East Stroudsburg, PA – Pocono Health Foundation and The Rotary Club of the Smithfields held their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 27, 2012, which awarded non-profit agencies grants that will improve the lives of children in the community. This year, the Holiday Tree Lighting funded eight organizations in the total amount of over $7,000 dollars. Those recipients are:
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bridge: Monroe County
- Center of Vision Loss
- Melon’s Gift Inc.
- Pocono Alliance
- Pocono Area Transitional Housing (PATH)
- Pocono Family YMCA
- Pocono Services for Families and Children
- Youth Infusion Inc.
“We always look forward to the holiday season here at Pocono Medical Center as it gives us an opportunity to work alongside the Rotary Club of the Smithfields in giving back to our community,” says Kathleen E. Kuck, President & CEO of Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center.
The Pocono Health Foundation Grant Committee selected this year’s recipients based on a competitive grant review process. One of the recipients, Melon’s Gift, Inc, created a program called Kan-Dou: Kids & Dogs Unite which is a six-week after school program that helps bullied or at-risk bullied teenagers ages 14-18 to train shelter dogs in the event that the dogs would be more likely to become adopted and bullied teenagers gain confidence, assertiveness, and become less of a target to bullies within the schools and/or community. Kan-Dou: Kids & Dogs Unite is essential to the community by reducing the likelihood of teenagers participating in self destructing activities such as alcohol and drug use to cope with their feelings and pain.
The Pocono Health Foundation and Rotary Club of the Smithfields raises funds by the sale of red, green, and white holiday bulbs in memory or in honor of a special person. The bulbs can be purchased by calling the Pocono Health Foundation at (570) 476-3530. Individuals can learn more about the Pocono Health Foundation by visiting PoconoHealthFoundation.org.
Caption: (l-r): Larry Clark, President of the Rotary Club of the Smithfields, Beth Moses, Melon’s Gift, Inc., Kathy Kuck, President/CEO Pocono Health System.