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Winter Bliss, a cocktail fundraiser to benefit the Greater Pittston YMCA's new cancer recovery wellness program, THRIVE, will be held next Sunday, Jan. 20, at Palazzo 53 on Main Street in Pittston

To Help Restore and Increase Vitality through Exercise, THRIVE, is our ultimate goal with this program, said Craig Lukatch, CEO of the Greater Pittston YMCA.

Our new focus here at the Y is our community; making sure the Greater Pittston area is as healthy as they can be mentally, spiritually and physically.

Winter Bliss is the brain child of Beth Barcia, owner of Palazzo 53. Her idea was to transform her restaurant into a fun, hip cocktail event with local celebrity bartenders all to support THRIVE.

Palazzo 53 and the Y brought together patrons of the restaurant and those who support the Pittston community to serve as the guest bartenders.

All proceeds of the event including all tips will go toward the THRIVE program.

Guest bartenders include Rosemary Dessoye, Executive Vice-President of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce; Lori Nocito, Executive Director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre; Rachel Pugh-Domiano, Vice President of Media Optimization ReferLocal; Girard Mecadon, attorney at Mecadon Law; Ed Ackerman, editor of the Sunday Dispatch; Alexandra Kokura, attorney at Lackawanna County; and Joseph Joyce Jr., Vice President, Commercial Lines Joyce Insurance Group.

A community that supports each other is happier and healthier community, said Lukatch. We people to take an active role in their community and this is one way, supporting the Y, its mission and the TRHIVE program

THRIVE gives cancer patients and survivors a free 24-week membership for themselves and their families to the Greater Pittston YMCA – because cancer affects more than just its host.

During the 24 weeks, the survivors can participate in weekly group exercise classes and personal training designed to help them work with their post-diagnosis bodies and reclaim some of what cancer has robbed them of – strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, health and a supportive environment outside of their treatment centers and hospitals. These are people who are trying to rebuild their lives and they are looking to our Y community for help and support.

The Greater Pittston YMCA's goal is to help those affected by cancer to resume an active and healthy lifestyle through fitness, social activity, nutrition and much more.

The program vision is: To empower cancer survivors to improve their quality of life through YMCA fitness, aquatic and support programs.

Winter Bliss is Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Palazzo 53 on Main Street, Pittston, The event is $50 per person with all proceeds and tips going directly to the THRIVE program.

To place a reservation call the YMCA at 570-655-2255 or stop by the Y. Make all checks payable to the Greater Pittston YMCA.

For more information contact Craig Lukatch at 570-655-2255 ext.101 or clukatch@greaterpittstonymca.org

The Greater Pittston YMCA is located on Main Street, Pittston, and offers a wide variety of programs and activities from everyone from newborns and pre-schoolers to teens, adults and senior citizens.


WHAT Winter Bliss cocktail party

WHEN Sunday, Jan. 20, 5-7 p.m.

WHERE Palazzo 53, S. Main St., Pittston


THRIVE gives cancer patients and

survivors a free 24-week membership for themselves and their families to the Greater Pittston YMCA – because cancer affects more than just its host.

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