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December Dressing Down for a Cause
Every month we have a “Dressing Down for a Cause” day, with donations designated for a worthy cause. Donations collected in December from staff in our Moosic and Kingston Offices, in addition to a donation from our firm, were presented by Louise Ligi to Nancy Post, Director of Volunteer Initiatives at the Voluntary Action Center of NEPA (VAC). The check will be given to the Apprise Program, which provides specially trained counselors who provide answers to older Pennsylvanians about Medicare, Medicaid, Long-Term Care Insurance and Preventative Care.
Annual Christmas Party
Colbert & Grebas staff, spouses, family and friends celebrated at our 6th annual Christmas party at Cusumano's Restaurant in Old Forge. We thank Brenda & Kevin for their generosity for this gathering that allows us to reminisce about this year, enjoy each other's stories with lots of laughs, and look forward to the coming New Year.
Cocktail hour included so many delicious appetizers, including pizza cuts, (white, red, double crust) and calamari rings with spicy sauce, to name a few. Dinner began with a large array of Italian meats & cheeses antipasto and steamed clams with sausage and special seasoning. Our entree choices of filet mignon, grilled shrimp with risotto, wild boar with homemade pasta or chicken parmigiana followed by dessert of tiramisu, absolutely delicious!
One of our key Colbert & Grebas family members, Gloria and her husband Danny, were not able to joins us this year at the party. Kevin and all offered a toast to let them know we were thinking of them and send our love.
From Colbert & Grebas, we wish all our clients, families and friends a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a Happy, Healthy New Year.
October and November Dress Down Donation Presentations
Louise had the opportunity to present the “Dress Down Donations” check in person to the October and November recipients. Pictured receiving the check on behalf of CEO Weinberg Food Bank is Rich Kutz, Food Bank Director.
Also pictured receiving the check donation for the Luzerne SPCA is Nancy Derwin, Event Co-Ordinator.
Both recipients expressed their thanks to Colbert & Grebas for the donations to their organizations.
Annual Ethnic Lunch
The Colbert & Grebas work family gather each year to enjoy an ethnic lunch. Each member brings their favorite food, snack or dessert to the meal that we all share.
This year our menu included Kielbasa, Spinach Lemon Risotto, Potato Kugel, Sheppard’s Pie, Sweet & Spicy Meatballs, Perogies, Tabbouleh, Guacamole & Chips.
All the food was followed by delicious desserts, Pumpkin
Roll and a Chocolate-Carmel Heath Cake. Needless to say, we all enjoyed the meal, and are already making suggestions for the next one!
November Dressing Down for a Cause
Every month Colbert & Grebas have a “Dressing Down for a Cause” day for a worthy cause. Donations collected in November from staff in our Moosic and Kingston Offices, in addition to a donation from our firm, will be given to the CEO Weinberg Food Bank, Wilkes-Barre. The Regional Food bank distributes food to charitable organizations feeding the needy throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, particularly among children and the elderly.
December Free Seminar
Brenda D. Colbert provided information on the “TOP 10 TIPS to Protect Your Assets from Nursing Home Costs” at our Free Community Seminar at Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter. Guests were served a delicious complimentary Hot Breakfast while they learned strategies to protect home and life savings from current or future nursing home and other long-term care expenses. Following the presentation, many of the attendees commented the information provided was very helpful and stated their questions and concerns were addressed in an easy to understand format.
Family to Family Food Basket Program
For 32 years, the Family to Family Food Basket Program, sponsored by Friends of the Poor, has provided families in need with a food basket to prepare a complete Thanksgiving dinner for their loved ones.
This year again, Colbert & Grebas staff and some of our family members volunteered to help distribute the baskets at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.
November Free Seminar
Brenda Colbert and Kevin Grebas provide vital information in Free Educational Seminars to our local NEPA Seniors on a regular basis. Our most recent event was held at The High Bridge House, Spring Brook Township. Guests enjoyed a delicious complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet while being provided with information on the “TOP 10 TIPS to Protect Your Assets from Nursing Home Costs”. Long Term Care Planning can be complicated and stressful but the presentation provided easy to understand strategies to protect their home and life savings from current or future nursing home and other long-term care expenses.
“Wills for Heroes” program
Brenda Colbert and Kevin Grebas recently joined several other volunteer attorneys from the Lackawanna Bar Association by participating in the “Wills for Heroes” program. This program, open to military veterans and their spouses in Lackawanna County, offered preparation of wills, living wills, medical directives and powers of attorney free of charge.
Alzheimer's Association's Caregiver Navigation: A Caregiver Conference
Colbert & Grebas was one of the sponsors of the Alzheimer's Association's Caregiver Navigation: A Caregiver Conference at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. Louise attended the conference that featured Rundy Purdy as the Keynote Speaker. He shared his three years of his experience in personal care for his Grandfather who had Alzheimer's.
Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association Bench Bar Conference
Attorneys Brenda D. Colbert and Kevin R. Grebas once again served as faculty members at the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association Bench Bar Conference and Seminar held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Bench Bar/Conference is a day-long continuing legal education program for lawyers and members of the Luzerne County judiciary. This year, Brenda and Kevin taught a two-hour course titled “12 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Counseling an Elder Law Client”.
