Paul Waliczek, owner of Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre, recently received the Thomas E. Pugh Award for Compassion during the 15th annual Disability and Spirituality Seminar, held at Allied Services Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre Township.

This award is given annually to an individual or organization dedicated to furthering inclusion and opportunities for people with disabilities. The award was named for Thomas E Pugh whose long career at Allied Services was marked by his service to individuals with disabilities at the non-profit health care system and throughout the region.

Working with SAFE (Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere), Mr. and Mrs. Waliczek annually host bowling parties for children with autism. 2015 marks the 10th year that this event has taken place at the lanes in Wilkes-Barre.

Heinz Rehab Hospital also recognized the Right Rev. Mitred Archpriest James G. Hayer for his years of service to the hospital. In addition to serving as a member of the hospital’s interfaith Pastoral Care Advisory Board and Conference Committee, Father Hayer also chaired three of the hospital’s Spirituality and Disability conferences and presented a talk at one of them.

PHOTO ID 1: left to right, Thomas E. Pugh; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Waliczek, owner of Stanton Lanes, Wilkes-Barre; Atty. William Conaboy, President & COE, Allied Services Integrated Health System.

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