Around Town: One busy week, but also one well spent

Mike McGinley - Around Town

Where do I begin?

This week was chock full of fun experiences – a movie that made you think, an event that marked an anniversary and a golf tournament that raised thousands for children.

On Wednesday night, some local creative types debuted their short film “Blackhole.” which made guests at the premiere party think about what they would do if the world was coming to an end.

The film depicted several characters with various storylines living out their last few hours.

It left many in the audience noticeably emotional as they watched the 17-minute film at the THINK Center in Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Filming locations included various spots around the Wyoming Valley, too, which the cast and crew – including Holly Pilcavage, Jessica Ross, Samuel O’Connell and Alex Manganella – shared during its question-and-answer session.

Kudos to this crew for making something thought-provoking locally and choosing to debut it here before submitting it to film festivals. It’s awesome that a group of young people can pursue their filmmaking interests in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Also last week, Metz Culinary Management and Ruth’s Chris Steak House hosted the third annual Golf Classic at Huntsville Golf Club, benefiting Dinner for Kids, a program that provides healthy meals to children who need them.

After the golf tournament, a dinner and awards reception was held at Ruth’s Chris, where awards were bestowed upon the deserving competitors, including my buddy Lorenzo Medico, his brother, Mariano, and their dad, Larry, who came in first in their flight again this year.

The tournament raised $50,000 this year – more than $12,000 higher than last year’s total. It was an amazing feat for a one-day event.

If you’re a golfer, consider participating in this one next year.

Finally, the week ended with the 32nd annual Business Hall of Fame and 50th anniversary of Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania at PNC Field in Moosic.

Guests were invited to mingle, hear about JA’s history and honor supporters who have so generously donated to the cause of enabling young people to achieve economic success. Through experiential learning and entrepreneurial programs, area grade and high school students are empowered.

The crowd especially enjoyed getting tours of the Montage facility and listening to WBRE’s Nick Toma as he hosted the event.

That same night, the Wilkes-Barre POWER! October meeting was held at Le Manhattan Bistro in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Guests were beyond impressed by the food selection and passed hors d’oeuvres LMB served.

Working with the staff to plan the event was simple and seamless.

The night raised awareness for Kiss Theatre Company and the Dancing Stars of Wilkes-Barre competition on October 19. More information can be found at

As I wrap up writing this on Friday, I’m grateful for the amazing people I came across this week in Northeastern Pennsylvania – and all the amazing things that were happening.

Mike McGinley

Around Town

Mike McGinley is the Times Leader Media Group’s major accounts executive. Reach him at [email protected] or 570-704-3945.

Mike McGinley is the Times Leader Media Group’s major accounts executive. Reach him at [email protected] or 570-704-3945.