Senior Fair at Dunmore YMCA
Lillian Colbert and Bill Stavisky representing Colbert & Grebas recently attended the annual Senior Fair held at the YMCA, in Dunmore. The free Community Event draws hundreds of attendees while they have an opportunity to learn about services that are available to our neighbors and friends in NEPA
NEPA Aging Network Alliance Fall Conference
Colbert & Grebas was one of the sponsors of the NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA) Fall Conference held at All Seasons Hall. The Conference, “Addiction in our Aging Population” was phenomenal. Thank You to our speakers Atty. Joe Peters, Jake Nichols, Teri Thomas, James Dougherty, Nicole Hartung and Janene Holter. Special thanks to Kristen Sampson for leading our committee and for the hard work and dedication to organize the event.
Keystone Chapter of UNICO September Meeting
Kevin was invited by the Keystone Chapter of UNICO to present information at their September Meeting at Mendicino's Pizza & Family Restaurant.
The presentation “10 Top Tips to Protect Your Assets” was well received, and they appreciated the opportunity for follow up questions and answers.
Many in the room were surprised to learn some of the pitfalls seniors and retirees have made with their hard earned savings, as well as receiving some good advice on their future financial planning.
Lackawanna County Interagency Council Annual Fall Breakfast Meeting
Lackawanna County Interagency Council recently held their Annual Fall Breakfast Meeting at Arcaro & Genell's Restaurant.
Our guest speakers included Mary Ann LaPorta – Children’s Advocacy Center; Peg Ruddy – Women’s Resource Center and Kerri Anzulewicz and Michele Grohs – Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. They provided information to over 60 attendees on the theme of “Stop the Abuse: Can We Bring Back Respect for Humanity”. Colbert & Grebas was one of the sponsors of the event.
The Lackawanna IAC is a non-profit organization comprised of fifty plus Health and Human Services Organizations. The mission of this organization is to identify human service providers and their roles in the community; address specific issues facing our Lackawanna County residents; to network with each other in order to better serve the community and to offer continuing education to IAC members
The Children’s Advocacy Center Donation Presentation | September 2018
Pictured giving the check donation are Louise C. Ligi and Riley Jackson of Colbert & Grebas; receiving the donation on behalf of The Children’s Advocacy Center are Mary Ann LaPorta, Executive Director; Jennifer Agliatori, Associate Director and Forensic Interviewer and Cheryl Friedman, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.
Dressing Down for a Cause | August 2018
At Colbert & Grebas each month staff contribute donations for a “Dressing Down for a Cause” day for a worthy cause, which is then matched by a donation from the Firm. We know of the good work taking place each day at The Children’s Advocacy Center, so for the month of August, they were chosen to be the recipient of our funds.
Lackawanna County Senior Health Fair | September 2018
Representing Colbert & Grebas, Lillian Colbert and Bill Stavisky participated in the well-attended Annual Lackawanna County Senior Health Fair for 2018 held at PNC Field. Proceeds from the event benefits Meals on Wheels of NEPA.
Free Community Seminar at LIFE Geisinger, Scranton | September 2018
A Free Community Seminar presented by Colbert & Grebas was held at LIFE Geisinger, Scranton. The overflow crowd of more than 60 attendees heard information from Kevin regarding the “TOP 10 TIPS to Protect Your Assets from Nursing Home Costs”. He provided easy to understand strategies to protect home and life savings from current or future nursing home and other long-term care expenses. Attendees also heard from Maria Maletta Hastie, Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, LIFE Geisinger as she discussed alternatives to Nursing Home Care.
Brenda at King's College | September 2018
Brenda recently was invited to address participants in a special training session at Kings College, Wilkes Barre sponsored by Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services in conjunction with the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Training Council on Quality. Brenda’s presentation, “Understanding Special Needs” was part of a two-part session presentation which covered “Future Planning - How to be Prepared When Parents Can No Longer Care for Their Individual with Special Needs.”
Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee Meeting | August 2018
At a recent Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee Meeting, Louise presented a check for donations from our July “Dressing Down for a Cause”. In addition, Louise presented a check representing the proceeds from our successful annual fundraiser “Party on the Patio at Marzoni’s to benefit the Walk. Receiving the check on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association is Ryan Schofield, Constituent Event Manager for the 2018 NEPA walk.
Informational Seminar | August 2018
Brian Dougher, Chris Foder, Ian Hastings and the team at Meridian Financial Associates of Wilkes-Barre recently hosted an informational seminar at Isabella’s Restaurant.
Kevin and Brenda were invited as presenters to provide attendees with information on Essential Estate and Long-Term Care Planning.
Senior Health Fair | August 2018
Louise C. Ligi recently attended a Senior Health Fair sponsored by the Office of State Representative Marty Flynn from the 113th Legislative District.
The event, held at Four Points by Sheraton, Scranton, hosted over 35 businesses that provided information regarding services provided for residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania and donated great raffle prizes for attendees.
Free Community Seminar at Edgewood by Sand Springs | August 2018
Brenda and Kevin recently presented a Free Community Seminar, at Edgewood by Sand Springs, Edgewood Lane, Drums, PA.
Guests enjoyed a delicious complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet while they were provided information on the “TOP 10 TIPS to Protect Your Assets from Nursing Home Costs”.
Long Term Care Planning can be complicated and stressful but with the presentation it was easy to understand strategies to protect their home and life savings from current or future nursing home and other long term care expenses.
The Dunmore Senior Center | August 2018
The Dunmore Senior Center provides community seminars to Seniors on a variety of topics.
Alison Boga, Director of the Dunmore Senior Center invited Brenda to speak with a group at the center regarding strategies to protect their homes and life savings from current or future nursing home and other long-term care expenses.
The presentation “TOP 10 TIPS to Protect your Assets from Nursing Home Costs” was very well received by the attendees and they thanked Brenda for providing helpful information and the opportunity to have their questions answered.
