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Fund News || June 2024


Fund News || June 2024
Periodically, we like to share news and updates about the Funds that we manage.We’re proud to work with these charitable funds that are making a difference in our community.
To learn more about all of our Funds in greater detail, please visit our website,
The Garden of Cedar Offers Free Summer Lunch Program
The Garden of Cedar recently announced a Summer Lunch Program for Kids set to begin on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. This program provides free lunches for children on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from 11 AM – Noon at the Garden of Cedar, located at 715 Cedar Ave in Scranton

The Garden of Cedar provides a unique functional urban community garden/park and children’s discovery area that serves as a statement of space for gathering, as well as a catalyst for better health and wellness.

The Garden of Cedar Operating Fund was established by Frank Dubas at the Scranton Area Community Foundation in 2018 to support the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the Garden of Cedar in Scranton.


Minooka Subaru Supports NEPA Gives

Minooka Subaru recently presented the Scranton Area Community Foundation with a $10,000 check to support NEPA Gives. The Scranton Area Community Foundation is grateful to Minooka Subaru for choosing to support NEPA Gives, the region’s largest giving event.

Thanks to the support from Minooka Subaru and many other generous sponsors and supporters, NEPA Gives raised over $1.24 million in just 24 hours over June 6-7, 2024.

PHOTO: Minooka Subaru presents NEPA Gives with a $10,000 donation to support the region’s largest giving event as a premier sponsor. (l-r): Ryanne Jennings, President and CEO of the Wayne County Community Foundation; Joe Corbett and Jimmy Corbett of Minooka Subaru; and Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation.

About the Minooka Subaru Fund

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is grateful to be entrusted to administer the Minooka Subaru Fund. To date, Minooka Subaru has donated over $250,000 to support the Minooka Subaru Fund of the Scranton Area Community Foundation which provides charitable support to the Northeastern Pennsylvania community since 2018.

Nominations Accepted for the 2024 Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award and Roseann Smith Alperin Award

The Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award and the Roseann Smith Alperin Award are two separate awards that are presented annually through charitable funds established at the Scranton Area Community Foundation. Both awards are provided from charitable funds that were established both to memorialize a loved one and to honor qualities of excellence that exist in members of our community.

All nominations must be submitted online through the Scranton Area Community Foundation Grants Portal by Thursday, August 1, 2024.

Click the link below to learn more and submit a nomination!

The Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award has been presented since 1992 when a fund was established by the family of Margaretta Belin Chamberlin both to honor her memory and to recognize accomplishments of women in our community while encouraging their personal and/or professional development. 
This award is presented annually to a woman whose vision, dedication and courage has enhanced the quality of life and expanded the opportunities for the people within her community; and whose creative interests, energies and service to others have contributed substantially to the betterment of her community.
The recipient of this award will receive a monetary award of $1,000 for the purpose of enhancing her role as a community leader interested in improving the quality of life in Lackawanna County.
Nominations for the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award may be made by any charitable organization or submitted by individuals.

The Roseann Smith Alperin Award was established by the Junior League of Scranton to recognize an outstanding female volunteer who exhibits the heart and spirit of Roseann Smith Alperin by demonstrating the capacity to lead, motivate, and inspire others and the community she serves. The Roseann Smith Alperin Award honors an area woman who has the capacity to encourage others to make more of themselves and the community they serve.

Through this award, the award recipient has the opportunity to donate $500 to a nonprofit organization of their choice. The nonprofit organization that nominates the winning recipient also receives a $500 prize!

The recipients of the Roseann Smith Alperin Award and the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Award will be presented at the Women in Philanthropy Annual Celebration on Thursday, November 7, 2024. More information about this event to follow.

NEPA Invitational Fundraiser

Harmony for Hope – An Evening of Dueling Pianos: A Benefit Fundraiser for the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

The fourth annual NEPA Invitational hosted by PGA Tour player Brandon Matthews, will be held at the Country Club of Scranton on September 7th & 8th, 2024.

To kickoff the event, a benefit dinner event is planned for Friday, September 6, 2024 at the Scranton Cultural Center.  The NEPA Invitational’s exclusive

‘Harmony for Hope: Dueling Pianos Event for Children’ will support the Scranton Area Community Foundation and Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
Friday, September 6th, 2024
Private Cocktail Hour: 4:30 PM (Platinum Sponsors)
Doors Open: 5 PM | Dinner & Entertainment: 6 PM

Scranton Area Cultural Center
420 N. Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
Tickets: $150.00

This fundraising event will feature:
Live Dueling Pianos Performance: Enjoy a captivating and interactive musical experience.
Special Guests: Meet PGA Tour player Brandon Matthews and other Professional Golfers
Open Bar, Silent and Live auctions

Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Deadline for all sponsorships is Friday, August 2, 2024.


10 Dinner Tickets ✔ 
30-minute Private Cocktail Hour with PGA TOUR Golfer Brandon Matthews & Professional Golfers ✔ 
Recognition in Event Program ✔ 
Premium Seating ✔

Sponsor at the Platinum Level 

6 Dinner Tickets ✔ 
Photo opportunities with PGA TOUR Golfer Brandon Matthews & Professional Golfers ✔
 Recognition in Event Program ✔ 

Sponsor at the Gold Level

4 Dinner Tickets ✔ 
Recognition in Event Program ✔

Sponsor at the Silver Level

2 Dinner Tickets ✔ 
Recognition in Event Program ✔ 

Sponsor at the Bronze Level
To date, the NEPA Invitational Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation has provided over $365,000 to support a variety of charities including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA, Meals on Wheels of NEPA, Inc., Outreach, and United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, in addition to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Additionally, the NEPA Invitational and Matthews have worked closely with the Scranton Area Community Foundation to establish the William Lawler Scholarship, awarded to a NEPA area junior golf who is going on to play collegiate golf.