SACF NEPA Invitational Hosted by Pro Golfer

Scranton Area Community Foundation

The second annual NEPA Invitational charity event, hosted by professional golfer Brandon Matthews, will be held at the Country Club of Scranton on October 14 – 16, 2022.

The NEPA Invitational is a pro-am golf tournament that hosts professionals, high-level amateurs, and golf aficionados. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged.

Brandon Matthews, professional golfer on the PGA Tour, was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A Pittston Area graduate, Matthews established the NEPA Invitational Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation to raise money for charitable endeavors.

“The Scranton Area Community Foundation is proud to work with Brandon Matthews through the NEPA Invitational Fund,” stated Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. “We are grateful Brandon chose to partner with the Scranton Area Community Foundation to help to carry out his charitable goals. His desire to give back will truly make a difference right here in our communities,” she added.

The inaugural NEPA Invitational event, which took place last year, raised over $50,000 to support local charities.

“We are incredibly proud to be hosting the NEPA Invitational for the second year that brings incredible talent to the area to compete in this event as we continue the longstanding tradition for many years to come,” stated Matthews.

The 2nd Annual NEPA Invitational will kick off with a ‘Dinner with the Pros’ event on Friday, October 14, at the Country Club of Scranton. Tickets for the dinner are $300 per person and can be purchased online at Dinner, live entertainment, and a live auction are included.

This year, proceeds from the NEPA Invitational will support Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital through the Scranton Area Community Foundation. “Geisinger Pediatrics is deeply committed to providing exemplary health care for children and delivering that care with authentic kindness. We promise to keep the child at the center of everything we do, and that applies to the tens of thousands of patients we care for each year across Northeast Pennsylvania. We rely on community partners to help us respond to the evolving needs of families across the region, and we’re grateful to Brandon Matthews and all the leadership and supporters of the NEPA Invitational,” stated Frank Maffei, MD, Geisinger Chair of Pediatrics. “This support helps Geisinger Pediatrics and the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital to deliver family-centered pediatric care that is driven by best practice, innovation and compassion.”

Tickets to the NEPA Invitational are available at Sponsorships and donations are welcome. Spectators are welcome and can attend for free to watch on October 15 and 16.

YMCA’s Golf Tournament & Dinner Celebration on September 16th

The Greater Scranton YMCA’s 3rd Annual Harry P. McGrath Memorial Golf Tournament & Dinner Celebration will take place Friday, September 16th at Glen Oak Country Club. While the golf portion of the day is sold out (interested golfers can be added to a waiting list), the evening portion of the event is open to everyone, not just golfers, and dinner tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Following the completion of the golf tournament, the evening celebration will begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner/program at 7:30 p.m.

Harry McGrath was a proud member of the Greater Scranton YMCA. He specialized in education law, advocating for the rights of all students, particularly those with special needs. It became his passion to improve the quality of education for children living in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Proceeds from the tournament will support the Y’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, a six-week program serving rising first and second grade students who are struggling with reading and are attending the Dunmore and Mid Valley School Districts.

“Our dad worked tirelessly so that children in this area had the necessary tools to succeed in school,” said Betsy McGrath Ardizoni, Event Coordinator and Greater Scranton YMCA Board Member. “The Summer Learning Loss Prevention program is consistent with his goal of using his legal career to positively impact the lives of the children he was privileged to represent, and our family is humbled and grateful to honor his legacy through a program he would undoubtedly support.”

Committed sponsors thus far include:

  • Gold Sponsors: Universal Printing Company LLC
  • Silver Sponsors: Jen Ricci State Farm; Haggerty, McGrath, Collins, O’Rourke and James Families
  • 19th Hole Sponsors: J. Conrad Bosley Appraisal Services; NET Credit Union; Fellerman & Ciarimboli; Northeastern Envelope Company
  • Backpack Sponsors: The Perry Law Firm LLC; Vanston & James Funeral Home; Malone & Rosetti Wealth Management; Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, PC; Topp Business Solutions; Titan Tree Service, Inc.; Atlas Landscape Contractors; Matrix Fitness; Fidelity Bank
  • Additional Sponsors: Thomas Lyons; P&W/Washo, Inc.; Energy Smart; Barrett Law, LLC; Alliance Wealth Management; Mesko Glass; O’Donnell Law Offices; Joanne Cantafio & Family in Memory of Anthony “Taps” Cantafio; Community Bank; A Gift in Memory of Cody Jude Barrasse; Shrive Law, LLC; Judge Robert Mazzoni; PNC Bank; Pat & Christine Philbin; Wasco Insurance; University of Scranton Athletics; Bender Private