8th Annual Senior Health Fair | August 2018
Louise representing us this year in the Annual Senior Health Fair at St. Mary's Center hosted by Representative Sid Michaels.
This is the 8th annual event he has sponsored that provides hundreds of Seniors with important information on a variety of services offered from local NEPA businesses, agencies and organizations.
In addition, attendees were treated to a complimentary lunch and were thrilled by the number of raffle prizes donated to the event that they had a chance to win!
Continuing Education Program | August 2018
Wilkes University provided a Continuing Education Program for attorneys, accountants, and financial advisors at the Woodlands Inn & Resort on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
Our Brenda D. Colbert, a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Law Foundation, conducted the seminar, “Long Term Healthcare & Estate Planning”.
The four-hour event covered topics: Planning for Incapacity, Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney; Planning for Death; Last Will and Testament and the Probate process; Planning for Long Term Care, and Special Needs Planning.
Our 6th year anniversary of providing services to our NEPA community | August 2018
We wanted to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Brenda and Kevin as our Colbert & Grebas family gathered to celebrate our 6th year anniversary of providing services to our NEPA community! As always, we had a great time and enjoyed each other's company as we relaxed, toasted another successful year and look forward to next year. Some candid pictures follow. The food and cake were outstanding!
Brenda & Kevin presented "Top 10 Tips To Protect Your Assets From Nursing Home Costs" | August 2018
Brenda & Kevin presented "Top 10 Tips To Protect Your Assets From Nursing Home Costs" at a seminar at Fiorelli's on Saturday.
Attendees enjoyed their hot breakfast while learning valuable information followed by a question and answer session.
Many that requested a follow up free initial consultation, commented that they appreciated the time Brenda and Kevin spent answering their questions and for speaking with them after the presentation.
Fundraiser at Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Co. Scranton | August 2018
Friday evening we held our second annual fundraiser at Marzonis Brick Oven and Brewing Co. Scranton to support the " Walk to End Alzheimer's". The impending rain had us move the event inside but did not lessen our spirit nor attendance.
We are so grateful to all the people who supported us, whether through donating so many beautiful raffle baskets or actually coming to enjoy the evening! The outpouring of support was overwhelming, everyone had a great time.
Also, a special thanks to Marzoni's for their generosity and to Billie Jo, manager, for all her help in setting up the room display and for all the servers, who did a wonderful job on a very busy evening. Some of the many people in attendance are shown in our candid pictures.
Thank you to all who helped in any way to make this such a great success!
"Dressing Down for a Cause" July recipient | July 2018
Each month Colbert & Grebas has a “Dressing Down for a Cause” day. Donations for the month of July were collected from staff in our Moosic and Kingston offices in addition to a donation from the firm.
The recipient for July, “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s”, was especially important to us. We have for many years, supported the organization as a sponsor, organized a Walk Team each year and had a wonderful fundraiser, Party on the Patio at Marzonis Brick Oven and Brewing Co. Scranton, all to benefit this most worthwhile cause.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 21st Annual Elder Law Institute | July 2018
Brenda, Kevin, and our Supervising Case Manager Kenneth D. Motichka, attended the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 21st Annual Elder Law Institute in Harrisburg. The two-day continuing legal education program is attended by hundreds of attorneys from all over Pennsylvania.
Brenda and Kevin presented the topic “10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Drafting or Revising Essential Law Documents”. The presentation included information regarding how every estate plan must be carefully crafted to meet each client’s goals and needs.
The Last Will and Testament, Financial and Health Care Powers of Attorney and Trusts are the key fundamental documents, which when not drafted properly, can wreck a client’s goals.
They discussed the top 10 common drafting errors and provided specific directions to avoid these mistakes. They also gave tips on fixing mistakes in documents.
"Dressing Down for a Cause" June recipient | June 2018
Each month we have a “Dressing Down for a Cause” day. Donations for the month of June were collected from staff in our Moosic and Kingston offices in addition to a donation from the firm. The recipient for this past month was Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Fire Company. This was especially important to us since Ken Motichka our Supervising Case Manager has been an active volunteer with the firefighters for over 24 years and has held numerous line and administrative officer positions with the organization.
The annual Aging and Intellectual Disability Workshop | May 2018
The annual Aging/Intellectual Disability Workshop was recently held at Genetti’s Best Western in Wilkes-Bare. Attorney Brenda D. Colbert was a guest presenter covering various legal topics including Special Needs Trust, Powers of Attorney, and The Able Act.
In addition, Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, MA a gerontological certified registered nurse and private consultant spoke on the topic of Understanding Aging and Cognitive Changes for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
Jeff Dauber of the Alzheimer’s Association also addressed the statistics and resources available to this population. The program concluded with a presentation by David Hag, Geriatric Care Manager/Consultant of Pathway Senior Care Associates.
Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center | June 2018
Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center recently hosted a Senior Health Fair. Pictured are the participants that had a chance to speak with Staff and Residents along with some attendees from the Mid Valley local community.
Louise C. Ligi-Colbert & Grebas, Mary Ellen Piccotti-Compassionate Care Hospice, Theresa Gilhooley-Geisinger Viewmont Medical Lab, Debby Miller-Griswold Home Care, Jennifer Loy-Mid Valley Manor, Tiffany Brown-American Red Cross and Julie Biedler-Compassionate Care.
Riverside Rehab and Nursing Center | June 2018
Jeanne Phillips and Tony Howey planned a great Kick-off to Summer Party at Riverside Rehab & Nursing Center.
