Clash For Cash Breaks New Record for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run


‘Clash for Cash’ Is This Weekend at Mohegan Sun Pocono


One of our area’s largest fitness competitions is back this weekend at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Convention Center near Wilkes-Barre.

The fifth annual Clash for Cash takes place on Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

It’s expected to bring 140 exercise enthusiasts together from three states.

They’ll compete for prizes by performing various workouts, all to find out who is the fittest.

The charity fitness competition benefits this fall’s WNEP’s Ryan’s Run. It helps kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services. See how the WNEP campaign is changing lives here.

Ryan’s Run is led by Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey.

On Thursday, Ryan spotlighted what to expect at the fifth annual Clash for Cash.

WNEP-TV is proud to be a media sponsor of this competition.

Although the event is sold out to competitors, there are other ways to still be a part of the fun.


You can still support this charity competition by volunteering your time on either Friday, June 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or on Saturday, June 22, from noon until 4 p.m.

To get involved: contact Charlotte at or Erin at You can also reach them at 570-348-1275. You can also just show up at the times mentioned above.


Head here to see the workouts at this Saturday’s charity fitness competition.


Clash for Cash would not be possible without the generous support and venue donation from Mohegan Sun Pocono near Wilkes-Barre.

The casino in Luzerne County has several happenings this weekend that spectators of Clash for Cash can also check out while they’re on the property. Head here to view the “Hot Summer Fun” events.

One note: due to rainy weather, Thursday’s kick off (June 20, 2019) of Party on the Patio has been postponed to next Thursday, June 27.  Click here to keep up to date on all things Party on the Patio and view the bands on tap.

WNEP’S Ryan’s Run 9 Update: Your Generosity At Work!


It’s an update story months in the making.

On Wednesday, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey showed how your donations to WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 9 last fall are making a difference in our area today.

Ryan, who spearheads the campaign, spotlighted the cutting-edge rehabilitation technology you helped make possible during WNEP’s Ryan’s Run in 2018.

Last year’s campaign, year nine, raised just over $602,000 in about three months.

Ryan’s Run benefits thousands of kids and adults with disabilities served by Allied Services across northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

Allied is a nonprofit dedicated to treating people based on need, not ability to pay.

Ryan “followed the money” on Wednesday, June 12, to show your dollars in action.


Although Ryan’s Run 10 doesn’t officially launch until mid-August, you don’t have to wait to support the cause and score the newest campaign moisture-wicking workout shirt. Just click here! A $30.00 donation or more gets you the latest campaign gear.

Our Ryan’s Run 10 team is ready to raise cash for the cause. The 2019 team was chosen in the winter after being interviewed and selected through applications submitted through WNEP and Allied.

Donations can be mailed to:

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


Call 570-348-1407


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.


  • 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.
  • To date, WNEP’s Ryan’s Run has raised $3.2 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.”

Area athletes prepare for a fitness showdown benefitting Allied Services

Allied Services Integrated Health System, a non-profit health system dedicated to providing healthcare and human services for individuals with disabilities, life-changing injuries and chronic illness, announced that it will host a one-day charity fitness competition. The fifth annual Clash for Cash will take place on Saturday, June 22nd inside the convention center at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre. The event, which is free for spectators, raises funds for children and adults with disabilities at Allied Services and is part of the WNEP Ryan’s Run campaign.

“Expect to see athletes of all ages and abilities pushing themselves to the limit. It really is an incredible sight to see so many athletes from Northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and beyond coming together to share their love of fitness while supporting our patients” comments Jim Brogna, Vice President of Advancement & Corporate Communication, Allied Services. 

Clash for Cash involves teams comprised of 2 men or 2 women competing in four different workouts. The winners of each division will walk away with a cash prize provided by the event’s premier sponsors, Motorworld Toyota, Gentex Corporation, Munley Law, Gerrity’s Supermarkets, Corky’s Garden Path Greenhouse, Northeastern PA Oral Surgery, and Fidelity Bank.

Prior to the event, volunteers will transform the convention center into a large scale gymnasium complete with vendors offering clothing and accessories for the fitness fanatic. The competition runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is free to spectators of all ages. For more information call 570-348-1275 or visit

Cornhole Tournament


Few things go together better than Cornhole Tournaments and Susquehanna Brewing Company, except when that cornhole tournament is for WNEP’s Ryan’s Run! Join Team Leckey on Friday, May 3rd for the third annual WNEP’s Ryan’s Run Cornhole Tournament. With $3 SBC drafts and the help of NEPA Cornhole, this DOUBLE ELIMINATION Tournament is sure to be a hit. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and games start at 6:00 p.m. $50 per team with both competitive and social divisions. Cash prizes up to $200 in the competitive division and gift prizes in the social division. Limited to 50 teams. For more information call 570.348.1275.

Click here to register your team.