Waverly Community House Fall Programs

Floral Workshop
What: Fall centerpiece make & take! Join farmer-florists Jenny and Ashlee on Saturday October 1st @ 10AM to create a fun fall inspired floral pumpkin centerpiece!
What to expect: 
Meet and greet with your local flower farmers
 Light refreshments
 Design Demo
Hands on experience arranging your own centerpiece

You’ll get exclusive access to fresh Autumn flowers from our gardens to create your pumpkin centerpiece that will WOW all of your guests this Fall!

Where: Waverly Community House Scout Room, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly 
When: Saturday, October 1 at 10:00 am 
Fee: $75 
Reserve your spot today at

Destination Freedom Walking Tour
Tours begin at The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly. To register for a tour, guests can call the Comm at 570-586-8191 or email our Destination Freedom Tour Guide at

Stop by The Comm Library
Enjoy our lending library.
We have an updated assortment of adult and children’s books.

Visit “The Upstairs Thrift”!
Our upscale thrift shop featuring women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and housewares.
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturdays 10am-1pm

Johnson College to Host 29th Annual Golf Tournament

The 29th Annual Johnson College Open will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022, at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor, PA (rain or shine).  Proceeds from this annual golf tournament support the Johnson College Presidential Scholarship Fund. Each academic year, Presidential Scholarships are awarded to four qualified and deserving full-time students. To register to golf, visit

Hospice of the Sacred Heart Receives Golf Tournament Proceeds

Hospice of the Sacred Heart recently received proceeds in the amount of $1,500 from the 4th Annual Sean Powell Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit the Kids Kloset, a pediatric patient initiative of Hospice of the Sacred Heart. The tournament, in memory of Sean Powell, was held July 17th at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor.

The Kids Kloset is a storage locker containing free items offered to pediatric patients and young children dealing with the loss of a loved one. Items include toys, games, electronic devices, books and learning tools.  

The Hospice of the Sacred Heart Kids Kloset is supported in part by a generous grant from AllOne Foundation and Charities and the Sean Powell Memorial Golf Tournament.

The mission of Hospice of the Sacred Heart is to provide comfort, care, hope and choice to patients and their families, while guiding them through the end of life journey.

Johnson College to Host 28th Annual Golf Tournament

The 28th Annual Johnson College Open will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021, at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor, PA (rain or shine).  Proceeds from this annual golf tournament support the Johnson College Presidential Scholarship Fund. Each academic year, Presidential Scholarships are awarded to four qualified and deserving full-time students.

Sponsors of the 28th Annual Johnson College Open to date include:
Presenting Sponsor: Gerrity’s Supermarkets
Advertising Sponsor: Lamar Advertising Company
Platinum: Shea Demolition, Inc.
Platinum Marketing Sponsor: Sweda Advertising
Gold Print Sponsor: Sprint Print
Gold Sponsors: Fastenal Company, Johnson Controls, L.R. Costanzo Construction Services Company Inc., Peoples Security Bank and Trust, PNC Bank, Reilly Associates, Simplex Homes, Sordoni Construction Services, Inc., Toyota of Scranton, Stevens & Lee, and Vacendak Construction.
Cart Sponsor: ShopRite
Breakfast Sponsor: Troy Mechanical, Inc.
Lunch Sponsor: Christiano Welding Supply
Dinner Sponsor: Kutztown University 
Gift Sponsor: Action Lift, Inc.
Cocktail Sponsor – Topp Copy
Mulligan Sponsor: A. Pickett Construction, Inc.
Hole in One Sponsor: Gibbons Ford

For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email, or visit