Pictured are good friends that really enjoyed each other’s company during the evening, along with having good food, dessert and beverages. Thanks for always making it a fun occasion.
Serving Seniors Inc. | June 2018
Kevin, Louise, Brandi and her family attended the Annual Summer Picnic at Waldorf Park, Scranton which was a fundraiser, proceeds to benefit programs at Serving Seniors Inc.
The annual event included entertainment by EJ the DJ and, as always, everyone that attended enjoyed the food, desserts, and beverages and the friendly Volleyball Tournament and Basket Raffle.
St. Francis Commons | May 2018
Each month we have a "Dressing Down for a Cause" day. Donations are collected from staff in our Moosic and Kingston Offices in addition to a contribution from the firm.
A check was presented to Ryan Pollock, Director of St. Francis Commons by Louise C. Ligi and Kristen Solomon from Colbert & Grebas. The picture below shows them standing in front of the Giving Tree that lists names of all donors who help provide services such as shelter, food, and supportive services for homeless Veterans, "Our American Heroes" living in the apartments at St. Francis Commons.
Paws With a Cause | May 2018
Each month Colbert & Grebas have "Dressing Down for a Cause" day. A check will be sent to Paws With a Cause, a non-profit organization that enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.
This represents donations collected from staff in our Moosic and Kingston offices in addition to a donation from our firm.
Scranton Federation of Retired Teachers | May 2018
Brenda was invited to speak to over 25 attendees at a luncheon for the Scranton Federation of Retired Teachers. The presentation "Essential Estate and Long Term Care Planning for Seniors: Your Questions - Answered!" was held at the Fraternal Order of Police Hall.
The group thanked Brenda for all the valuable information provided and appreciated the time she took to answer all their questions during and after the presentation.
Dressing Down for a Cause | April 2018
Each month Colbert & Grebas have a "Dressing Down for a Cause" day. Donations for the month of April were collected from staff in our Moosic and Kingston offices in addition to a donation from the firm. Our donation will be presented to St. Francis Commons, Scranton.
Timber Ridge Health Fair | May 2018
Louise participated in the Annual Health Fair hosted by Timber Ridge, Wilkes Barre. Health and services related companies along with other vendors provided information, brochures and samples. Attendees were eligible, at no cost, to win beautiful raffle prizes donated from the participants in the event.
Power in Purple | May 2018
Brenda was selected as one of 13 women honored at The Power in Purple Awards Dinner held at the Colonnade, Scranton honoring Women of Excellence who support the mission and vision of the Alzheimer’s Association. Those honored were recognized for their contributions to our region, who dedicated time and talent to making a difference in the Alzheimer’s Association through caregiving, advocacy, philanthropy and awareness. Brenda, for many years, volunteered with the Association and along with staff, support and participate in the Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
We from the Colbert & Grebas family as well as Brenda’s family members were at the event to join in congratulating her for this honor.
Lutherwood Housing Donation | May 2018
Lutherwood Housing Community, Scranton recently had to evacuate about 120 elderly and disabled residents due to damage at their apartment building from a severe storm in our area. Luckily there were no injuries to residents or rescue personnel. Many of the residents are still displaced, but are expecting to return to their home very soon.
Members of NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA) joined together to purchase $500.00 worth of gift cards and donated them to 5th and 6th floor residents to help replace perishable food that was ruined due to electricity being turned off from the storm. The gift cards are for Gerrity’s, one of their favorite shopping spots that Lutherwood provides transportation to for their shopping needs.
Pictured: Representing Lutherwood: Wendy Carlin, Service Coordinator; Sandy Rostkowski, Director of Housing and Lynne Markowski, HUD Property Manager. Also pictured representing NANA are Board Members: Melissa Craig, Brenda Conlon, Jeanne Phillips, Jessica Blomain, Louise C. Ligi and Theresa Gilhooley.
Classroom Visit | May 2018
Robin visited a classroom of second graders at Abington Heights Newton Ransom Elementary School over the past five weeks as a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She presented the program entitled “Our Community” and talked with the students about the different jobs and businesses in a community. The program included lessons about how workers earn money and pay taxes, the importance of voting and how money moves from business to business throughout the community. Students assembled paper donuts to demonstrate the production process. Not surprisingly, the consensus was even paper donuts are much more popular than paying taxes! This was Robin’s 14th year volunteering for Junior Achievement at Newton Ransom Elementary, 11 of which have been for the same teacher.”
Seniors Got Talent | May 2018
This is the 5th year Colbert & Grebas was one of the sponsors and attended the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s sixth annual Seniors Got Talent fundraiser at the Theater at North (former North Scranton Jr. High School. The special event, which has grown to include an audience of hundreds, raises funds for the agency’s four Active Adult Centers in Lackawanna County. This is also the 5th year that Louise served on the Planning Committee for the event.
During the show, acts performed by individuals 55 and older were scored by a panel of celebrity guest judges and awarded cash prizes. Evie Rafalko McNulty, Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds, entertained the attendees as Emcee of the event while Guest judges Brenda Conlon from Saber Healthcare Group; Sid Prejean, former Lackawanna County Public Defender; and Justin Sochovka, an electronics expert for QVC reviewed and scored the entertainers. The winners were as follows: Charles Weber of Scranton, third place; Jean Spindler, Carolyn Tavella, and Sarah Derhammer, all of Kingston, formed the Western trio, second place; and Joseph Serafin of Wilkes-Barre, first place and Audience Choice award winner.
