There are individuals in our community who, like NWNEPA, have faithfully invested their time and talents to the betterment of the quality of life in northeastern Pennsylvania. This honor, named in tribute to the late governor, is intended to acknowledge their efforts, and most important, to allow for the rest of us to learn from their service. We are pleased to present the 2016 honorees: the late Meg Cullen-Brown, Jim Brown, and Don & Cathy Rhoten. The Casey medals were presented at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center on Oct. 13, 2016.
We were thrilled to welcome more than 400 guests to this beloved affair, including former Pennsylvania first lady Ellen Casey, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. and a large contingent from Washington, D.C.
Sponsorship Opportunities & Tribute Book
There are always many opportunities to congratulate the honorees and support the Casey event. One way is to purchase an advertisement in our Tribute Book, which also comes with logo placement on a large-screen slideshow. Take a look at our 2016 Tribute Book here: 2016 Casey Medal Tribute Book
Her life was over suddenly and all too soon, but the astonishing model of selfless service left to us by Meg Cullen-Brown is enough to fill many lifetimes. Community leader, thoughtful educator, loving matriarch and dear friend to so many, her life exemplifies the gratitude and joy that radiates from being so generously centered on the happiness of others. Whether encouraging an international student far from home, or strongly supporting the mission of NeighborWorks NEPA or offering up her kitchen table as a warm and cheerful escape from the craziness of the world, her unique brand of kindness was ceaseless. We will be forever grateful for her legacy of love in action.
In an arena in which there are far too few, Jim Brown was always a gentleman. In a lifetime served in the rough and tumble of local, statewide and national politics, his is an exceptional example of fairness, respect and unquestioned integrity. He personifies all that is right and good about public service. Using his extraordinary gifts for strategic thinking, clear vision and sound judgment, he shepherded complex public policy into measurable action for the betterment of the common good. Whether directing multi-million-dollar urban development deals, tackling the intricacies of seating federal judges or forever transforming the health care landscape to benefit countless children, he selflessly answers the call to substantially make life better for others.
Don & Cathy Rhoten.
We all love heroes. We all need people in our lives to look up to, to emulate and even to occasionally swoop in to save us from the perils of this world. To generations of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, Don and Cathy Rhoten are superheroes! While doing so without the benefit of capes, this dynamic duo has been brilliant educators, tireless advocates and exceptional leaders in the advancement of the deaf community for four decades. Just a few years back, a very special group of kids in northeastern Pennsylvania really needed their super powers of dedication, vision and commitment and The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children was born. Theirs is a heroic legacy of service, generosity and unconditional love.