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DONATION MATCH NOW INCREASED TO $100,000 FOR SCRANTON MAYOR’S VIRTUAL FOOD FUNDRAISER ON THURSDAY

04.28.20

Scranton, PA – Thanks to generous support from philanthropic partners including Moses Taylor Foundation, Geisinger, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Scranton Area Community Foundation, and Minooka Subaru, ALL donations made from 12:00 PM (noon) on Thursday, April 30, from 12:00 PM (noon) on Friday, May 1, 2020, for Scranton Mayor’s Heart of Scranton: A Virtual Fundraiser to Help our Neighbors addressing food insecurity, will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000!

Scranton’s Mayor Paige Cognetti will lead Heart of Scranton: A Virtual Fundraiser to Help our Neighbors—a virtual fundraising event addressing food insecurity—on Thursday, April 30, 2020, in partnership with the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation. All donations for this fundraiser will go to support CEO/Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, Friends of the Poor, and Meals on Wheels of NEPA through the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund.

Mayor Cognetti will host an hour-long fundraising event that will air on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 7:00 PM on both ECTV Comcast Channel 19 and on ECTV’s YouTube Channel. Mayor Cognetti will team up with Scranton Area Community Foundation President & CEO Laura Ducceschi, Sen. John Blake, Congressman Matt Cartwright, Rep. Marty Flynn, Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, Rep. Kyle Mullins, Commissioner Debi Domenick, Scranton School Board President Katie Gilmartin, Scranton City Council President Bill Gaughan, local musicians, and special guests to raise funds to support CEO/Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, Friends of the Poor, and Meals on Wheels of NEPA through the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund.

Matching funds totaling $100,000 will be provided by Moses Taylor Foundation, Geisinger, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Scranton Area Community Foundation, and Minooka Subaru.

“This is a unique opportunity to have your gift matched dollar for dollar to support food insecurity right here in our region, up to $100,000,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation’s President and CEO. “Food insecurity is a real need in our communities and these organizations will be able to serve many more people in need from the funds raised through the Heart of Scranton.”

Donations to the Heart of Scranton: A Virtual Fundraiser will be accepted online at safdn.org/heart-of-scranton between 12:00 pm Thursday, April 30th to 12:00 pm Friday, May 1st, 2020 and those donations made over the 24 hour period will be matched, up to $100,000. Donors can choose to support CEO/Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, Friends of the Poor, and/or Meals on Wheels of NEPA through this campaign spearheaded by Mayor Paige Cognetti through the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

Donations will also be accepted by check made payable to the Scranton Area Foundation indicating “Heart of Scranton” in the memo mailed to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, 615 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102, Scranton, PA 18510.

Scranton Area Community Foundation established the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund in March to rapidly deploy responsive and flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working with those who are impacted by COVID-19 and the related economic, social, and health-related consequences of the outbreak.

For more information on The Heart of Scranton: A Virtual Fundraiser to Help our Neighbors or the NEPA COVID-19 Response Fund, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

Scranton Area Community Foundation is on a mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in Northeastern Pennsylvania through the development of organized philanthropy. With assets of more than $40 million and more than 200 charitable funds, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $2 million in grants and scholarships in 2019. Additionally, through its foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation manages assets of more than $31 million and distributed an additional $1.2 million in grants and scholarships in 2019 through assets under management. As a public 501c3 community foundation, the Scranton Area Community Foundation serves as a steward, a grantmaker, a charitable resource, and a catalyst for change. The Scranton Area Community Foundation leads various initiatives including Women in Philanthropy, the Center for Community Leadership and Nonprofit Excellence, NEPA Moves, and the NEPA Animal Welfare Collaborative. More information about the Scranton Area Community Foundation can be found at www.safdn.org.

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