Top 25 Women In Business | May 2018
Brenda was recently named as one of the Top 25 Women in Business on behalf of the National Association of Women Business Owner (NAWBO) in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A cocktail party and awards ceremony celebrating her contributions, leadership, hard work and service to the community was held at the Scranton Times Building, as well as having an article published in the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.
Brenda had an opportunity to speak to family members, friends, members of the Colbert & Grebas work family and others in attendance to thank them for their support for this honor. Katharine Schkloven of NAWBO presented Brenda with a beautiful crystal plaque as a remembrance of the event.
NANA Appreciation Luncheon | April 2018
Colbert & Grebas, P.C. recently was one of the sponsors of the NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA) 2018 Annual Social Work Appreciation Luncheon at Arcaro & Genell, Old Forge. Staff from Colbert & Grebas joined over 100 senior care professionals who attended the luncheon that offered for free continuing education credits. The event featured guest speakers, Mona DelSole-CEO, Consulting LLC, Donna Nelson-Holistic Empowerment Coach and Alex Douglass – PA State Police Officer.
Health Fair | April 2018
Louise and Karen participated in the annual health fair at the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas. Over 35 health and services related companies provided information, brochures, samples and free community services including blood pressure screening, eye screening and more.
Friends of the Poor | March 2018
Colbert & Grebas volunteered again this year to help at the annual Easter Food and Easter Basket distribution provided by Friends of the Poor at St. Mary’s Center, Scranton. The food will provide a nutritious Easter meal to approximately 1,300 families, along with 2,000 Easter Baskets donated for children.
Center Director of the South Side Active Adult Center | March 2018
Kevin was invited by Amy Kazmierski, Center Director of the South Side Active Adult Center, Alder Street in Scranton to speak with over 35 attendees at the center. They enjoyed the presentation “Essential Estate and Long Term Care Planning, Your Questions – Answered”, thanked Kevin for coming to the center and providing them with “lot of good information” and told him to come back any time.
Speaking at Marywood University | March 2018
Brenda was invited by Linda Steier, Coordinator of the Lifelong Learners Senior Program at Marywood University to speak with members of the program. The presentation “Essential Estate and Long Term Care Planning, Your Questions – Answered” was very well received by the attendees and they thanked her for the opportunity to have their questions answered.
Pittson Foodbank | March 2018
As part of our ongoing commitment to give back to our Northeastern Pennsylvania Communities, Brenda, Kevin and members of Colbert & Grebas staff volunteered to help at the CEO - Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Northeast PA Regional Foodbank in Pittston. We packed over 150 boxes that will be distributed for Easter to benefit Seniors in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We always make it a fun time while expending a lot of energy for this most worthwhile cause!
Serving Seniors | March 2018
Recently staff members from Colbert & Grebas and friends enjoyed a fun evening out at the Annual Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party fundraiser hosted by Serving Seniors at Glenmaura National Country Club. We wanted to post just a few pictures taken during the evening.
Dress Down for a Cause | March 2018
Each month Colbert & Grebas have a “Dressing Down for a Cause” day. Donations for the month of January, in honor of Edward J. Suchoski, Sr., were collected from staff in our Moosic and Kingston offices in addition to a donation from the firm. A check was presented to Father Jack Lambert for the St. Peter and Paul Food Pantry, Plains, PA by Molly Symons, our Administrative Assistant here at Colbert & Grebas. Pictured with Molly is her Mom, Annabelle Suchoski.
Brenda Colbert Honored As Distinctive Woman of NEPA | March 2018
Our very own Brenda Colbert was selected as one of 20 most influential women in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We couldn't be more proud! Check out Brenda's write-up on page 22 and the rest of Times Leader's Distinctive Women here: https://24526-presscdn-pagely.netdna-ssl.com/…/TTL030318E20…
Power in Purple Honoree Announcement | March 2018
Our very own Brenda Colbert will be honored by the Alzheimer's Association for their professional and philanthropic contribution to our region. The First Annual "Power in Purple" Dinner and Awards will be held May 17th, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Colonnade.
Wills for Heroes | February 2018
The Pennsylvania State Bar Association Young Lawyers Divisions Wills for Heroes program is available to First Responders, Military Veterans and their spouses or partners who meet certain financial requirements. Attorneys Kevin Grebas and Brenda Colbert were honored to volunteer as estate planning experts for this event along with other Attorneys to prepare documents. Luzerne County Manager and attorney, David Pedri facilitated the event. Louise C. Ligi and Attorney Laura Dennis provided Notary services for the documents. Approximately 48 first responders and their families were provided with Wills, Durable Financial Powers of Attorney and Durable Health Care Powers of Attorney.
Lackawanna Pro Bono | January 2018
The Lackawanna Bar Association and Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. recently honored Brenda Colbert and Kevin Grebas with the Attorney Samuel Fallk Equal Access to Justice Award. Brenda and Kevin are 2 of 10 Lackawanna County Attorneys who participated in Lackawanna Pro Bono’s inaugural Elder Law Clinic, which provides legal services to low income seniors in Lackawanna County.
NEPA NANA Meeting | January 2018
NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA) is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting awareness of services and issues affecting older adults in Northeastern Pennsylvania. At the first meeting of the New Year on January 9th. Laurie Fleming, immediate past President for 2017, was thanked for her service and new Board Members and Committee Heads for 2018 were introduced.
Be s Santa to a Senior | December 2017
For the past 10 years, Alyssa Maria, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care has organized “Be a Santa to a Senior” It is a way to spread a little holiday cheer to needy, and socially isolated seniors in Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Monroe Counties. Volunteers from many Senior related organizations participate by picking up gifts from participating stores, in Luzerne County; Walgreens in Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Dallas. Also Cooks Pharmacies in Kingston and Shavertown.
