A Celebration of Leadership was hosted June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center at Masonic Temple, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton.
The evening paid tribute to the leadership of the area and highlighted the achievements from the past year of Leadership Lackawanna. It also served to honor the work and dedication of the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2013.
Specifically, highlights included: a Class of 2013 project showcase and presentation of certificates; Presentation of annual awards, including recognition of Dr. Edward G. Boehm Jr. of Keystone College and Austin J. Burke of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; remarks by Lisa Hall-Zielinski of the Small Business Development Center and Mark Volk of Lackawanna College; catering by AuRants of Duryea; wine tasting featuring Robert Mondavi wines and a coffee and dessert bar featuring Electric City Roasting Company and Gertrude Hawk Chocolates.
Projects completed by the Core Program were on display and included: Leadership Lackawanna Phoebe Snow Diner Project which raised awareness about the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS) and their future dinner/brunch excursions. Specifically, the team assisted with the marketing plan and hosted a dining car launch event June 6, at the Radisson Lackawanna Station in Scranton; Foster Our Future Project, in collaboration with Friendship House, included the creation of a National Foster Care Awareness Month marketing campaign. The goal was to educate, promote and encourage families to open their hearts to foster parenting, adoption and mentoring. Their main event was a National Foster Care Awareness family-fun day, aimed at educating the public about foster care and adoption held May 18 on courthouse Square in Scranton. And the “A-Raising Race” project which raised awareness about the United Neighborhoods Centers of NEPA’s programs through a scavenger hunt type race May 11 that took place at multiple locations throughout the City of Scranton. The end location was UNC’s West Side Senior Center where a birthday party was held in honor of UNC’s 90th anniversary.