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September 2021 // Funds News

09.16.21

News and updates about charitable funds making a difference in our communities!


Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Fund Holds Annual Fundraiser

Created in 2013, the Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Fund honors the life of Cody Judy Barrasse and his legacy by working to promote organ donor awareness and provide services to those awaiting transplantation.

To support and grow the fund, Cody’s family and friends hosted their annual Cody Barrasse Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament last month at Scranton Prep’s Xavier Center and also hosted the Continue Cody’s Commitment event that same evening at the Scranton Cultural Center. The event was a night for Organ Donor Awareness and included food, drinks, and live music from DaddyO and the Sax Maniax. Photos and more details about the event can be found at https://codybarrassefoundation.com/

Through the Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Fund, people in the Lackawanna County region who receive or donate organs can apply for financial assistance from this fund, to help with costs that are not covered by insurance. Additionally, the Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Fund also serves to support charitable causes, activities, and organizations in the Lackawanna County region. The Scranton Area Community Foundation is proud to administer the Cody Jude Barrasse Memorial Fund.

Pictures from Continue Cody’s Commitment provided by Joseph Barrasse

Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles Fund Hosting Calendar Raffle

Eleven-year-old Matthew McDonnell, a fifth-grade student at South Abington Elementary School, has battled and defeated a rare form of kidney cancer four times since 2014. Now, he’s on a mission to help others.

Through Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles, a fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, Matthew and his family are on a mission to create awareness about the need for funding for pediatric cancer research and give back to the community by raising funds for local families battling pediatric cancer.

From now throughout the month of September, Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles is hosting a monthly calendar gift card/cash raffle to raise funds to support the mission of the Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles Fund.

The Fund will use proceeds from this event to support Pediatric Cancer research.

If you would like to contribute to the Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles Fund, you can do so online on the Scranton Area Community Foundation donation portal or you may also do so by check made payable to the Scranton Area Community Foundation with the fund name written on the memo line.

Purchase Raffle Tickets or Donate to Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles Fund


Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation Awards Nursing Scholarships

In response to the acute shortage of nurses across the region and its effect on the health and wellness of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation has awarded $189,622 in its first year towards nursing scholarships for local students as part of its Careers in Care initiative.

The Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship Program has awarded 21 scholarships to students in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties who plan to pursue or who are pursuing nursing and who will practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship recipients include:

Brooke Bird, Luzerne County Community College; Sarah Bonser, Walden University; Jacqueline Cicardo, Luzerne County Community College; Michael Clark, Penn State Scranton; Caity Colan, Luzerne County Community College; Jason Conrad, Luzerne County Community College; Jacqueline Earley, Lackawanna College; Austin Emenyonu, Misericordia University; Elizabeth Hernandez, Luzerne County Community College; Casey Hughes, Luzerne County Community College; Holly Hughes, Marywood University; Nicole Lubash, Marywood University; Brittany Marcinkevich, Lackawanna College; Mary McFadden, Penn State Scranton; Tiffany Megotz, Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County; Anne Murdoch, Penn State Scranton; Samantha Rosselli, Lackawanna College; Laura Slivinski, Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County; Rosa Vazquez Nunez, Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County; Ariana Velez, Wilkes University; and Sabrina Weidlich, Luzerne County Community College.

Additionally, through Careers in Care, the NEPA Health Care Foundation will provide grant support totaling $830,000, to a variety of organizations. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation’s Careers in Care initiative is a $1.7 million commitment over a three-year period (2020-2023).

In addition to the Careers in Care initiative, the NEPA Health Care Foundation is also in the seventh year of a $3.2 million commitment to the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) for scholarship support for incoming first-year medical students from Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties. The NEPA Health Care Foundation Scholars program covers full tuition for these scholars, who indicate a commitment to practice medicine in Northeastern PA.

Photo: Various 2021 nursing scholarship recipients gather with members of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation board for a photo opportunity.
(From left to right): Kerry O’Grady (Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation board member) Jacqueline Earley (Lackawanna College), Michael Clark (Penn State Scranton), Dr. Christopher Dressel (Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation board member), Jacqueline Cicardo (Luzerne County Community College), Austin Emenyonu (Misericordia University), Tiffany Megotz (Career Technology Center), Brittany Marcinkavich (Lackawanna College), Michele McGowan (Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation board member).

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the people of the region and particularly those most vulnerable and most underserved of the population. The Scranton Area Community Foundation has served as the administrator of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation since 2013.

Learn more about the NEPA Health Care Foundation



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