VaxServe & Sanofi Pasteur Signature Corporate Citizenship Program Continues to Support Struggling Northeast Pennsylvania Families
More Than $83,000 Raised Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA, Employment Opportunity and Training Center, and Marley’s Mission
Sep 18, 2014
SCRANTON, PA – September 18, 2014 – Tonight VaxServe, Sanofi Pasteur, and hundreds of community enthusiasts continued their commitment to assisting local children in need at the seventh annual Lackawanna County Community Fundraiser.
The “Jazzin’ It Up” initiative – held at POSH – raised more than $83,000 to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania, EOTC (Equal Opportunity Training Center) and Marley’s Mission -- three Lackawanna County organizations that assist children and families at risk through educational, developmental and therapy programs.
VaxServe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sanofi Pasteur located in Moosic, and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, have covered all event costs for each of the seven fundraisers. As such, one hundred percent of all funds raised through corporate sponsorships and ticket sales were donated to the three non-profit organizations. Sanofi Pasteur conducts a similar event in Monroe County. Combined, since their inception, the two local events have collectively distributed more than $2.1 million to dozens of non-profit organizations serving those in Northeast Pennsylvania.
“This year we have a new venue, a new charity (Marley’s Mission) and a new sense of hope and inspiration for our children here in Lackawanna County, thanks to the life-changing work of our non-profit beneficiaries, and the commitment of those who have rallied around this event year after year,” said Al Thomas, associate vice president and general manager, VaxServe, who – along with Sanofi Pasteur’s Frank Epifano – provided executive leadership for the program. “During these uncertain economic times, this Community Fundraiser is not only needed, it is also a source of inspiration and a strong example of the true spirit of community.”
U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. once again served as honorary chair of the fundraiser. This is the fifth consecutive year that Casey, whose mother Ellen is actively involved with EOTC, has served in this capacity.
“We are extremely grateful to have been included in this meaningful community initiative,” said April Loposky, founder of Marley’s Mission. “Donations will assist with providing equine-based therapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma. Equine therapy yields a variety of benefits such as confidence, self-concept, communication, anxiety reduction and most importantly, trust.”
“Vital to the mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania, this fundraiser allows us to continue serving more than 1,000 local children every year, most from low income families,” reported Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of NEPA. That service includes healthy meals, educational activities and tutoring and homework assistance.”
Jazz for the evening was provided by Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars, saxophonist Tom Hamilton and his jazz trio, the soothing vocals of Erin Malloy, plus a variety of instrumentalists.
Media sponsors included WNEP-TV, WBRE-TV, WYOU-TV, WOLF/Fox TV, The Scranton Times Tribune, LaMar Outdoor Advertising and Joyce Outdoor Advertising.