Seniors Got Talent is typically the one handing out awards, but this year, the show is also on the receiving end. The annual fundraiser, presented by United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) has been recognized as runner-up in the fundraising category for the 2018 National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) Programs of Excellence, sponsored by the National Council on Aging.

“We were one of the two winners named in this category out of 80 applicants nationwide, so this is a real thrill,” said Laurie Fleming, director of Active Older Adult Programs at UNC. Each year, the NISC honors outstanding efforts made by senior centers across the nation that offer innovative, creative, and replicable programs for older adults.

UNC operates four Active Older Adult Centers throughout Lackawanna County, providing nutritious meals, screenings, fitness classes, and educational activities that encourage active, healthy and independent lifestyles. Proceeds from Seniors Got Talent benefit these important programs and services.

This year’s show will take place on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College in Scranton. Contestants age 55 and older will compete for cash prizes and an Audience Choice Award. Celebrity judges include Stacey Lange, of WNEP-TV; Justin Sochovka, of QVC; and Frankie Warren, of Magic 93. The second half of the show will feature a local professional group performing acts from the musical Nunsense.

“It all started seven years ago as a fun way to showcase the talents of the participants at our senior centers,” Fleming explained. We had no idea it would end up being standing room only.” The show has since outgrown the centers and entertains an audience of more than 400.

Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, call (570) 346-0759, ext. 114 or go to www.uncnepa.org.

About United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (UNC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to assessing and meeting the needs of low-income families, youth, and senior citizens in Northeast Pennsylvania. The agency’s mission is to work together with neighbors to provide services and create opportunities which empower individuals and build strong interdependent communities. The agency accomplishes this mission through six programmatic departments (Community Services, Child Care, Youth Programs, Active Older Adult Programs, Community Revitalization & Education, and Community Health) and a Housing/Community Development Corporation. Through this diverse programming, UNC uses an innovative wrap-around approach to address the emerging needs of the community it serves.