Spirit of Hope Celebration

Spirit of Hope Celebration

Presenting Sponsors


All other sponsors are listed below ticket information.

Spirit of Hope Celebration
Friday, November 12, 2021

7:00 to 10:30 p.m. 
Mohegan Sun Pocono
$130 per person

The Spirit of Hope Celebration is an event hosted by the Board of Ambassadors. This cocktail party celebration includes an open bar, food stations, live music, and silent and live auctions. It raises money for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute's Patient Navigation Program, which helps low-income individuals in Northeast Pennsylvania access direct cancer related health-care-services. Since inception, the event has raised $380,000 for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.

Sponsorship Information

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Amanda at NRCI by email: [email protected]

Sponsorship Packet 2021

Online ticket sales have ended.

Please join us at the event! You can purchase event tickets and raffle tickets at the door tonight.

2021 Tribute to Courage Honoree
Richard P. Conaboy Jr. 

Richard P. Conaboy Jr. knows all too well that cancer does not discriminate. He has lost two daughters, two brothers-in law to cancer and his son, daughter and sister are cancer survivors. Currently his sister-in law is being treating for her cancer. As if cancer didn’t already hit close enough to home, Dick was diagnosed with cancer within the last year and is doing well. Despite the losses and pain Dick has faced related to cancer and his own addiction recovery, he has continued to give back to the local community through the Spirit of Hope Celebration Board of Ambassadors, the American Cancer Society, and other organizations near and dear to him.

Dick is a graduate of Marywood University where he earned a B.S in Psychology. He has been in the field of addiction and recovery for over 20 years. He spent two decades working at Clearbrook Treatment Center where he over saw the day-to-day operations of the DDAP licensed and JACHO accredited residential treatment facilities as Vice President of Clinical Operations. He is currently the CEO of Lakeside NEPA Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center located in Scranton.

He has dedicated his life not only to his own recovery, but also to helping those afflicted by the disease of addiction. Dick is well respected in the community as a speaker, educator, and advocate for those in the recovery community. Whether it’s helping those in need or his own medical care, Dick has continued to be an embodiment of the spirit of hope.


Diamond Sponsor

Cocktail Underwriter
Lakeside NEPA

Platinum Sponsor

W. Nevin Gerber/Gerber Associates

Gold Sponsor
JoAnn Romano Hallesky

Emerald Sponsor
Nicholas Colangelo
University of Scranton
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Greg & Meghan Gagorik
Recovery Rises Foundation (formerly Clear Brook Foundation)
Ned & Mary Ann Abrahamsen

Silver Sponsor
Holiday Inn Express
Jennings Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
Wells Fargo Advisors
Wayne Memorial Hospital

In-Kind Sponsors
Allied Services-Printing
DeLuca Frigoletto Advertising- Graphic Design
WNEP-TV- Media Sponsor
Lamar Advertising- Media Sponsor
Luzerne County Community College, Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute-Dessert Sponsor
Jeff D'Angelo Designs-Décor Sponsor
Paul LaBelle & Tony Vergnetti-Musical Entertainment
Michael Straub Photography-Photography Sponsor
Montage Mountain-Lunch Sponsor
Sandi K Photos- Photo Booth

Click below to see WNEP-TV PSA

WNEP-TV Spirit of Hope PSA 


The Board of Ambassadors and the Associate Board of Ambassadors

The Board of Ambassadors and the Associate Board of Ambassadors consists of individuals and business leaders in Northeast Pennsylvania who come together to raise funds & awareness to fight cancer in the local community through their support and promotion of a gala event. We hope you will join us in support of The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and its mission of easing the burden of cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Leo P. Vergnetti
Clarence Baltrusaitis
Matt Beynon
Thomas Blaskiewicz
Jim & Susan Brady
Dino Campitelli
Trish & Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D.
Richard P. Conaboy Jr.
Thomas P. Cummings, Jr., Esq.
Thomas P. Cummings, III, Esq.
William Davis
Tom DePietro
Mary Erwine
Joseph G. Ferguson, Esq.
Traci Fosnot
Greg & Meghan Gagorik
Nevin Gerber
James T. Gorman
Jo Ann Romano Hallesky
John & Jennifer Heil
Kristie Hynoski
Charles C. Jefferson
Joe Mattioli
Paul McGloin
Brian McQuestion
Evie Rafalko McNulty
Philip Medico
Dan Meuser
Chuck Morgan
David J. Nape
Christopher Peters, M.D.
Vito Pizzo
Billy Rinaldi
John P. Rodgers, Esq.
Vince Scarpetta
P. Richard Scheller
Patrick Sicilio
Eugene D. Sperazza, Esq.
Melissa Stites
Steven J. Szydlowski, Ph.D.
Joseph S. Tomko
Joe Van Wie

Linda Marino-Brooks
Marta Gomes
Robin Long
Amanda E. Marchegiani
Dana Morris
Jessica Ruddy
Vanessa Vergnetti