by Maria J. Santomauro, Development Director
Despite unpredictable weather conditions, hundreds turned out in support of Rockathon on February 5. Residents and Little Sisters, several area schools and parish youth
groups, staff and volunteers, all formed “Rocking” teams to come into Holy Family Residence and Rock from Noon until 4 pm. All participants enjoyed live entertainment, refreshments, raffles and prizes.
Scranton Prep’s team led by sophomore Olga Opshinsky, Dalton, was awarded the Team Spirit Award which was given out for the most uniquely decorated Rocking Chair. Judging this event was Promotions and Marketing Director from WNEP-TV, Laurie LaMaster. Prep also took First Place for the Team with most pledges. Second Place went to Team #4 from St. Paul’s, led by Virginia Farrell of Scranton.
Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers was the Corporate Sponsor of this event and donated 10% of the sales from 5 different locations. They were Davis Street and Wyoming Avenue both of Scranton; O’Neil Highway, Dunmore; Viewmont Drive, Dickson City and Rt 6 & 11, Clarks Summit. Prospector from Rock 107’s morning show was on-hand doing live breaks from the Wyoming Avenue location from Noon until 2 pm.
Nearly $15,000 was raised by the end of Saturday. Donations are still coming in. The Little Sisters rely on such fund-raising initiatives as well as donations of in-kind commodities needed to care for the elderly residing at Holy Family.
Little Sisters of the Poor and Corporate Sponsor, Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers were Rocking at the Wyoming avenue location with the help of Rock 107.
From Left to Right: Sr. Marie Therese, LSP; Prospector, Rock 107-morning show host; Sr. Marie Gertrude, LSP; Steve Kepic, President, QSF Restaurants-Wendy’s Franchisee.
Scranton Prep Team-Prep Sophies—Winners of First Place with most revenue and Team Spirit Award for Most Creative Chair—Left to Right : Danny Marx (Math Teacher at Prep); Alec Metta (Prep); Niel MacDonald (Prep); Jimmy Fazzio (Abington)—rocked for Brian Blomain; Principal Patrick Marx (Prep); Molly Siebecker (Prep); Sydney Gedman (Prep); Olga Opshinsky (Prep); Megan Bershefsky (Prep); Kristen Davis (OLP)—rocked for Katherine Lord; Sr. Maureen, LSP; Seated – Kaitlyn Davis (Prep); Maddie Conway (Prep) *Katherine Lord and Brian Blomain were unable to attend but did collect money for the event.
Team #4 Saint Paul’s School—2nd Place Winners—Left to Right: Monica Shaffern; Maggie Nealon; Melissa Berardelli; Nick Atherton-Ely; Mother Maureen.
Mother Maureen, caption of the A-Team cheers on team member, Resident, Fred Rindock.
Rockers of Ages—seated from left to right: Residents and family members—Nancy Mack; Nancy Warrick; Audrey Roche; Anne Valentine; Standing left to right: Dolores Warrick; Barb Weber; Donna Solon; Carole Battaglia and Carol Cron.