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Namedropper 5/5/2019

May 5, 2019

Golf tournament to tee off

Mark Kwiatkowski will serve as the celebrity chairperson for the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 19th Annual Golf Tournament on May 13.

Kwiatkowski has won several medal for his golf prowess and a gold meal in the Golf Skills competition at the Pennsylvania Summer Special Olympics in 2013. He also won gold for skills in driving, long putt, short putt, chipping (his favorite) and sand traps during the Special Olympics USA Nationals in 2014 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Kwiatkowski, of Moosic, was honored for his accomplishments from various government and media entities. He continues to golf with his unified partner, Joe Lillis, with Area P Special Olympics and attends tournaments in Kutztown and Belles Springs with the local chapter. This year, Kwiatkowski, along with Lillis, won a gold medal in their level at Belles Springs.

Kwiatkowski also bowls with The Arc, participates in The Arc Angels on Stage and various Arc activities throughout the year. In Special Olympics, he not only participates in golf but also basketball, bocce and bowling.

His parents, Pat and Teddy Kwiatkowski, also of Moosic, are extremely proud of all of his accomplishments.

Carol Chisdak is serving as chairwoman of the captain and crew format golf tournament on May 13 at Glen Oak Country Club in Clarks Summit. The tournament is open everyone and begins with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration is at 11 a.m. A buffet lunch and dinner is included in the tournament fee of $150 per person.

Sponsorships and openings are available. For more details, contact Eileen Rempe at The Arc at 570-346-4010.

High notes

Scranton Prep senior Lauren Golden was honored during the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Cocktails by Moonlight benefit on April 26.

Lauren, a social justice advocate, was recognized as Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA’s Youth Ambassador.

Lauren is the founder of Clubs and Keys, a golf tournament. Lauren raised $40,000 for the center this year during the tournament.

Also honored at the event were Deborah Rothenberg, first district attorney of Wayne County, who received the Hero in Our Midst Award; the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton and Dr. Melvyn Wolk, who received the Child Advocate Award; and Penn State Scranton and Dr. Marwan Wafa, chancellor, who received the Distinguished Service Award...

Super students

... In other Children’s Advocacy Center news, Johnson College senior Matthew Darrow organized the school’s third auction to benefit the center of NEPA.

Darrow, a Logistics & Supply Chain Management student, organized the event as part of an internship.

“It was an honor and tremendous opportunity to be able to work with an amazing organization such as the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA which gives time and support to the youth of our community,” he said.

During the fundraiser on April 11, more than 70 items created by students in the Carpentry & Cabinetmaking program were auctioned off, including: cutting boards, chess boards, stools, benches, tables, cabinets, wine racks and a toy box. Most of the items were made from reclaimed wood.

The auction raised more than $7,000 for the local nonprofit.

Organizing the event also helped prepare Darrow for the workforce. To do so, he applied the communication, team work and project and resource management skills, he learned as student at Johnson.