As a firm, we take great pride in our Northeastern Pennsylvania community. We believe that it is our privilege to give back in any way we can.
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.