Weis Markets Gives Back: Changing Lives In More Ways Than One


Stocking the shelves and changing lives! It’s the goal behind Weis Markets’ 10th annual “Fight Hunger” campaign across our area. The project is now underway through Oct. 4.

To date, the supermarket corporation has raised more than a million dollars for local food banks in our area.

The grocery store chain is also one of eight corporate sponsors of WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run 8. The charity campaign raises money for kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. You can support WNEP’s Ryan’s Run at this link!

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey visited the Weis store in the Clarks Summit area Thursday morning to explain how people can get involved in the “Fight Hunger” campaign, the items you can donate, and the places that’ll benefit.

Earlier this month, when Weis first kicked off its “Fight Hunger” campaign, the supermarket allocated its first week of fundraising efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Just over $214,000 was raised for the cause.

“Fight Hunger” Facts

100% of proceeds will be donated to area food banks in the form of gift cards to help fill gaps in food supplies.HOW TO HELP:
Donate shelf-stable items
Purchase $1, $4 and or “Round-Up Donation” to the next whole dollar
For every $4 coupon purchased a gallon of Weis Quality Milk will be donated to the local food bank.
Make a PayPal donation here!
Purchase a Reusable Fight Hunger bag.

Organizers say “this program typically generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in product and direct donations by Weis customers to local food banks, pantries and emergency food providers. Weis supplements their giving with a matching corporate donation.”


Granola Bars
Peanut Butter
Apple Sauce
Canned Vegetables
Canned Beans
Canned Fish
Canned Fruits
Boxed Mac & Cheese
Boxed Skillet Dinners

Cornhole tailgating game a hit with fans

REPOSTED from The Times Tribune

MOOSIC — Joe Carlin got his introduction to cornhole when he won RailRiders tickets in a competition with the team’s interns about a year-and-a-half ago, and he was hooked.

The 28-year-old Scranton resident then bought a small set to play the game — during which players take turns throwing 16-ounce beanbags at a raised platform with a hole 30 feet away — while tailgating at baseball games and concerts. He soon discovered the area has a growing scene centered on the activity.

With teammate Kenny Heater of Scranton, Carlin took second place in the competitive bracket of the second annual NEPA Cornhole Tournament on Saturday at PNC Field, placing behind Scott Laba and Shane Coyne from the Syracuse area, the defending champions.

“It’s fun; it’s a backyard sport,” Carlin said. “With NEPA Cornhole, they built a little community for it. It’s cool to meet other people that play, to be competitive with each other. It’s like a family. Everyone wants everyone else to improve and test each other’s skills, so when it comes time for a tournament, we’re ready.”

Carlin first took the leap from casual to competitive when Heater told him about a NEPA Cornhole tournament, and the pair’s standings have gradually improved through their first few competitions.

At PNC Field, the tournament included two brackets, with 24 teams playing in the competitive division and 16 in the social division, said T.J. Griffiths, co-founder and co-owner of NEPA Cornhole with Tony Lucarelli.

The 40-year-old Old Forge resident recalled having fun playing it at family events and tailgating at New York Giants and Penn State games, but having to travel out of the area to play in tournaments as he got more into the game.

“We said, ‘Let’s try to grow the sport locally,’?” Griffiths said. “The support has been great. We’re doing well with tournaments.”

A social scene has coalesced around the game at some local bars, including the Backyard Ale House in Scranton, and the new organization has a weekly league at Oak Street Express in Taylor.

NEPA Cornhole held a tournament that raised money for Allied Services and Ryan’s Run, which Griffiths said drew more than 70 teams, and has events at Susquehanna Brewing Co. in Pittston, including a tournament scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 24.

Another tournament is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel in Scranton, raising money for the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA.

Griffiths, who became a regional director of the American Cornhole League about two weeks ago, described cornhole as a growing sport whose national championships got favorable ratings on ESPN2.

