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Mark Your Calendars:

To report upcoming events Call Debbie Dudley @ Maple, 570-342-8305, ext.2063

The 7th Annual

Sunday, May 31, 2009 University of Scranton Soccer Stadium

Girls All Stars - 5 p.m.; Boys All Stars - 7 p.m. Tickets $5 Proceeds Benefit Friendship House

“A Night of Laughter” WiseCrackers Comedy Show

Honorary Chair, Alyn Scheatzle

to Benefit Residential Facilities Friday, June 5, 9 p.m., Doors Open 8 p.m. Tickets $15, Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton. To purchase tickets: Maple or Satellites: Lauryn Cleveland or Maria Munley; Autism: Stacy McHale; Residential: Dennis Engles Jr., Elm: Joe Lib- eratore. Tickets redeemable until Aug. 29, 2009

May, Foster Care Month

The Foster Care & Adoption Department of Scranton recently represented Friendship House at the Child Abuse Prevention Month event at the Scranton Courthouse. The event was held outdoors April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is held to raise awareness about the realities of child abuse and inspire the community to assist those in need and help heal the wounds caused by abuse. Other organizations dedicated to the welfare of children and families were also in attendance. Local artists were commissioned to sketch a mural representing the positive power of children in our so- ciety. The public was invited to paint portions of the mural at the event. Upon completion, the child abuse prevention mu- ral will be displayed in several public locations in Scranton. The foster care and adoption staff brought marketing materials to the event and promoted the foster care/adoption and other Friendship House programs including Autism, Partial Hospitalization, Trauma and Loss and Outpatient Services.

A Resource Parent Appreciation Picnic will be held May 19 from 5-8 p.m. at Maple Street to honor our hardworking and dedicated Resource Parents.

Wednesday, August 19

New Location Glen Oak Country Club

ThankYou Grazie Merci Dyakoyo Gracias Danke σας ευχαριστούμε

To Children and Staff

On behalf of all the community organizations who benefitted: A Special Thanks to children in the Partial Day Program and Residential Care who solicited orders and col- lected funds, and to staff who made donations. Red brace- let sale for the American Heart Association raised $100. Donations raised $110 for dog and cat food for the Hu- mane Society of Lackawanna County. (Special thank you to Donna Zimmerman for the suggestion). Daffodil Days sales raised $750 for the American Cancer Society for can- cer research and educate people about the importance of cancer prevention and detection. The daffodil is the first

flower of spring and a symbol of hope. Chris Ewasko, Residential Life Skills, Recreation Coordinator

To Brian Baldinucci

This is to recognize Brian Baldinucci for his work with the children in developing the Student Council and its service projects. He has helped build confidence and a spirit of coop- eration and good-will among the children and helped uplift

staff morale. “Thank you, Brian” on behalf of kids and staff. Kevin Kerrigan, Behavioral Support Staff, Elm Street Education Department

Laura Holder, Foster Care Case Aide-Secretary

“Smart Thoughts” Welcome

Friendship House has implemented a “suggestion box” entitled “Smart Thoughts.” Smart Thoughts are ideas which could benefit children or staff at Friendship House by improving quality of care or contributing to cost savings. Sub- missions should be sent to Laura Crifasi, Executive Secretary, at Maple Street, by e-mail to SmartThoughts@FriendshipHo usePA.org or by snail mail, P.O. Box 3778,

Student Council Projects Build Morale with Thoughtfulness

The Student Council has begun a new morale-build- er by sending home-made cards to Friendship House staff and children on their birthdays. The Council will also, on re- quest, send a special “pat-on-the-back” to anyone observed going the extra mile to do a “Good Deed” in service to chil- dren or staff. Good Deed recognition may be “ordered” by contacting me, Brian Baldinucci, at Elm Street, Ext. 1034, or by sending an e-mail c/o MCunningham@FriendshipHouse

PA org .. Brian Baldinucci Intervention Specialist ,

1509 Maple St., Scranton, PA 18505.

7th Toby Joyce Memorial Tournament

IBEW Local 81 Bowling League again donated pro- ceeds from the Toby Joyce Memorial Tournament held at South Side Bowl to Friendship House. Standing, from left are, Craig Arcurie, league president; Christine Gilroy, FH vice president; Ed Scott, league treasurer; Catherine (Mrs. Toby) Joyce, Jack Flanagan, IBEW business manager; Robert H. Angeloni, FH president, and Gino Arcurie, league secretary.

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