Around Town: Casablanca and golf all to aid children

Mike McGinley - Guest Columnist

You felt like you were in a movie Thursday night. That’s if you attended CASA of Luzerne County’s third annual “Evening in Casablanca.”

The theme of the night was based on the memorable Humphrey Bogart film.

The benefactors? Abused and neglected children in Luzerne County who will receive the support and assistance of CASA’s special advocates.

The advocates go into the homes, schools and courts to foster relationships with these children – helping them feel comfortable and important.

The event, which had nearly 350 people in attendance, was a smashing success with many mingling throughout the Room at 900 Rutter in Forty Fort.

Organized by event co-chairs Lynn McCarthy and Stefanie Crothers, there was cigar-rolling, casino-style table games, fancy attire and the exquisite service of the Westmoreland Club.

Champagne was served upon entry, giving attendees a preview of the type of affair to expect as they walked in.

Speakers included Frederick Pettit, Esq., Luzerne County Court Judge Jennifer Rogers and John Aciukewicz, CASA’s executive director.

With Times Leader Publisher and CEO Mike Murray being on the board of directors, our team members were sure to be in attendance.

Myself, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kerry Miscavage, Circulation Director Tom Salvo, Production Director Jeff Tinner and Advertising Manager Diane McGee were elated to be on hand at a function raising money for such an important cause. Our company was glad to be a media sponsor as well. You can find even more information out about CASA by visiting

Another good cause we’re glad to be involved with is the second annual Ruth’s Chris Golf Classic on Oct. 8.

Hosted by Metz Culinary Management and Ruth’s Chris, the tournament raises funds for the Dinner for Kids program, which started under the tutelage of Dave and Edna Tevet, former owners of Ollie’s Restaurant, and continues today. The program addresses food insecurity issues for students in the Wyoming Valley West and Dallas School districts by offering foods that adhere to USDA nutritional guidelines and contain measured portions, fresh fruits and a dessert.

Last year, the event raised an impressive $28,243 and this year is expected to be even more.

“We know that area children in need often receive breakfasts and lunches from their schools, but they still can go to bed hungry. Dinners for Kids ensures that they get three meals a day, and it was our privilege to help them in this goal,” Maureen Metz, executive vice president of merchandising for Metz Culinary Management, said at the time.

If you’re a golfer or simply want more information on how to participate in the mission, visit and register by Oct. 1. Sponsorships are also available.

The day includes golf at Huntsville Golf Club, food, contests, prizes and an awards reception at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

While I’m not much of a golfer these days, I’ll be at the awards reception with my donation. I can’t think of anything more important than making sure kids are confident, healthy and getting the proper attention in their formative years.

This program – as well as others locally – are helping our area youth. Questions about the event can be directed to [email protected]

Happy golfing! See you at the steakhouse!

Mike McGinley

Guest Columnist

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.