He sees improvement in the local skill level, but also room for more growth.

“The competitiveness in this state is nowhere near the South yet,” he said.

Contact the writer:; 570-348-9100, x5181; @kwindTT on Twitter

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8: How To Get Involved


Inspiring Fitness. Challenging Disability. Changing Lives. That’s the motto for WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run which has officially launched year eight.

The charity campaign kicked off on Newswatch 16 This Morning on Wednesday, August 16. The project continues through November 5, the weekend of the TCS New York City Marathon.

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run raises money for kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.  Allied is one of our area’s largest nonprofit organizations with a mission of “providing miracles in rehab.”

You can donate to Ryan’s Run 8 by clicking here.

You can also mail checks to: 

Allied Services Foundation
c/o WNEP’s Ryan’s Run
100 Abington Executive Park
Clarks Summit, PA 18411

If you donate $30.00 or more, you’ll receive the latest Ryan’s Run workout shirt and qualify for a Dream Vacation Raffle:

  • For every $30 official team shirt purchased, you earn one entry into a raffle drawing for a dream vacation.
  • It’s a five day, four night Caribbean vacation including accommodation, transportation, and transfers.
  • All donors who have already purchased a shirt will be automatically entered.

The official kick off event for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run will be held Thursday, August 17, at Mohegan Sun Pocono at 7:30 p.m. as a part of “Party on the Patio.”

This year’s free concert event features “Separate Ways The Band,” a Journey tribute band.

Although it’s free, the concert venue gives folks a chance to meet this year’s team of runners (Team Leckey) and donate to receive the newest Ryan’s Run athletic shirt.

You can head to the official WNEP’s Ryan’s Run website and meet our team at this link or you can keep up on the latest Ryan’s Run events by viewing our Facebook page. You can also get involved by calling 570-348-1407.

About WNEP’s Ryan’s Run:

The charity campaign is spearheaded by morning man Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey. New in year eight, our very own Julie Sidoni will also join Ryan in this cause along with 50 other area runners.

They will all run in the world famous TCS New York City Marathon on November 5.

Before the big race, the team is collecting as much cash as possible for the cause through various community events to help change lives here at home.

Ryan’s Run earned the silvery charity status by the New York Road Runners. The status puts our campaign on the same level as internationally respected organizations such as UNICEF.

This year’s runners were chosen during the winter months through applications submitted through WNEP and Allied.

A Few Fun Facts:

  • To date, WNEP’s Ryan’s Run has raised more than $2.1 million to help kids and adults with disabilities throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
  • The campaign has also received multiple honors. Ryan’s Run was named by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as an “Outstanding Television Public Service Campaign.”

Helen Doesn’t Hear “Can’t”, She Hears “Try”

REPOSTED- Posted July 20th, 2017 by  in Adaptive SportsAssistive TechnologyFunding Assistance CentersFunding ResourcesGeneralHome ModificationsStories

Helen Doesn’t Hear “Can’t”, She Hears “Try”

Written by Carmella Rynearson, PATF Funding Assistance Coordinator

What do puppies, kitties, ice cream, and video editing software all have in common? Well, they’re some of Helen Macek’s favorite things, of course. I first met Helen, a 9-year-old girl from Moosic, PA when she was participating in an All Abilities Walk. I was immediately drawn to her energetic, bubbly personality. Helen was an ambassador for Allied Services’ Ryan’s Run Campaign that raises money and sends a team of runners to participate in the New York City Marathon. Allied has engaged in Ryan’s Run for 7 years, raising $2.1 million to promote miracles in rehab to change the lives of children and adults with disabilities, life-changing injuries, and chronic illness in NE and Central PA. Helen herself receives therapy at Allied two days per week. While Helen raves that she participates in this walk because, “It’s fun!”, her mother was happy to see that Helen was able to increase her walking from last year.

Helen sits on a table, propping up her blue Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses for the camera.

Helen uses knee ankle foot orthoses to support her legs.

