spirit and mission. They are:

  • Nada Gilmartin, partner, NADA & Co., Scranton.
  • Michael McGrath, Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Timothy McMullen, vice president, financial advisor, Merrill Lynch, Scranton.
  • John Murray, controller, City of Scranton.

The honorary chairperson of the 2020 virtual celebration is Patrick J. Brier, counsel at Myers, Brier and Kelly LLP and partner/founder at Patrick J. Brier and Associates.

“The Sister’s Celebration event is such a worthy cause,” he said. “Caring for the elderly sisters is so important, and I am very happy to be a part of this year’s celebration, and to express our gratitude and thanks to the sisters who have helped so many.”

All are invited to join in the virtual event, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6. Local Comcast subscribers can tune into Electric City Television’s Channel 19. The entire program will be available on Electric City Television’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ElectricCityTV570.

There are several different opportunities and benefits for you, your company or your organization to help care for the needs of retired IHM sisters. Donation will directly support the ever-increasing costs of maintaining a healthy, safe and comfortable environment for the sisters who reside at Pascucci Family Our Lady of Peace Residence and the IHM Center in Scranton. For more information, visit www.sistersofihm.org or call 570-346-5431.

County offering clinics

The Lackawanna County Department of Parks & Recreation has teamed up with Riverfront Sports and Riverfront United to offer two soccer clinics for kids 5 to 14.

The programs will be conducted by trained coaches from Riverfront.

The first session will be held July 11-14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Merli-Sarnoski Park, Greenfield Twp.

The other clinic will be July 18-21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Covington Park, Covington Twp.

The cost is $45 per person. All players are asked to bring their own equipment, water bottle, gym clothes and spending money. Everyone’s personal property should be labeled appropriately.

Contact the County’s Parks & Recreation Department at 570-963-6764 to register or for more information.

YMCA gets grant

From left, Cathy Fitzpatrick, grants and scholarship manager at Scranton Area Community Foundation; Trish Fisher, president and CEO of Greater Scranton YMCA; Ken Brewster, aquatics director at the Greater Scranton YMCA and Frank Caputo, grants and commu...

From left, Cathy Fitzpatrick, grants and scholarship manager at Scranton Area Community Foundation; Trish Fisher, president and CEO of Greater Scranton YMCA; Ken Brewster, aquatics director at the Greater Scranton YMCA and Frank Caputo, grants and communications coordinator at Scranton Area Community Foundation.

The Greater Scranton YMCA

was awarded a $14,000 Community Needs Grant from the Scranton Area

Community Foundation.

The grant will support aquatics staffing at the YMCA.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Scranton YMCA was able to fully staff both pools in its facility and offer 283 swim lessons per session. Currently, the YMCA is only able to offer 183 swim lessons per session, a reduction of more than 600 swim lessons annually.

The biggest loss, though, has been to our community, as learning to swim is one of the most important life lessons a child can learn, the group said in a press release.

This grant award from the Scranton Area Community Foundation will allow the YMCA to increase lifeguard pay rates with the goal of attracting more staff, as well as retaining existing staff who need a pay increase. Adding more team members to the aquatics department will directly impact the YMCA’s capacity to provide needed services to our community, including offering an increased number of life-saving swim lessons annually, making more pool time available to members and guests, and ensuring the resources are available to implement more youth, adult and family programming.

“It’s because of the generosity and support of community partners like the Scranton Area Community Foundation that the Greater Scranton YMCA is able to serve so many members of our community,” said Trish Fisher, president and CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “We are confident this grant award will allow our YMCA to better serve our community through aquatics programming.”

For more information about aquatics programming at the Greater Scranton YMCA, contact Ken Brewster, Aquatics Director, at kbrewster@greaterscrantonymca.org or call 570-828-3112.

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