The volunteers then get together pick up the gifts and wrap them at a city-wide gift wrapping party. This year over 200 gifts were collected & transported to Home Instead by two vans for delivery to the Seniors in time for Christmas.
Coats for Kids | December 2017
Our very own Louise Ligi, volunteered along with other members of WWON, Wilkes Barre Woman’s Organization for Networking to help distribute jackets for the “Coats for Kids” event organized and sponsored by the staff at Eye Care Specialists based in Kingston. WWON, as well as a number of other organizations and businesses, donated funds in order to purchase coats for this most worthwhile cause. This was the 10th annual drive that collected new and gently used coats that were given to children and families of Luzerne County Head Start. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey interviewed the volunteers as well as the children as they chose the jackets, hats and gloves of their choice.
2017 Family to Family Food Basket Program | November 2017
For 31 years, the Family to Family Food Basket Program, sponsored by Friends of the Poor has provided families in need with a food basket to prepare a complete Thanksgiving dinner for their loved ones. This year, Colbert & Grebas staff and some of our family members volunteered to help distribute the baskets at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton.
Each month Colbert & Grebas staff contribute donations for a “Dressing Down for a Cause” day. Donations for the month of December were presented to Sister Ann Walsh addition to a check donation from the firm.
Front row: Charlie Santarsiero, Sister Ann Walsh - Friends of the Poor, Sophia Santarsiero and Nicole Santarsiero.
Second row: Brandi Ide-MacLunny, Denise Sterenchok, Robin Bulzoni, Molly Symons, Dawn Edwards, Kevin Grebas, Linda Robeson - Co-ordinator of Family to Family, Brenda Colbert and Louise Ligi.
CEO-Weinberg Regional Food Bank | November 2017
As part of our ongoing commitment to give back to our Northeastern Pennsylvania Communities, every member of Colbert & Grebas staff volunteered to help CEO-Weinberg Regional Food Bank with preparing items to be included in their distribution of food for Thanksgiving. We prepared items at the distribution center in Wilkes-Barre to benefit families in the area. We also packed four pallets, 200 food boxes at the Regional Food Bank in Pittston that will be distributed to benefit Seniors in our area.
Each month Colbert & Grebas staff have a “Dressing Down for a Cause” day, donations for the month of November were presented to Richard Piccolotti, Volunteer Coordinator, CEO-Weinberg in addition to a donation from the firm.
Wilkes Barre Law & Library Association Bench Bar | November 2017
Attorneys Brenda D. Colbert and Kevin R. Grebas served as faculty members at the Wilkes Barre Law & Library Association Bench Bar/Conference and Seminar held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Bench Bar/Conference is a day-long continuing legal education program for lawyers and members of the Luzerne County judiciary.
Attorney Grebas’ topic covered Essential Estate Planning for Seniors and Attorney Colbert addressed Special Needs Planning Updates.
Lackawanna County Interagency Council Annual Fall Breakfast Meeting | October 2017
Lackawanna County Interagency Council held their Annual Fall Breakfast Meeting at Arcaro & Genell’s, Old Forge. The event, which had over 60 attendees, were honored to have Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging as Guest Speaker addressing the theme for this year’s event, “The Changing Face of Human Service Delivery: What Might the Future Hold”.
Telespond In-Service Presentation | October 2017
Telespond’s Senior Companion Program held an In-Service presentation for more than 65 of their Volunteers at Asbury United Methodist Church, 801 Delaware Street, Scranton. Certified Elder Law Attorneys Kevin R. Grebas and Brenda D. Colbert were invited to provide information on “Essential Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning for Seniors: Your Questions–Answered”.
Dunmore Senior Center Designer Purse Bingo | October 2017
Dunmore Senior Center recently hosted a Designer Purse Bingo to raise funds that will benefit the older adults who attend the center. Board of Directors Jeanne Phillips, Brenda D. Colbert and Dr. Alice McDonnell were joined by Gwen Lopez to greet attendees as they arrived for the event.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart Remembrance Walk | October 2017
Hospice of the Sacred Heart held their 2nd annual Remembrance Walk at McDade Park to honor those loved ones who are no longer with us. This year over 575 participants attended the event. The turnout was Awesome! Over 180 raffle baskets and gift cards were generously donated to help make this such a wonderful success.
NANA Ice Cream Social | September 2017
NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA) members continue to provide Ice Cream Socials to senior members of our Northeastern Pennsylvania communities at local Nursing Homes, Active Adult Centers and facilities. Our two most recent were held at the Voluntary Action Center, Scranton for senior volunteers and the Maple City Apartments, Honesdale for their senior residents.
NANA Packs Boxes at CEO/Weinberg Regional Food Bank | September 2017
Every month the CEO/Weinberg Regional Food Bank delivers 2,000 food boxes to benefit older adults in Northeastern Pennsylvania. As part of giving back to our Community Seniors’ in Northeastern Pennsylvania, members of the Northeast Aging Network Alliance (NANA) along with other volunteers spent an afternoon packing 316 food boxes at the CEO/Weinberg Regional Food Bank that will be distributed to Seniors.
Walk To End Alzheimer's | September 2017
Our group representing Colbert & Grebas for the 2017 "Walk to End Alzheimer's ". We thank everyone who participated, donated or helped in any way to support this most worthwhile cause. Great day weather wise and an awesome turnout of participants!
