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Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Awards planning committee meets at Keystone

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Posted: 07/17/2013

McGowan Planning Committee

La Plume – Members of the committee planning the seventh annual Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Awards Program met recently at Keystone College.

The award ceremony will be conducted Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Theatre in Brooks at Keystone College. Honorary co-chairs for the event are John and Pat Atkins. Dorrance and Susan Belin have been named recipients of the 2013 Cornerstone Award.

The McGowan Cornerstone Award honors the memory of beloved clergyman Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan, well known throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania for his outstanding community leadership and support of education. The Cornerstone event continues his legacy by recognizing students and community leaders who reflect his spirit, leadership, and service.

In addition to the Cornerstone Award, seven Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Scholarships will also be presented to students at schools and institutions where Monsignor McGowan devoted his time and service. The award focuses on students who demonstrate significant commitment and leadership in the local community. Students from Allied Services’ dePaul School, Keystone College, King’s College, Marywood University, Misericordia University, Mount Saint Mary’s University, and the University of Scranton will be honored during the September event.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and $225 per couple. Varying levels of sponsorship are available and donations are welcome. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Monsignor McGowan Cornerstone Scholarship Fund, administered by The Luzerne Foundation.    

For additional details, contact Donna Clemens of Keystone College at 945-8155.

Photo Caption: First row, from left are: Donna Clemens; Pat Atkins and John Atkins, honorary co-chairs; and Mariellen Rinaldi. Second row, from left are: Sandy Insalaco, Diane Dutko, Barbara Merdiushev, Patrice Persico, Tina McGovern, Meg Hambrose, Jenny Blanchard, Tish Last and Ruth Connolly.