Front row, from left to right: Laura Toole, Executive Vice President, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Chuck Morgan, Amanda E. Marchegiani, Community Relations Coordinator, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Leo Vergnetti, Board of Ambassadors Chairman and Karen M. Saunders, President, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. Second row, from left to right: Kristie Hynoski, Brian McQuestion, Jessica Kalinoski, Associate Board Co-Chair, Mark J. Conway, Esq., Angela Rempe Jones, Associate Board of Ambassadors Chair; Robin Long, and Patrick Sicilio. Back row, from left to right: Richard P. Conaboy Jr., Clarence Baltrusaitis, and Matt Beynon. Board of Ambassadors: Absent from photo: Tom Blaskewicz, Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D., Thomas P. Cummings, Jr., Esq., Thomas P. Cummings III, Esq.; William Davis, Tom DePietro, Mary Erwine, Greg and Meghan Gagorik, James T. Gorman, John Heil, Suzanne Jaffe, Charles C. Jefferson, Joe Mattioli, William Rinaldi, Philip Medico, David J. Nape, Eugene D. Sperazza, Esq., Paul McGloin, Joe G. Ferguson, Esq., John P. Rodgers, Esq., P. Richard Scheller, Vince Scarpetta, U.S. Representative Dan Meuser, Melissa Stites, Jim Brady, Susan Brady, Christopher A. Peters, M.D, Evie Rafalko McNulty, Joseph Tomko, Joe Van Wie, Patty Vergnetti, Jennifer Heil, Nevin Gerber, and Steven J. Szydlowski, Ph.D. Associate Board Members: Absent from photo: Jo Ann Romano Hallesky, Chris Lynch, Traci Fosnot.

SCRANTON, PA – The Spirit of Hope Celebration Board of Ambassadors and Associate Board of Ambassadors presented the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute with a $56,888 check from their 2019 Spirit of Hope event.

“On behalf of the Ambassadors who truly exhibit the ‘Spirit of Hope’ we are thrilled to present you with these funds to help many thousands of individuals receive early detection and free screenings,” said Leo Vergnetti, Chairman of the Board of Ambassadors.

The Board of Ambassadors, a group of community volunteers, hosted the eighth annual Spirit of Hope Celebration in November 2019 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. More than 300 people were in attendance. The event featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a live and silent auction. Ryan Robeson was the Tribute to Courage Honoree.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Cancer Institute’s Community-Based Cancer Screening Navigation Program. This program helps low income and un/underinsured individuals in northeast Pennsylvania get their recommended colorectal, breast, cervical, and lung 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.