Helen is an extremely happy and active girl. She prefers to move around her home by hopping with her arms in a seated position. Born with Sacral Agenesis, a rare congenital disorder characterized by abnormal fetal development of the lower spine, Helen is paralyzed from her thighs down. Although she has some sensations in her lower body, it is sporadic. But Helen is very determined in all she does, and her parents nurture her enthusiasm any way they can. Rather than using the word “can’t”, they always choose “try” when Helen asks if she can do something.

Helen uses a variety of assistive technology to support her independence. She uses a wheelchair (with pink highlights) for traveling long distances and a (gold) walker to promote exercise. Helen has a ramp for wheelchair access into her home and she uses (leopard print) Ankle and Foot Orthoses (AFO’s) and Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses (KAFO’s) to help with support of her feet/ankles/legs. Funding for her assistive technology and other supports has been covered by a combination of her primary and state health insurance plans, as well as funding from Early Intervention, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Allied Services.

Close up of Helens leopard print and pink Ankle Foot Orthoses.

Helen has a passion for flair, and her assistive technology is no exception. Here she shows her leopard print ankle foot orthoses with pink accents.

Helen is an ambitious 3rd grader, by any definition of the word. One of her passions is editing videos, and she was very excited to show me a video she made with her iPad when I visited this past winter. Currently, the Make a Wish Foundation is helping her with her wish to learn to produce and edit videos. But, ask her what she wants to be when she grows up and she’ll tell you her goal is to open her own bakery called Kitty Coffee; she’s already created her own menu items.

Helen’s active life also includes happy memories of throwing out the first puck at the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey game and when I met with her she was anticipating going on a field trip to the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Railriders Baseball game this spring. In terms of sports, Helen also has her own bow and will start Archery lessons soon. And, as if she isn’t busy enough, Helen makes a point of attending themed board game conventions whenever they come to her area. She will be a Kitty Fairy this upcoming event. Despite some serious health scares in her lifetime, Helen remains extremely positive and involved within her community, making good use of assistive technology to support all her endeavors.

Curious how PATF can help you determine and access available funding resources for your assistive technology? Contact us!

‘Clash For Cash’ Breaks Fundraising Record


PLAINS TOWNSHIP — A mix of sweat, stamina and determined athletes all helped break a fundraising record at a charity fitness competition Saturday at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey announced more than $30,000 was raised during Clash for Cash. That’s $10,000 more than last year.

The money from this family-friendly fitness event benefits WNEP-TV’s Ryan Run, which helps kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

140 athletes, of all abilities, competed for prizes during various workouts.

Elizabeth Thumann of Damascus Township said, “This is my second year. I like it because Allied helped me when I first moved to the area. They provided in-home services.”

Robert Polashenski of Hazle Township added, “It’s intense. It makes you really work out hard and make you see what you can do yourself.”

A few hundred people came out to cheer on those athletes and even donated to WNEP-TV’s Ryan Run.

Baker Tilly Announces Sponsorship of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run

REPOSTED from Baker Tilly

CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. (April 6, 2017) – Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) is proud to serve as a major corporate sponsor of Ryan’s Run 8, the annual campaign of Allied Services Integrated Health System to raise funds for children and adults with disabilities across Northeastern Pennsylvania.“Ryan’s Run has become near and dear to our team members in Pennsylvania and firmwide, and it is rewarding for us to see how the money we raise is used to purchase cutting-edge rehab technology to help so many individuals,” Mark Ross, Baker Tilly’s healthcare practice leader, said. “We look forward to being a part of this year’s campaign and applaud Allied Services and all donors for their continuous involvement and support.”Since Ryan’s Run began, Baker Tilly has raised and donated more than $100,000 to Allied Services. Annually, a team member of the firm leads fundraising efforts throughout the year and runs in the TCS New York City Marathon in November. Paraprofessional Laura Robson represented Baker Tilly as the firm’s marathon runner in Ryan’s Run 7, completing her first marathon. The campaign in total raised more than $500,000 in 2016.

