First Posted: 1/6/2015
As The Abington Journal prepares to award the eighth annual R. Matthew Burne Lifetime of Service Award, we are requesting nominations from the community for consideration. Qualifications of the individual to be nominated for the award would include: affecting a positive change on a smaller or grand scale in the community; making a unique difference in the daily lives of others; donating time and ideas to community organizations and taking an active role in shaping the altruistic nature of the area.
The award was established in the fall of 2007, with the first honor made posthumously to the family of R. Matthew Burne. Burne originated a fundraising event in the Abingtons known as the “Haunt of Sean Drive,” was a lifelong advocate for the St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton and dedicated himself to numerous other organizations and individuals in need.
In 2007, the Burne family offered a donation in R. Matthew’s memory and has generously agreed to partner with The Abington Journal in continued support of the Lifetime of Service Award. This year, a donation by the Burne family will be made to the charity selected by the recipient of the 2014 R. Matthew Burne Lifetime of Service Award.
To submit a nomination, send the following information to Office Manager Judy Minsavage, firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Minsavage c/o The Abington Journal, 211 South State Street, Clarks Summit, PA 18411:
Nominee’s name, age, town and contact information, along with 50 to 100 words about his or her contribution to the community.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 13.