Save the date!  Saturday, February 16, 2013
  • WHERE: @ The Hilton Scranton & Conference Center in Scranton, PA
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • COST: $125 per person
    • PURCHASE TICKETCLICK HERE for Google Checkout under “Monetary Donations”. Purchase tickets and note Gala 2013.
  • Emcees: WNEP’s Sofia Ojeda and Thom Welby


Blue Ribbon Gala 2013 Co-Chairs:

Kathleen Bolling Bell and Gretchen Wintermantel



If you are interested in being a Gala 2013 sponsor, please contact Rebecca Haggerty at or (570) 687-0926.

Mail sponsorship or donations to: Marley’s Mission, 1143 Northern Blvd #128, Clarks Summit, PA, 18411.


Special Recognition Awards 2013

Golden Bridle Award
This award recognizes a corporation or business that has financially contributed to the success of Marley’s Mission by promoting awareness and making a significant difference in the life of a child.

  • Blackout Design Inc
  • JonesKohanski, Certified Public Accountants
  • Dan Simrell, Dan Simrell Advertising
  • Matt Burne Honda

Gateway Award
This award recognizes an individual, organization or agency that is an advocate for children’s rights, is dedicated to protecting children, and collaborates with Marley’s Mission in the healing of children.

  • Lackawanna County Children & Youth Services

Saddle of Hope Award
This award recognizes an individual who has inspired members of Marley’s Mission and has made a significant, positive impact in the lives of others.

  • Denise Vitali Burne
  • Keith Eckel

The Spirit Reigns Award
The Spirit Reigns Award is designed to honor a dedicated young person under age 18 who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to Marley’s Mission. The award acknowledges the dedication and positive spirit of children who, by their actions, promote hope and healing.

  • Gianni Iona

The Blue Ribbon Award
This award recognizes a volunteer who embodies selflessness and charity through time and extraordinary dedication to Marley’s Mission.

  • Tara Iona

Remembering Zachary Award
A special award in memory of Zachary, a beautiful fourteen month old boy, who was a victim of child abuse. This award recognizes the passionate and tireless efforts of an individual who brings greater awareness to child abuse and the protection of children.

  • David Tyler
  • Andy Jarbola, District Attorney


Blue Ribbon Gala 2013 Committee:
Nunzi Allegrucci
Ronda Beemer
Val Calpin
Linda Cappellano
Maria Conigliaro
Rose Crotti
Lizzy Davis
Courtenay Degnon
Dami Dietrich
Noelle Ruby DePietro
Donna Doherty
Jess Farrell
Melissa Foley
Jeanne Giallorenzi (co-chair, First and Second Annual Blue Ribbon Galas)
Nettie Goldstein
Rebecca Haggerty (co-chair, First and Second Annual Blue Ribbon Galas)
Paulette Hamilton
Tara Iona
Sandy Lamanna
Joy Lewis
Melissa Smith Loughney
Donna Nasser
Maggie Nasser
Tami Prall-Nasser
Ashley Machiesky
Katie Manley
Lynn Mendicino
Eileen Barrett Notarianni
Gabrielle Palmieri
Trinka Ravaioli
Shannon Roche
Kara Seitzinger
Nicole Severs
Amy Scoblick
Laura Talerico
Stephanie Refice Williams


2012-2013 Art Contest Announced!

The theme for this year is “What Does a Forever Home Mean to You?”  The deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 15, 2012.

Click here for details, submission forms and to preview images from last year’s submissions.