2015 Community Awards Program
Hilton Scranton & Conference Center

ncacThursday, June 11, 2015
Complimentary Cocktails – 4:30 p.m.
Dinner & Program – 5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by June 9, 2015
Cost: $60.00 per person
$45.00 per person NCAC & NEPA Members

To register for the event visit


 or call Kurt Bauman or Lee Ann Chamberlain at 570.655.5581.

 Keynote Speaker


George Stark
Director, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

George Stark is the Director of External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. In this role, George directs external and internal outreach including government affairs, advertising, media relations, corporate social responsibility, and communications campaigns. He also oversees efforts in building community relationships and furthering workforce development and natural gas utilization within the industry.

In addition to his roles on several oil and natural gas industry organizations, George currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, and the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. Prior to Cabot, George worked at Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania/Maryland for 15 years and most recently held the position of Director of External Affairs during his tenure. He lives in Peters Township, Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
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Sundance Vacations Charities

Silver Sponsors
Bronze Sponsors

Finalists Announced

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 NCAC Community Awards Program. The first place and runner-up winners will be announced at our dinner on Thursday, June 11, 2015. 

~ Arts & Culture ~

Pocono Arts Council
PA Partners in the Arts
(Monroe County – Regional)

Tamaqua Community Arts Center
Dear Tamaqua Project
(Schuylkill County)

~ Children & Youth ~

Dinner for Kids
Dinner for Kids
(Luzerne County)

Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA
Food-N-Fun @ Park
(Luzerne County)

~ Education ~

Center for Developmental Disabilities
Early Education Project
(Pike County)

Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation
SHINE Afterschool Program
(Carbon & Schuylkill Counties)

~ Environmental Action & Animal Welfare ~

Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)
Solar Powered Mobile Kiln for
Processing & Recycling Oxides from Acid Mine Drainage Off-Grid
(Luzerne County- Regional)

Schuylkill Headwaters Association, Inc.
Mary D Borehole AMD Treatment System
(Schuylkill County)

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern Pennsylvania
SEEDS: Our Five Year Milestone: 2008-2013
(Wayne & Pike Counties)

~ Health & Human Services ~

Care and Concern Free Health Clinic
Funding Assistance for Diagnostic Testing
(Luzerne County- Regional)

Volunteers in Medicine (VIM)
Volunteers in Medicine (VIM)
(Luzerne County – Regional)

 ~ Ted Daniels Community Development ~

Schuylkill County’s VISION
Schuylkill County Youth Summit
(Schuylkill County)

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Hitchner Apartments
(Lackawanna County)

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists!

Reception Committee

Lauren Allen, Vice President and Director Client and Community Relations
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Charles Barber*, President & CEO
The Luzerne Foundation

Laura Ducceschi*, President & CEO
Scranton Area Foundation

Paul Edwards, Executive Director
Wayne County Community Foundation 

Suzie Farley, VP/Treasurer
ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation

Tammy Jackson, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager
NBT Bank

Megan Kennedy*, Executive Director
First Federal Charitable Foundation

Eileen Kuperavage*, Executive Director
Schuylkill Area Community Foundation

Daniel J. Reavy, Director of External Affairs
Verizon Pennsylvania

Kevin Rogers, Trustee
Margaret Briggs Foundation

Jim Pedranti*, Chairman
Greater Pike Community Foundation

*NCAC Board Members

Community Awards Program Overview 

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Community Assistance Center (NCAC) Community Awards Program was established to highlight and acknowledge the organizations that improve the quality of life within our seven-county region, which includes Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.

The six award categories include:

Ted Daniels Community Development
Arts & Culture
Environmental Action/Animal Welfare
Health & Human Services
Children & Youth

According to Charles Barber, NCAC Board Chairman, “the Community Awards event pays tribute to the many hard working and dedicated nonprofit organizations and community minded groups whose efforts seek to accomplish a common goal; improving the day to day lives of those who live here.”

First place award winners will receive a donation of $500 for their organization and the runners up will receive a free NCAC annual membership. The first place award winner of the Ted Daniels Community Development Award will receive a $1,000 donation.

 NCAC will also award the Nonprofit Project/Program of the Year award to one exemplary project or program that has the greatest positive impact on a community or the region. The winner of this award will receive a $2,000 donation and will be chosen from one of the six categories.

Special Thanks

NCAC is grateful for Sundance Vacations’ on-going support for our Community Awards and is proud to be recognized for their charitable efforts. Sundance Vacations donates annually to the Domestic Violence Service Center, Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, and over 40 other charities. Recently, the company has launched a new charities site. Sundance Vacations Charities lists all the organizations they donate to with helpful links to donate yourself.

The company also utilizes its large social media presence for a charitable benefit.  On Sundance’s Vacations Facebook, one client’s vacation photo is posted every day and the traveler’s photo with the most likes and shares at the end of the month gets to donate $500 to the charity of their choice.  Sundance Vacations puts forth the money on behalf of the Sundance Vacations’ Photo Contest winner, donating it in their name. The culture of giving back to the community is a year-long focus for Sundance Vacations and everyone from the CEOs to part-time employees is part of that effort.

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