WVCA In The News:
Sundance Vacations Sponsors Wyoming Valley Children’s Association “Do it For the Kids” Walk-A-Thon
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) is proud to announce that the 26th Annual “Do it For the Kids” Walk-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Sundance Vacations has generously agreed to be the Presenting Sponsor for the event.
The “Do it For the Kids” Walk-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Each year, the event raises thousands of critical operating dollars for the WVCA School and its students. The Walk-A-Thon is family focused and features community vendors, kid-friendly activities and a 2.5 mile walk route down Wyoming Avenue.
WVCA is thrilled to receive the support of Sundance Vacations as the Presenting Sponsor for the Walk-A-Thon. Sundance Vacations has been an avid supporter of WVCA for many years and has sponsored this event at a leadership level for the past five years.
Nina Zanon, WVCA Executive Director, states: “WVCA is proud to partner with Sundance Vacations for what will hopefully be another successful Walk-A-Thon event. The funds raised from the walk truly make a difference in the lives of the children we serve each day. Many thanks to Sundance Vacations for their unwavering support of our students!”
Geisinger Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute partners with Luzerne/Wyoming CATCH Clinic
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) is proud to announce that Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) has joined the Childhood Autism Team Check (CATCH) Clinic team.The CATCH program is a collaborative effort to help identify and diagnose children in our community who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The program is coordinated by WVCA and made possible through a partnership between WVCA; Hazleton Area School District Early Intervention Preschool; Step-By-Step, a local behavioral agency; and now Geisinger ADMI.Geisinger will have two staff members assigned to the CATCH team to aid in testing and diagnosis. This will add a wealth of knowledge and resources to the program. Children who are diagnosed through the clinic will now also have the opportunity for a follow-up appointment at the ADMI center for further support.
Nina C. Zanon, WVCA Executive Director, comments: “WVCA is proud to host this incredible team which has made a difference in the lives of so many children and families. We look forward to this new partnership with Geisinger.
The CATCH clinic began serving children in Luzerne and Wyoming counties in 2007. To date, the program has evaluated more than 320 children. The program utilizes a team approach and uses the most up-to-date methodology and testing for the assessment and diagnosis of Autism or related conditions. Children are accepted into the CATCH clinic after an initial evaluation through one of the Early Intervention offices.
American Legion Post 815 supports WVCA and remembers Ray Majikes
Representatives from American Legion Post 815 recently awarded Wyoming Valley Children’s Association with the proceeds from their annual golf tournament, totaling $6,700. The tournament is an annual event that has been running for over twenty years, but two years ago was renamed the Ray Majikes tournament in honor of the longtime friend of the Post.
Dr. Jen’s Hope Foundation presents $5,000 gift
WVCA received a generous donation from the Dr. Jen’s Hope Foundation of $5,000 from the 4th Annual Dr. Jennifer Sidari Hope is Contagious Golf Tournament. WVCA was thrilled to receive this gift and its impact will touch so many young children’s lives. Featured above, the Sidari family presented two $5,000 donations to two local charities: the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association and the Greater Hazleton United Way. Dr. Jen’s Hope Foundation has awarded nearly $400,000 in memory of Jen Sidari to help charities and provide scholarships in the Wyoming Valley. To read more about the tournament click here.
Wells Fargo Foundation Supports WVCA
Representatives of the Wells Fargo Foundation recently presented a grant award in the amount of $5,000 to Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) to support the school’s Together We Grow Preschool program. WVCA’s Preschool offers a rich learning environment, individualized instruction, small class sizes, certified teachers and expert therapeutic support at its location on Wyoming Avenue in Forty Fort.
Nina Zanon, WVCA Executive Director, states: “We are thrilled to have such wonderful support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Generosity from strong community partners such as Wells Fargo allows us to keep the cost of our tuition and fee for services extremely affordable for area families.”
Wells Fargo Foundation supports organizations working to strengthen our communities by giving back to non-profits and educational institutions that address vital community needs.
Mohegan Sun Pocono donates books to WVCA
PUBLISHED: JUNE 26, 2017 – The Citizens’ Voice
Representatives of a book fair at Mohegan Sun Pocono recently visited the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) in Forty Fort to donate approximately $550 of Usborne books. Usborne offers 50 percent in free books for organizations, such as Mohegan Sun Pocono, that host a book fair. Each classroom was able to receive books from their respective wish lists. First row, from left, are WVCA students Aiden Ramirez, George Sibley, Abraham Youells, Alex Clark, Ryan Dunn, Lucas Wengrzynek, and Jack Saunders. Second row: WVCA students Kyle Munley, Hunter DeFrain, Sophia Nesgoda, Ayomide Keshinro, JessAnnae Jackson, and Clark Carpenter. Third row: Mohegan Sun representatives Sarah Petroski, HR admin.; Jenelle Osborne, HR manager; Emily Churchfield, licensing generalist, and Debbie Luchetti, data input clerk.
WVCA receives an $840 donation from Wilkes University’s UNICEF Club
WVCA was thrilled to receive an $840 donation from Wilkes University’s UNICEF Club’s autism awareness t-shirt sale. Pictured with WVCA students and Executive Director Nina Zanon is Corrine Bonnerwith, UNICEF Club Treasurer, Courtney Moyer, UNICEF Club President and WVCA Teacher Jane Denion.
Ms. Bonnerwith indicated that WVCA’s mission is a lot like that of UNICEF’s, “to strive for common reasons to bring people togethe for worthwhile causes.” Thank you to Wilkes University UNICEF!