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Jon Dorenbos Highlights 149th Annual Dinner

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its 149th Annual Dinner at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.

The Annual Dinner presents the region’s business community with the opportunity to reflect on the past year. A presentation of highlights was given by Chamber President Bob Durkin and Board Chairman Mark Volk and a special recognition of service was given to David Hawk of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates for his 11-year tenure as president of LIFE (Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprises).

This year’s event also featured Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and America’s Got Talent finalist Jon Dorenbos, who gave an inspirational magic performance to the crowd of more than 500 people.

“Life is about what we say to ourselves in our own heads,” he said. “The way we want to live comes true. We can will the life we want to fruition. Happiness is something we choose to do every day.”

“Our words become our reality because they become the core of what we do,” he continued. “The longer we let the past affect our future, the longer our future stands still. Believe that you can make a difference, because every one of us does.”

“The Chamber Annual Dinner has always been an opportunity to celebrate the business successes of our members and our community,” said Bob Durkin, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. “We were pleased to have as our featured guest Jon Dorenbos, an individual who has overcome tremendous challenges in his personal life to achieve his own success as a professional athlete and renowned entertainer.”

“We really are back,” he continued. “Northeastern Pennsylvania is back. Lackawanna County is back. Scranton is back. All we have to do is continue to pull together and row in the same direction. We know it’s going to be fantastic moving ahead.”