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First National Community Bank is holding a “Christmas in July” promotion to benefit food pantries and soup kitchens in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Throughout the month of July, in partnership with WBRE and WYOU TV, FNCB has been collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items and monetary donations at each of their 19 community offices in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties.

Donations will stay locally and help meet the needs of numerous locations including St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton, St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen in Wilkes-Barre and the Hazleton food pantry.

The drive comes at a time when pantry shelves are extremely low but the need is high.

The Commonwealth Medical College will host its sixth annual Gala on Oct. 18 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. At this year’s annual Gala, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania will be honored in a special tribute.

TCMC’s annual Gala raises money for student scholarships. The black-tie optional event includes a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner followed by a silent auction and dancing to the music of “Which Doctor” and “Hoopla.” Tickets are $175 per person. Sponsorships and program advertisements are available.

To become a sponsor, purchase an ad, or reserve your seat, call the Development Office at 570-504-9650 or visit us at www.thecommonwealthmedical.com/gala.

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