Colleagues and friends regaled an audience of more than 65 with anecdotes and tributes about Jan McCabe at the Ramada, Clarks Summit Thursday evening, Nov. 15. The Abington Journal hosted its 6th annual presentation of an award recognizing a member of the community who affects a positive change on a small or grand scale, makes a unique difference in the daily lives of others, donates time and ideas to community organizations and shapes the altruistic nature of the area. John Crounse, Esther Friedmann and Mary Tuthill explained how the former Clarks Green tax collector and 44-year volunteer and board member at the Abington Community Library worked, raised a family, made a difference in her community and still found time to prepare meals and provide transportation to friends in need. Abington Community Library Director Leah Ducato Rudolph presented McCabe with a floral tribute from the library board and staff. McCabe accepted the award and enjoyed an evening with those in attendance, including her son JR, who traveled more than five hours in support of his mother.
Also, in attendance were prior year Lifetime of Service honorees; Marge Black, Warren Watkins and Oscar Koveleski.
The Award was established in the Fall of 2007, with the first honor made posthumously to the family of R. Matthew Burne.
In 2007, the Burne family offered a donation in R. Matthewâ??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 in the amount of $2,000 was made to the charities selected by McCabe, who were in attendance at the event.
The Abington Journal paid tribute to the late R. Matthew Burne. Denise Vitale Burne, sister of the late R. Matthew Burne, presented McCabe and the benefiting organizations with donations. They included Abington Community Library, Friends of The United Methodist Homes and Family to Family Thanksgiving Baskets.
For additional photos from the event, see the Nov. 21 edition of the Abington Journal.
Information on those organizations, from above is available below.
Abington Community Library
1200 West Grove Street, Clarks Summit
Mission: To facilitate lifelong learning, provide for leisure-time interests, support student research, and encourage teens, children and adults to read.
Family to Family Thanksgiving Baskets
444 Orchard St., Scranton, PA 18505
Mission: The project gives out 3,000 baskets to families with children living at the poverty level or below. Baskets are given out the day before Thanksgiving at the Scranton Cultural Center to allow recipients to prepare meals in their own owns. This is the programâ??s 26th year; it has served 350,000 people in those years.
Suggested donation: $25 feeds one family; however, whatever a donor can afford is appreciated
Friends of the United Methodist Homes of Pennsylvania
Mission: A volunteer group dedicated to helping enhance the quality of life for the residents of the Tunkhannock Manor and Wesley Village campuses of the United Methodist Homes through their service and community events. Recent projects have provided Christmas gifts for residents, entertainment programs, Whisperers for hearing impaired residents, large print books, special chairs and shoes, Valentines for each resident, special needs such as Holy Communion and music projection equipment.