Allied Services Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon Set for Sunday, November 3, 2019


Allied Services was named an Official Charity Partner of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon, it was announced today by Jim Brogna, Vice President of Corporate Advancement and Communications for Allied Services. The race will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

“Allied Services is thrilled to be named as an official charity partner of the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon,” said Jim Brogna, Vice President of Corporate Advancement and Communications. “The TCS New York City Marathon has provided a transformative experience not only for our dedicated runners raising funds for our cause, but also for our employees and the individuals and families we serve. We are proud to support them on their journey to the iconic finish line as they raise important funds to benefit children and adults with disabilities at Allied Services.

This will be Allied Services tenth year as an official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon. Over the past nine years, the non-profit organization has led a charity campaign in partnership with WNEP TV, bringing together people with a passion for running and a passion for changing lives.

Since 2010, more than 230 athletes have completed the TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of Allied Services while helping to raise more than $3.2 million. The funds raised have enabled Allied Services to invest in cutting-edge rehab technology and programs to transform the lives of their patients.

In early 2019, Allied Services and the WNEP Ryan’s Run Team will select 50 volunteer athletes to represent them in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. Selected team members will have the opportunity to partner with a patient ambassador at Allied Services as they dedicate themselves to training, fundraising and raising awareness of the work of Allied Services.

To learn more about Allied Services and joining the Ryan’s Run team visit

About the TCS New York City Marathon

The TCS New York City Marathon is the preeminent event of New York Road Runners (NYRR), the world’s premier community running organization.  Held annually on the first Sunday of November, it’s the largest marathon in the world featuring over 50,000 runners, from the world’s top professional athletes to runners of all ages and abilities, including approximately 9,000 charity runners. Participants from approximately 140 countries tour the diverse neighborhoods of the city’s five boroughs – Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Race morning also features the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational at the TCS New York City Marathon in Central Park, with participants finishing at the same finish line that will be crossed hours later by the marathon field. More than one million spectators and 10,000 volunteers line the city’s streets in support of the runners, while millions more watch the television broadcast. The race is a founding member of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, which features the world’s top marathons—Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York—and crowns the top professional male and female marathoners each year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, is the premier partner of NYRR and the title sponsor of the TCS New York City Marathon. The 48th running of the TCS New York City Marathon is set for November 3, 2019. To learn more, visit

Runners tackle New York marathon


A group of runners from Northeastern Pennsylvania competed in the New York City Marathon as part of WNEP Channel 16’s Ryan Lecky’s Ryan’s Run 9 team.

The annual 26.2-mile marathon, which attracts more than 50,000 runners and 12,000 volunteers, was held on Saturday, November 4, begins on Staten Island and ends in Central Park.

The first New York City Marathon, organized in 1970 was held entirely in Central Park. Of 127 entrants, only 55 men finished; the sole female entrant dropped out due to illness.

The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon had the largest field in event history, with more than 52,000 finishers.

Mary Keitany became the only woman in event history, other than nine-time champion Grete Waitz to win the open division four times with her victory, while Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa took the men’s title. In the wheelchair division, Manuela Schär repeated as the women’s champion and 20-year-old Daniel Romanchuk became the first American man to win the wheelchair race and the youngest champion in the division’s history.

Desisa, 28, finished first overall with a time of 2 hours, five minutes, and 59 seconds. This was his fourth time winning the NYC marathon.

Locally, Harford’s Matt Aten, a Lackawanna Trail graduate, registered a time of 4:17.52, landing him in 20, 783 place out of the 52,700 racers.

According to his Facebook page, Aten was able to raise $9,271.32 towards the team’s record-breaking $602,543 total donation to Allied Services.

He said, “The TCS New York City Marathon will be my second full marathon. This past January I completed my first marathon in Walt Disney World with my brother Jeff Smith. The greatest achievement as both a runner and employee of Allied Services will be representing the staff, families, and individuals within my department through the Ryan’s Run 9 campaign.”

The charity campaign benefits kids and adults with disabilities. Allied Services is one of this area’s largest non profits with a mission of “providing miracles in rehab.”

The money raised will fund life-changing technology.

In nine years, Ryan’s Run has raised over $3.1 million dollars.

Pennsylvania sent a total of 574 runners to the Big Apple, with 268 of them male and 306 female.

From Leckey’s team of 49 runners, 19 of them consider Wyoming, Lackawanna, or Susquehanna their hometowns.

The highest placing of those runners was Tunkhannock’s Adam Edwards, whose time of 3:45.00 put him in 8,994 place.

Edwards ran in memory of someone close to the hearts of his family and their whole community; Kara Cook.

“Kara was a beautiful, caring and kind young lady, and the strongest kid I’ve known. Her smile lit up the room I will carry her smile with me on race day,” said Edwards.

Kara lost her battle with cancer in September of 2017. Even when she was sick she had a smile on her face and would not quit. She was a member of the T-Town Twirlers and a student at Whipples Dance Studio, where she danced Ballet and Irish.

Husband and wife team Corey and Erin Burns also ran in New York.

“We’ve been fortunate to be part of this campaign for many years, either behind the camera or helping to organize fund raising events or capturing milestones with patient ambassadors. This year will be especially rewarding as we share the experience of running the marathon-for Eva,” said Erin Burns, another Trail grad.

Five year old Eva Kilduff was born with two-thirds of her liver outside of her body, a condition known as an Omphalocele. She came eight weeks early to this world and had bilateral ventricular bleeds (strokes) in her brain which delayed her developmentally.

At eight months old, Eva was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Vision Impairment.

Today, she speeds around the house chasing her dog in her walker or wheelchair. She uses her expanded vocabulary to joke and make people laugh, and meet new friends.

Because of her hard work in therapy, Eva attended a communication based pre-kindergarten class at Dallas Elementary.

NYC Marathon

Local Finishers

1-Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) 2:05.59; 8,994- Adam Edwards (Tunkhannock) 3:45.00; 20,783- Matt Aten (Harford) 4:17.52; 36,795- Jeff Smith (Kingsley) 5:01.33; 49,884- Corey Burns (Factoryville) 6:21.24; 49,885- Erin Burns (Factoryville) 6:21.25.


WNEP’s Ryan’s Run raised more than $600,000 with help from the community

On November 4, 2018, WNEP’s Ryan Leckey and a team of 50 athletes competed in the TCS New York City Marathon. Touted as one of the largest sporting events in the world, the annual marathon courses through the five boroughs of New York City. This year’s race featured more than 52,000 finishers. For athletes representing WNEP’s Ryan’s Run, the race was the culmination of months of training and fundraising. On November 9th, the campaign, now in its 9th year, came to a close with the announcement that a total of $602,543 was raised in for Allied Services in 2018.

The campaign officially kicked off in late August at a concert hosted by 9-year corporate sponsor Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the following months, the volunteer runners spent many hours training to prepare for the race, all while raising funds for the cause. Supporters purchased official Ryan’s Run shirts and participated in fundraisers hosted by local schools, running clubs, and more, all to benefit the campaign. Many turned out to cheer on runners and walkers at the Sixth Annual Ryan’s Run 5k and All-Abilities Walk held in early October.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the continued generosity of our community, corporate sponsors, employees, local schools and runners” commented William Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services Integrated Health System. “We’re fortunate to have the support of so many partners and individuals who are committed to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and life-changing injuries.”

Thanks to the support of WNEP TV, its major sponsors and the generosity of the local community, the Ryan’s Run campaign has raised more than $3.2 million since 2010. The proceeds from this year’s campaign will benefit individuals with disabilities and life-changing injuries served by Allied Services, enabling the non-profit health system to invest in cutting-edge technology and services throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

Allied Services wish to thank media sponsor WNEP TV-16, corporate sponsors Baker Tilly, Jack Williams Tire, Mohegan Sun Pocono, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates P.C., Open Access Marketing, Weis Markets, Lamar Advertising, United Concordia Dental, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, signature event sponsors Aon and Quantum Rehab, and the many Ryan’s Run donors for their outstanding commitment to supporting children and adults with disabilities.

Photo ID: from left Corey Burns, Assistant Chief Photographer, WNEP TV; Erin Burns, Public Relations Specialist, Allied Services; Wally Sokolowski, Physical Therapy Assistant, Allied Services; Lynne Duncan, Speech Language Pathologist, Allied Services; Matt Aten, Activities & Life Skills Coordinator, Allied Services; Ryan Leckey, Reporter/Producer, WNEP TV; Charlotte Wright, Director of External Affairs, Allied Services; Jim Brogna, Vice President of Corporate Advancement & Communications, Allied Services.??

WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 9 Raises More Than $600,000



Friday, November 9, marked the grand finale of WNEP’s Ryan’s Run 9 with a big check presentation at Allied Services in Scranton.

The charity campaign benefits 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.”

Thanks to your help, Ryan’s Run 9 raised $602,543 for Allied Services.

Julie’s Journey

This year, our cause has extra meaning for many of us here at the news station.

Julie Melf is the Nighttime News Manager at WNEP. She is a valuable player here at Newswatch 16. Earlier this year, Julie had a problem with her mechanical valve in her heart and suffered a massive stroke at 35.

The cutting-edge technology at Allied Services, bought with your donations, has helped her therapy progress.

Check out her story here.


TCS New York City Marathon

On Friday, Ryan Leckey gave us an inside look at our charity team in action at TCS New York City Marathon.


More about Ryan’s Run

In nine years, WNEP’s Ryan’s Run has raised more than $3.1 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.”

To learn more about WNEP’s Ryan’s Run, click here.

To inquire about our team for next year’s campaign, contact Charlotte Wright at Allied Services via email at

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