by Jackie Galvin, director of development and communications
March 16, 2016
A friend of mine once told me birthdays are special days and should be celebrated with family and friends. But, you know it must be an extra special birthday when not only your friends and family honor you, but also the mayor, county commissioners, congress, and even the president of the United States!
March 9 was indeed an extra special day when we celebrated the extra special birthday of an extra special lady. On this date, our very own Helen Magas marked her 100th birthday.
To observe the occasion, Helen, along with her family and friends, gathered with residents, staff, and the Little Sisters at a party in her honor. To begin the festivities, state rep. Marty Flynn presented Helen with a proclamation and congratulations from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Helen’s centenarian celebration was also recognized by state senator John Blake with a congratulatory certificate and proclamations by Scranton Mayor William L. Courtright and Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni, and Laureen A. Cummings all declaring Wednesday, March 9, as “Helen Magas Day” in the city of Scranton and in Lackawanna County respectively.
But, perhaps Helen’s biggest surprise of all was the personal letter of congratulations she received from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. In the letter, the First Couple wished Helen a happy 100th birthday and remarked they were “… delighted to join your family and friends in sending our warmest wishes on this milestone.”
Following the presentations, everyone enjoyed live music, fellowship, and lots of fun to honor this special woman.
Until next time,