NEWTON TWP. — The board of directors of Marley’s Mission announced the winners of six awards to be presented at the sixth annual Marley’s Mission Blue Ribbon Gala, the organization’s major fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.
The Golden Bridle Award, which 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, will be given to The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc. and Toyota of Scranton.
The Spirit Reigns Award, designed to honor a dedicated young person under the age of 18 who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to Marley’s Mission and acknowledges the dedication and positive spirit of children who, by their actions, promote hope and healing, will be given to Olivia Kay, a 12-year-old singer from Edmond, Oklahoma and supporter of Marley’s Mission.
The Saddle of Hope Award, which recognizes an individual who has inspired members of Marley’s Mission and has made a significant, positive impact in the lives of others, will be given to Bill Ruark, owner of Meshoppen Stone.
The Blue Ribbon Award, which recognizes a volunteer who embodies selflessness and charity through time and extraordinary dedication to Marley’s Mission, will be given to David Lesh and Al Day.
The Champion of Hope Award, which recognizes an individual, organization or agency that is an advocate for children’s rights, is dedicated to protecting children, and collaborating with Marley’s Mission in the healing of children, will be given to Black Sheep of West Scranton and Toyota of Scranton.
The Remembering Zachary Award, in memory of Zachary, a 14-month-old boy who was a victim of child abuse, recognizes the passionate and tireless efforts of an individual who brings greater awareness to child abuse and the protection of children, was given to Det. Chris Kolcharno of the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.
State Sen. Lisa Baker will serve as the honorary chairperson. Baker has assisted the organization in securing funding through the commonwealth for the second phase of the construction of the Marley’s Mission campus.
This year’s gala co-chairs are Kathleen Manley, Florence Lawless, and Nicole Severs.
Proceeds from the gala will support the annual operations of Marley’s Mission, allowing the services to be provided free of charge to the children served by the organization.