Judi H. Memorial Fund Rock On


Mark Lesko was the winner of the door prize, a custom pink Fender Stratocaster guitar, for the recent Judi H Rock On 2 event.  The event was held by a group of friends and family of a woman from Dunmore who lost her battle with cancer.  Hundreds attended the dance party at the Scranton Cultural Center, and all proceeds from the event benefited the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in memory of Judi Perry Hartridge.

Pictured at the presentation of the guitar are John Hartridge, Event Co-Chair; Paul LaBelle, Honorary Event Chair; Mark Lesko; and Dana Morris, Event Co-Chair.

Thank You to All

On May 5th, friends and family of a woman from Dunmore who lost her battle with cancer held their third annual fundraiser in her honor. Judi Perry Hartridge, a beloved mother, nurse, and wife, succumbed to cancer in 2007 at the age of 43. In order to honor her generous and loving nature, a group of family and friends wanted to do something in her memory. The group formed the Judi H Rock On Committee and began planning annual fundraisers to benefit the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. Each year, the fundraisers correlate to Judi's love of music and dancing, and the 2013 event was no different, featuring a dance party at the Scranton Cultural Center.

Judi H Rock On 3 boasted first-class entertainment with both Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change and Old Friends taking the stage separately and together. The Exact Change invited back past band members to take part in an eight piece horn section reunion, and both bands closed the night with an outstanding "New Orleans Dixieland Jazz" tribute.

Another highlight of the evening was the honoring of local musician "Papa Joe" Gambo with the Musical Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Gambo is Judi's great-uncle and has spent more than 70 years as a musician, performing with groups like the Gene Dempsey Orchestra, Pachi Band, Stegmaier Band, Marywood Concert Band, Scranton Philharmonic Orchestra and Crystal Band. He also played with celebrities such as Liberace, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Vinton and Frankie Valli during his career.

Rounding out the fun evening were chances to win great donated prizes, including "The Pink Lady 3" pink guitar, an iPad, and a one-year membership to Planet Fitness. Overall, the event raised more than $18,500 to support local Cancer Institute programming.

"There is nothing more gratifying than to know that those in the community you serve recognize the importance of your work. The Judi H Rock On Committee did so by giving of their time and resources to make this event a success," said Bob Durkin, Cancer Institute President.