NEPA Aging Network Alliance Fall Conference | September 2017
NEPA Aging Network Alliance, (NANA) held their 2017 Fall Conference at Arcaro & Genell’s, Old Forge. The event “Beyond the Walls” featured guest speakers who addressed the programs and services available outside a health care institution for our ever-growing aging population in Lackawanna County.
Our Firm Turns 5! | August 2017
Our firm recently celebrated our 5th year anniversary of serving the Legal Needs of NEPA’s Seniors and People with Special Needs.
The celebration of this happy occasion included all members of our work family and we wanted to share some of the pictures from the event.
NEPA Aging Network Alliance Food Drive | August 2017
Members of the Northeast Aging Network Alliance (NANA) spent an afternoon packing food boxes at the CEO/Weinberg Regional Food Bank that will be distributed to Seniors. Every month the CEO/Weinberg Regional Food Bank delivers 2,000 food boxes to benefit older adults in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
NEPA Aging Network Alliance Ice Cream Social | August 2017
NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA) members continue to provide monthly Ice Cream Socials to senior members of our NEPA communities at local Nursing Homes, Active Adult Centers and facilities, most recently at Mid Valley Health Care Center, Peckville.
St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen Meal Sponsor | June 2017
As part of our ongoing commitment to serve our community, we participated again this year as a meal sponsor at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Scranton. Brenda D. Colbert, Kevin R. Grebas and Dawn Edwards recently joined Chef Thomas “Chick” DiPietro and other volunteers to help prepare and serve meals to guests.
NEPA Aging Network Alliance Ice Cream Social | June 2017
NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA) provides a variety of services to senior members of our NEPA communities. Members have volunteered to provide Ice Cream Socials for seniors at local Nursing Homes, Active Adult Centers and facilities, most recently at Old Forge Manor. Sundaes were served to residents, as well as their volunteers and staff members.
Friends of the Poor: Easter | April 2017
Our staff participated in the event where Friends of the Poor gave out all the ingredients for an Easter meal--candy and all. Families in need lined up at St. Mary's Center in Scranton Wednesday for food baskets distributed by volunteers. Then, those with little ones picked out the perfect Easter basket.
We would like to thank Friends of the Poor's distribution of food around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. The goal is to provide a holiday to those who would otherwise not be able to afford one. Friends of the Poor expected to serve about 1,200 families this Easter.
United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA | April 2017
Our staff, and their family members, attended the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s annual Seniors Got Talent fundraiser that benefits Active Adult Centers in our local communities. This is the 4th year Colbert & Grebas has been one of the sponsors of this most enjoyable event while supporting the UNC’s Active Older Adult Programs. This is also the 4th year that Louise served on the Planning Committee for the event.
Health & Wellness Fair | March 2017
This will be the 5th year Colbert & Grebas has participated in the Annual Health & Wellness Fair at Meadows Nursing & Rehab Center. This free event is open to the community and features over 30 vendors and several free screenings including hearing screenings, neck and posture scans, a healthy cooking demo and more.
Timber Ridge Health Care Center Mixer | January 2017
Some of our staff attended the annual Winter Mixer hosted by Timber Ridge Health Care Center. More than 80 attendees enjoyed the wine, hors D'oeuvres and a wide variety of desserts during the event.
Blanket Donation to Meals on Wheels NEPA | December 2016
NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA) donated blankets to Meals on Wheels NEPA. More than 500 blankets will be delivered to all recipients for Christmas.
Meals on Wheels NEPA has been a part of our community since 1969 serving the nutritional needs of elder, homebound individuals who may be physically and/or mentally disabled and in need of nourishment.
Be A Santa To A Senior Program | December 2016
Our Community Outreach and Education Director, Louise, volunteers for the Be A Santa To A Senior program, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care in Luzerne in collaboration with the Agency on Aging. This is Louise's ninth year volunteering for the program and we couldn't be more proud.
Christmas Holiday Bureau Donation | December 2016
The Christmas Holiday Bureau is a program of Voluntary Action Center, Scranton that touches the lives of over 3,000 people in our community. This year’s fundraiser was a two-day promotion, a pizza sale by Alfredo's Cafe in Scranton. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of each square pan of pizza will be donated to the 2016 Christmas Holiday Bureau.
Our firm was happy support and participate in the event this year. The staff, as a group, also made cash donations for the fundraiser which Brenda and Kevin generously matched. Louise presented the check for the donations to Sherry Nealon-Williams, Executive Director of the Voluntary Action Center.
Colbert & Grebas Named Busines of the Month! | September 2016
Fidelity Bank, 4010 Birney Avenue, Moosic nominated Colbert & Grebas, P.C. as their Business of the Month!
Pictured are Louise C. Ligi, Community Outreach and Education Director with Colbert & Grebas and Kevin Scotch, Customer Service Specialist, Fidelity Bank. Stop by to see the display and register to be eligible for a drawing for a Certificate for Free Estate Planning!
The complimentary planning includes a Financial Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney and a Simple Will.
Wills for Heroes | September 2016
The Young Lawyers' Division of the Luzerne County Bar Association sponsored “Wills for Heroes” on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Wills for Heroes is a program that provides local first responders with Wills, Health Care Directives, and Financial Powers of Attorney, at no charge. Attorneys Kevin Grebas and Brenda Colbert were honored to volunteer as estate planning experts for this event. Approximately 24 first responders and their families were provided legal services.
St. Patrick's Day Cocktail Party | March 2016
Kevin and Louise attended Serving Seniors Inc. Annual Pre St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic. Proceeds raised from this fundraiser directly benefit the programs offered through Serving Seniors which improves the quality of life and care of long term residents living throughout Lackawanna County. Over 100 attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and entertainment by EJ the DJ and a special appearance by an Irish Bag Piper.
