During this special anniversary event, which took place Oct. 13 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania honored four community leaders, one posthumously, with the prestigious medals.
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.
A bit about this year’s honorees:
- A posthumous medal for lifetime achievement was awarded to the late Meg Cullen-Brown, who died unexpectedly in May. She had dedicated her professional life to service to her community, parish and higher education and was most recently director of the University of Scranton’s office of the registrar and academic services.
- Don and Cathy Rhoten were the driving forces behind the new Scranton School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children. They saved a state school threatened by a funding cut-off and turned it into a thriving private institution that still serves the people of greater Scranton.
- James W. Brown was U.S. Sen. Robert Casey’s former chief of staff and is best known for the key role he played in two of Gov. Casey’s major accomplishments: the Steamtown Mall project and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which later became a model for the nation.
This year, we send out special thanks to our 75 sponsors and contributors, without whom we could not have pulled off this gala affair. To view those sponsors and supporters and the congratulatory ads or greetings they placed in our Tribute Book, click here: https://www.nwnepa.org/robert-p-casey-medal-for-a-lifetime-of-service/2016-gov-casey-medal-tribute-book/
The Casey medals, named in honor of the late governor, are presented annually by NWNEPA, which has worked with community partners to strengthen local neighborhoods through homeownership and home-preservation services for 35 years. NWNEPA is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks America network.