Lighting up the Pittston sky

Paint Pittston Pink committee woman Melissa Latona, left, takes a cellphone photo of event co-founder Barbara Sciandra, center, and her sister Ann Fisher prior to the awards ceremony and launching of the lanterns at Pittston’s Riverfront Park Friday evening. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Paint Pittston Pink co-founder Qiana Lehman presents the The Unsung Hero Award to Joe Nealon. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Sal Sciandra, right, presents The Spirit of Community Award to Matt Latona (holding daughter Maya) on behalf of Latona Trucking. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area teacher Sara Mazzitelli, a two-year cancer survivor, launches a lantern noting her anniversary. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Members of the late Tom and Dianne Tigue family, lower right, lift their lantern on behalf of their parents as other lanterns are visible in the distant sky. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Members of the late Tom and Dianne Tigue family accept the Celebration of Life Award from Melissa Latona. From left, are Andy and Tracy Ashby, Latona, Rowan, Kristen and Chris Lazevnick. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Pat Plominski, Pittston, awaits her lantern to launch during the Paint Pittston Pink Memory Lantern Launch and Awards night Friday evening at Pittston’s Riverfront Park. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Cancer survivor Kara Martin presents Tony Callaio with the inaugural Cancer Survivor Award. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

PITTSTON — The night sky lit up Friday as the Paint Pittston Pink Memory Lantern Launch and Awards were held at the city’s Riverfront Park. Event co-founders Barb Sciandra and Qiana Lehman recognized several people and organizations for their efforts in the fight against cancer. Members of the Tom and Dianne Tigue family were honored with the Celebration of Life Award. The Unsung Hero Award went to Joe Nealon. Matt Latona accepted the Spirit of Community Award on behalf of Latona Trucking and well-known local photographer Tony Callaio was presented with the inaugural Cancer Survivors Award.

Paint Pittston Pink committee woman Melissa Latona, left, takes a cellphone photo of event co-founder Barbara Sciandra, center, and her sister Ann Fisher prior to the awards ceremony and launching of the lanterns at Pittston’s Riverfront Park Friday evening.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Lanterns1.jpgPaint Pittston Pink committee woman Melissa Latona, left, takes a cellphone photo of event co-founder Barbara Sciandra, center, and her sister Ann Fisher prior to the awards ceremony and launching of the lanterns at Pittston’s Riverfront Park Friday evening. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Paint Pittston Pink co-founder Qiana Lehman presents the The Unsung Hero Award to Joe Nealon.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Lanterns2.jpgPaint Pittston Pink co-founder Qiana Lehman presents the The Unsung Hero Award to Joe Nealon. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Sal Sciandra, right, presents The Spirit of Community Award to Matt Latona (holding daughter Maya) on behalf of Latona Trucking.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Lanterns3.jpgSal Sciandra, right, presents The Spirit of Community Award to Matt Latona (holding daughter Maya) on behalf of Latona Trucking. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Wyoming Area teacher Sara Mazzitelli, a two-year cancer survivor, launches a lantern noting her anniversary.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Lanterns4.jpgWyoming Area teacher Sara Mazzitelli, a two-year cancer survivor, launches a lantern noting her anniversary. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Members of the late Tom and Dianne Tigue family, lower right, lift their lantern on behalf of their parents as other lanterns are visible in the distant sky.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Lanterns5.jpgMembers of the late Tom and Dianne Tigue family, lower right, lift their lantern on behalf of their parents as other lanterns are visible in the distant sky. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Members of the late Tom and Dianne Tigue family accept the Celebration of Life Award from Melissa Latona. From left, are Andy and Tracy Ashby, Latona, Rowan, Kristen and Chris Lazevnick.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Lanterns6.jpgMembers of the late Tom and Dianne Tigue family accept the Celebration of Life Award from Melissa Latona. From left, are Andy and Tracy Ashby, Latona, Rowan, Kristen and Chris Lazevnick. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Pat Plominski, Pittston, awaits her lantern to launch during the Paint Pittston Pink Memory Lantern Launch and Awards night Friday evening at Pittston’s Riverfront Park.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Lanterns7.jpgPat Plominski, Pittston, awaits her lantern to launch during the Paint Pittston Pink Memory Lantern Launch and Awards night Friday evening at Pittston’s Riverfront Park. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Cancer survivor Kara Martin presents Tony Callaio with the inaugural Cancer Survivor Award.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_Lanterns8.jpgCancer survivor Kara Martin presents Tony Callaio with the inaugural Cancer Survivor Award. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch