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The Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to, once again, cancel the 2021 Evening of Hope. 

There is no way we can hold this event and feel confident that everyone would be safe.  It was a difficult decision made in a difficult year that has seen many of our annual events cancelled. 
We miss seeing our NAMI friends, we miss you and we want you to know that even though this one evening has been cancelled everything it stands for has not been cancelled:  
Solidarity, Support, Friendship, Love and HOPE
are all still here in everything we do and every decision we make!   Our mission has not changed, it is still our hope to help build better lives for anyone that has been affected by mental illness in our community! 

AND the need for funds to achieve that mission has not changed either and we hope that you will consider making a donation to NAMI so we can continue to bring hope to individuals and families that are struggling!   

Please visit the other pages on this site to see what we are doing and please visit our Donate page and our Membership page and consider how you can help NAMI achieve our mission!  

People with Mental Illness Improve Our Lives


NAMI Scranton & Northeast Region 's Annual Evening of Hope highlights local mental health issues and raises funds for mental health programs in our area. All proceeds go directly towards enhancing recovery for individuals living with mental illness. The event highlights individuals advocating for quality mental health services in our area.


As a result of the funds raised from this event NAMI Scranton has made purchases to enhance services provided through the New Beginnings Drop In Center in Montrose, Scranton Counseling Center and the Moses Taylor Hospital Senior Medical Mental Health Unit. NAMI volunteers have ‘adopted’ a unit at Clarks Summit State Hospital and host monthly parties that feature cake, ice cream, activities and sometimes gifts.

Monetary donations are also made to the Scranton Area Crisis Intervention Team, the Lou Ruspi Jr Foundation and the local Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative.


“This years Evening of Hope comes at a time when agencies providing behavioral health services are experiencing deep budget cuts. Through this event we are reaching out to the Greater Scranton community to help these agencies,” said NAMI Scranton Executive Director, Marie Onukiavage.

This Annual Gala features and Honored Speakers, Music, and a HUGE Raffle

(a highlight each year)

...All while enjoying a delicious meal, drinks, and networking.

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The 2019 Evening of Hope Honorary Chairperson  

Steven J. Scheinman, MD

President & Dean

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

In addition to highlighting mental health issues and raising funds, the Evening of Hope is another opportunity for the community to recognize this year’s Candlelight and

Crisis Intervention Team Leadership Award winners.

In 2019 NAMI recognized Scott Constantini of

The Wright Center,

Valley View Middle School Teacher Ms. Kyleen Scavazzo,

and Patrolman Paul Tomczyk of the Scranton Police Department!


If you wish to support NAMI Northeast Region PA by making a donation please follow the "Donate" link below, or mail a check to 846 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510, or call us at 570-342-1047.


© 2021 by NAMI Scranton and Northeast Region

846 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510

Tel: 570-342-1047

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