On November 5, WNEP TV’s Ryan Leckey and 50 other runners will complete the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon, which will mark the conclusion of the Ryan’s Run 8 campaign. Baker Tilly’s Ryan’s Run 8 runner representative will be Kelly Seeger, a staff consultant on the firm’s healthcare consulting team.

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Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) is a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized professionals connect with clients and their businesses through refreshing candor and clear industry insight. With approximately 2,700 employees across the United States, Baker Tilly is ranked as one of the 15 largest accounting and advisory firms in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 141 countries, with 28,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.8 billion.

Test Your Fitness: Registration Opens for ‘Clash for Cash’


Think you’re fit? Now’s your chance to prove it at one of northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest fitness competitions called “Clash for Cash.”

Registration is now open for the charity event.

It takes place Saturday, June 24, at Mohegan Sun Pocono near Wilkes-Barre. Spots are limited.

The money raised benefits this fall’s WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 8 which helps kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

Head here to signup and to learn more about the workouts involved in the charity fitness competition.

Your Generosity in Action: An Update on WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 7


After a record-breaking year of fundraising, new life-changing rehabilitation technology has been brought to our area thanks to your contributions to WNEP-TV’s Ryan’s Run 7.

Last fall, you helped us raise $502,315.00. Ryan’s Run benefits kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services.

On Wednesday, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey gave an update on how the money raised last year is changing lives today.

Part of the update included a close look at the purchase of three cutting edge devices from a company called “Tyromotion.”

To learn more about “Tyromotion” and if this device could help with your recovery, head to this link or you can call (570) 348-1360 and (570) 826-3900.

Also during the update segment, Ryan also explained how you can join the eighth WNEP charity team and run with us in the TCS New York City Marathon this November. To apply, head here.

In addition to the “Tyromotion” devices, Allied also invested thousands of other dollars into a wide variety of new rehab devices and therapeutic programs. The technology will help children and adults with disabilities, life-changing injuries and chronic illness in our area.

Your donations also funded:

  • One occupational therapy device for addressing neurological or orthopaedically induced motor impairment at our Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Scranton.
  • Individual therapeutic supplies and devices for at-home and everyday use by children with disabilities.
  • Adaptive children’s tricycles and standers for use in physical therapy sessions.
  • Diagnostic device to benefit the Women’s Health Program.
  • Laptops for the portable computer laboratory at Allied Services dePaul School for children with dyslexia.
  • Music therapy equipment for use in therapeutic programs at our Adult Day Program.
  • Training and community education for behavioral rehab services for teens.

Check out this live Q and A session on Ryan Leckey’s Facebook page about how the donations from Ryan’s Run 7 are changing lives here in our area.

Allied Services seeking runners to help change lives

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Allied Services has begun its annual search for dedicated, passionate runners to join its fundraising team. Since 2010, Allied Services has partnered with WNEP TV to host Ryan’s Run, a fundraising and awareness-raising campaign for children and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. Each year, runners from around Pennsylvania and beyond team up with Allied Services ambassadors to fundraie and spread the word about the campaign. With the help of the runners, their families, corporate sponsors and many more individuals and groups, the campaign has raised more than $2.1 million since it began.

Now, Allied Services is seeking 50 runners to joins it team for the 2017. Runners will have the opportunity to partner with an Allied Services Ambassador as they learn about the individuals and families impacted by the campaign. Allied Services is once again a Silver Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, which means special VIP race-day perks for its runners.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience one of the biggest and most legendary marathons in the world, all while changing lives here at home” commented Charlotte Wright, Director of Special Events at Allied Services. “Time and time again, our runners tell us how the campaign is much more than running a marathon for them. They become part of a team and part of the Allied Services family. Its a truly rewarding experience.”

To learn more about joining the team click here

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