Board of Ambassadors Finalize Spirit of Hope Celebration

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Pictured are several Board of Ambassadors. Front row, seated from left to right: Patrick Sicilio, Amanda E. Marchegiani, Community Relations Coordinator of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Robin Long, Leo P. Vergnetti, Board of Ambassador Chairman, Mark Conway, Esq, Susan Brady, and Vince Scarpetta. Back row, standing from left to right: Philip Medico, Matthew Beynon, Nevin Gerber, James Gorman, Brian McQuestion, Jim Brady, Scott Henry, and Nick Colangelo, Ph.D. Board of Ambassadors absent from the photo: Thomas P. Cummings III, Tom P. Cummings, Jr. Esq., Joe Van Wie, Karen M. Saunders, President of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Tom DePietro, Traci Fosnot, Event Chair, Eugene D. Sperazza, Esq, Patty Vergnetti, Joe Ferguson, Richard P. Conaboy Jr., Mary Erwine, John P. Rodgers, Esq., Tom Blaskiewicz , Greg & Meghan Gagorik, Kristie Hynoski, Charles C. Jefferson, Evie Rafalko McNulty, Dan Meuser, John and Jennifer Heil, Pat McGloin, Chuck Morgan, David J. Nape, Dr. Christopher Peters, Billy Rinaldi , P. Richard Scheller, Dr. & Mrs. Steven J. Szydlowski, and Joseph S. Tomko. Associate Board members: Melissa Burke, Kathleen DeLeo, Jo Ann Romano Hallesky, Dr. George J. Hallesky, Jessica Kalinoski, Angela Rempe-Jones.

SCRANTON, PA – The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the Board of Ambassadors and Associate Board will host its seventh annual Spirit of Hope Celebration on Friday, November 2, 2018 from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the Keystone Grand Ballroom.

The event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, live music by Paul LaBelle and The Exact Change Band, a live and silent auction and gift card guarantee.  Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling the Cancer Institute at (570) 941-7984 or online at or purchased at the door the night of the event. The Tribute to Courage honoree is Susan S. Belin.

The Board of Ambassadors is a group of individuals and business leaders in northeast Pennsylvania who have come together to raise funds & awareness to fight cancer in the local community through their support and promotion of a gala event.

The Spirit of Hope Celebration benefits the Cancer Institute’s Community Based Cancer Screening Program. This program helps low income and un/underinsured individuals in northeast Pennsylvania get their recommended colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screenings.

About The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a nonprofit community-based agency serving seven counties in northeast Pennsylvania with offices located in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.  Focusing on surveillance, community and patient services, and hospital and practice support services, the Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally.