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The Scranton Area Foundation Turns the Big 6-0

The Scranton Area Foundation (SAF), which is the community foundation of Lackawanna County since 1954, has recently celebrated a milestone. 60 years, that is. And in the past 60 years, the Scranton Area Foundation has funded over $12 million to many non-profit programs in the city of Scranton, including ones that support human services, health care, education, the environment, community development, scholarships, and community art & culture.

To commemorate its 60th anniversary, the SAF hosted an Open House at their offices and hallways in the Jewish Community Center on April 4 from 4pm to 7pm. It was part of Scranton's First Friday festivities.

Members of the SAF mingled with artists an local business people. Local catering company Accentuate - Caterers of Distinctive Events provided hors d'oeuvres, such as potato pancakes and sausage and peppers on a stick to the attendees of the event.

The walls in the hallways displayed artworks, such as paintings and mixed media art. This art exhibition was called "The Arts Celebrate Our Community". Artists, who had their art displayed at the open house include Joe Kluck from Simpson PA, owner of Signs Around Town, Bill Teitsworth from Scranton, and Peter Hoffer from Moscow, PA.

SAF collaborated with Artists for Art (AFA), a local visual arts organization, to make this art exhibition. SAF also gave AFA a grant for life drawings classes. SAF also recently gave a grant to the Catherine McAuley Center for homeless women and children, and a grant to Geisinger for Medicaid patients.

The Open House also had a bulletin board with photos and letters of past projects, which were funded by the foundation. Organizations, which were funded by SAF includes the Boys & Girls Club of Scranton, Countryside Conservancy, Johnson College, ARC, Scranton Cultural Center, United Neighborhood Center (UNC), and Headstart.

The purpose of the Open House was to give the SAF the opportunity to thank the people of Lackawanna County for their support over the years, and to educate the public about the mission and impact of the Scranton Area Foundation.

"Each individual gift to the Scranton Area Foundation makes a difference, often in ways that are immeasurable," commented Laura Duccheschi, President & CEO of the SAF. "I continue to be moved by the extraordinary generosity of the people of this region, especially toward those in need."

The Open House also highlighted SAF's partnership and shared office space with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation, which supports community health and wellness in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties.

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