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The Marley's Mission 2013 Blue Ribbon Gala Committee is currently taking entries for its Second Annual Art Contest and planning its First Friday Showing of the artwork. The theme of this year's art contest is What Does a Forever Home Mean to You? The theme was chosen to reflect the fact that Marley's Mission has found its forever home on a beautiful 32.4-acre property in Newton Township.

We are very excited to see the children's interpretation of our theme, said Courtenay Degnon, who, along with Nicole Severs, is co-chairing the Children's Art Committee.

The Art Contest is open to all children in grades K-12 from anywhere in the United States. The deadline for this year's art contest was extended to Nov. 28.

The artwork will be displayed Dec. 7 at Starbucks in The Mall at Steamtown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. People who come to the First Friday showing can pay $1 to vote for their favorite drawing, and a People's Choice Award Winner will be chosen. All money raised that evening will go directly to Marley's Mission.

Those interested may contact art@marleysmission.com with any questions or visit http://www.marleysmission.com/gala-art/ for guidelines, entry forms, and examples of last year's entries.

The Marley's Mission Art Contest began with the Second Annual Gala in 2011. In its first year, more than 100 entries came in from children as far away as Maryland and New York.

We're hoping to get even more entries this year, said Mrs. Severs.

Co-chairs of the 2013 Blue Ribbon Gala are Kathleen Bolling Bell and Gretchen Wintermantel. The Blue Ribbon Gala, which is the organization's major fundraiser, will be held at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave. in Scranton, from 6 to 11 p.m. For more information on the Third Annual Blue Ribbon Gala, visit www.marleysmission.com/blue-ribbon-gala-2013/.

Marley's Mission, which is currently based in Lake Ariel, is a non-profit organization that provides Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy at no cost to children and families who have experienced trauma. To date, Marley's Mission has treated more than 180 children from seven counties since opening its doors in July 2010.

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