Happy Hour | February 2016
It’s always a great time when the work family from Colbert & Grebas gets together for “Happy Hour”.
We recently welcomed Debbie McLean to the staff with a celebration at the Tomato Bar & Bistro in Pittston.
Birthday/Welcome Back Party | February 2016
It’s so nice to gather for such a happy occasion. Our special party today at Colbert & Grebas for Louise Ligi was a dual celebration; birthday and a heartfelt welcome back to the office following her recent medical leave. We always have a fun time getting together, exchanging stories, enjoying lunch and especially the birthday cake!
NANA Keynote | November 2015
Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging was the NANA keynote speaker. In addition to Ms. Osborne, other speakers and topics included Mary Ann Rubino, BS, RN, MS - Understanding Physical Aspects of Aging; Nancy Menapace, RN CHPN, LPC, - Understanding the Psycho/Social Aspects of Aging; and David Betts, M.Div., LSW, MPA - Understanding the Spiritual Aspects of Aging.
Seated: Mary Ann Rubino; Jeanne Phillips; Teresa Osborne
Standing: David Betts and Nancy Menapace
Scranton Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange | October 2015
We had a great time at the The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce business card exchange at the Gardens of Green Ridge!
Pictured at the event were Louise Ligi (our Community Outreach and Education Director), Robert Durkin, President at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Kenneth Motichka, (one of our Paralegals).
Junior Achievement Volunteer | May 2015
Robin, our Estate Administration Paralegal is pictured volunteering for Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania at the Abington Heights Newton Ransom Elementary School. Each spring, Robin visits the classroom once a week for five weeks and teaches the second grade students about their community and what makes it work. Topics include, “How Does a Community Work?”, “Sweet O Donuts” (a lesson about production), “The Role of Government”, “A New Business” and “Money Moves”. It always amazes her how quickly the students can become attached to her. Each year the teacher provides Robin with the students’ thank you notes written after the lessons are finished. The heartfelt comments in those notes, such as “you are the best teacher ever!” make volunteering her time more than worthwhile. This is Robin’s 11th year as a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement.
Paint & Sip Fundraiser | April 2015
Colbert & Grebas sponsored a fundraiser for the Lutheran Academy at Spirited Art last night. We each painted our version of Von Gogh’s “Irises”. The Iris represents Faith, Hope, and Wisdom. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and we hope you had a wonderful time, we sure did!
NEPA Aging Network Alliance | February 2015
Attorney Brenda Colbert and Louise Ligi were recently elected to positions within the NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA). It is the mission of NANA to promote awareness of services and issues affecting older adults in Northeastern Pennsylvania. NANA works to accomplish this goal through education, advocacy, networking and coalition building. For 2015, Attorney Brenda Colbert will serve as Vice President and Louise Ligi chair the Public Relations and Marketing Committee.
Family Council Support Group Picnic | August 2014
Karen Caruso, Gino Merli Veterans’ Center coordinator of the Family Council Support Group, invited Colbert & Grebas to attend their group picnic. Louise C. Ligi, Community Outreach & Education Director along with residents enjoyed the entertainment provided by Jim Cerminaro.
Annual Pre St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser | March 2014
Representing Colbert & Grebas, Louise C. Ligi attended the Annual Pre St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser for Serving Seniors, Inc. held at La Palazzo. Over 100 people attended. Enjoying the festivities seated are: Gina Haley, Linda Heath, Virginia Hunisch, Sylvia Kolosinsky and Beth Rossi. Standing: Layna Schrader and Louise C. Ligi
Community Seminar | Februaru 2014
Attorneys Brenda D. Colbert and Kevin R. Grebas met with Sue Chapin, Sales Counselor at Clarks Summit Senior Living to make plans for the upcoming presentation “ Protecting Your Assets “. The presentation will be at the facility, 950 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA on Thursday, March 20th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
Pictured in the photo, seated L to R: Residents Karl Fritz and his wife Lois; and Theresa Andreoni. Standing L to R: Sue Chapin, Sales Counselor and Carol Werener, Activities Assistant, Clarks Summit Senior Living; Kevin R. Grebas and Brenda D. Colbert, Certified Elder Law Attorneys; and Louise C. Ligi, Community Outreach and Education Director, Colbert & Grebas, PC.
Gift Donation | January 2014
Colbert & Grebas staff gathered donation items from individuals and companies. We are grateful and acknowledge those who provided so many personal care items that Brenda was able to pack personalized cosmetic bags for each and every woman currently at Ruth’s Place. Those that helped Colbert and Grebas by donating items included: Jeanne Phillips, Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing center; Rebecca Zelinski, Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging; Mike Sololoski, BAYADA Home Health; Cynthia Kobolinski, Genesis Willowbrook Personal Care Home; Sue Chapin, Clarks Summit Senior Living; Linda Korjeski; Serving Seniors; Josephine Reviello and Beth Rossi. Thank you all for helping us to be part of the Gift of Kindness Campaign.
Winter Mixer | January 2014
Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Wilkes Barre hosted a Winter Mixer with well over 120 people in attendance.
Also enjoying the evening are: Heather Dewees, Community Service Representative, HomeInstead; Alyssa Maria, Owner, HomeInstead-Kingston; Louise C. Ligi, Colbert & Grebas, PC.; and Sylvia Kolosinsky, Community Relations Coordinator, Oakwood Terrace.