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Real Estate Auction Will Benefit Five Local Charities for Third Time

Published by:  Pocono Record

(STROUDSBURG) Michael Baxter & Associates Commercial Real Estate & Property Management (MB&A) has announced the second High Five Charity Auction to be held Thursday, October 9th, 2014.

This year’s participating organizations are Fitzmaurice Community Services, Gregory W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund, Mady’s Angels, Monroe County Meals on Wheels and Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.

High Five Charity Auction 3 will be a live auction event held at Desaki Restaurant on Rt 611 in Swiftwater and offer the opportunity to bid on commercial real estate as well as travel, entertainment and/or other products and services. All real estate sold will donate a minimum of $5,000 of the winning bid. The seller and buyer will be able to select the receiving organization(s) for their portion of the donation. All other items sold will benefit the sponsoring charity directly.

Michael J. Baxter, Broker/Owner of Michael Baxter & Associates Commercial Real Estate said, “Our firm has always been fully committed to serving our clients as well as the community and the High Five Charity Auction is a perfect combination of the two. Last year was a huge success for all involved and we look forward to an even better outcome this year. It’s also not too late for owners to have the opportunity to include their property if you call today.”

This year’s participating charities are excited to be involved and had this to say;

“The Fitzmaurice Community Foundation is thrilled to be one of this year’s recipients of the proceeds from the Michael Baxter & Associates Hive Five Charity Auction.

This generosity helps make it possible for us to continue to fund the unmet needs of our most vulnerable citizens. We are very grateful.” Says Liz Koster, President & CEO.

Rachel Moyer of the Gregory W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund shared “I am overjoyed to be part of this community event and to grow awareness about automated external defibrillators (AEDs) & how they must be placed in every school & facility where kids gather. “Got AED?” is a question that every person should be able to answer from Kindergarten to a senior citizen facility. AEDs should be in every location where the public gathers! They are easy to use & save lives!”

Laura Law, President of Mady’s Angels “is excited to have been chosen as one of the organizations to benefit from a portion of the funds raised from the High Five Charity Auction, so that we can continue to pay it forward in our community.”

Executive Director Mimi Mikels of Monroe County Meals on Wheels is “honored and thrilled to have been chosen to participate in this unique charity event. The generosity of businesses and individuals in Monroe County never ceases to amaze me and as a leader in its field, once again Michael Baxter & Associates is leading. The proceeds from this event will help us purchase meals for those who are unable to pay for the meals themselves. We hope that again this year our community will step up with support for all of the participants.”

Mark Hodgson of Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care shares: “It is very exciting to be selected as one of the non-profit organizations in this year’s High Five Charity Auction. This auction gives non-profits the opportunity to use these funds to support our missions. As our community grows so do the needs of the individuals we serve.”

For more information and tickets please call Michael Baxter & Associates (570) 421-7466 or visit www.highfivecharityauction.com. Tickets may also be purchased from any of the participating charities. Admission tickets are $35 each with all net proceeds being shared by the five charitable organizations.

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Fraternal Order of Eagles of Stroudsburg
Golf Tournament Lines up an
FCS Foundation Hole In One!

Pictured left to right: Eagles Club member, Paul Kennedy, FCS Consumer David Smith, FCS Employee and Eagles Club member Tom Maltes, and Eagles Club members Scott Smith and Bob Ackerman

A benefit Golf Tournament for Fitzmaurice Community Services Foundation, Inc. was held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 organized by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 1106, in Stroudsburg.

The tournament was held at the Glenbrook Golf Course where over ninety participants were in attendance. Each golfer received a “goodie bag,” door prizes, and competition prizes donated by many local businesses.

Fitzmaurice Community Services Foundation would like to thank the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 1106, all participants, and local businesses for helping raise over $2500 to benefit our consumers and their families.

Fitzmaurice Community Services, Inc. (FCS) is a non-for-profit organization that has been Building Brighter Futures for over 45 years for Adults with Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and their families. Our philosophy is to create a rich environment that empowers our clients to achieve independence, individuality, productivity and inclusion in the community.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Stroudsburg #1106 was established as a non-profit organization in 1898, and has developed programs to help members of the community with a commitment to support its members and the community by raising money for local and national charities.

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It’s Always a HAPPY HOLIDAY with FCS!

Consumers of Fitzmaurice enjoyed the Annual Holiday parties held on December 3rd and 4th.  Great food, music, and GIFTS at the West End Fire Company.

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Enterprise Presents Grant to FCS Foundation

June 26, 2013

Pictured Left to Right: Staci Sullivan, Enterprise Regional Auto Leasing Representative, Deb Scocozza, Executive Vice President of FCS, Liz Koster, FCS President & CEO, and Patricia Bretz, Enterprise Senior Customer Service Representative

Staci Sullivan, FCS’s Regional Auto Leasing Representative from Enterprise and Patricia Bretz, Enterprise Sr. Customer Service Representative presented FCS Foundation with a $2000 donation. The Grant was requested by Staci Sullivan, and provided by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation who provides charitable support to non-profits thus enhancing the quality of life in communities they serve.

Enterprises generosity will assist many FCS consumers achieve a better life in our community. Staci Sullivan expressed her excitement as she looks forward to giving back to Enterprises non-profit customers, and is happy that Enterprise Holdings Foundation recognizes the need to give back.   Enterprise and Fitzmaurice Community Services… “Building Brighter Futures!”

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2013 Mental Health Awareness Walk

“Every Step in Recovery Helps Stomp out Stigma”

May 17, 2013

In honor of Mental Health Awareness throughout the month of May, Fitzmaurice Community Services staff and consumers participated at the Thirteenth Annual Mental Health Awareness Walk in Stroudsburg.

Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services (MH/DS), along with Community Support Programs of Carbon, Monroe and Pike Counties sponsored the annual event. The walk began at the New Hope Recovery Work Center on Main St. in Stroudsburg, and concluded with a BBQ at the Dansbury Park pavilion. The event was an opportunity for individuals, families, advocates, and the community in general to come together to dispel the myth of mental illness and to heighten awareness of attitudes, stereotypes and prejudices that hinder recovery.

FCS offers many services for individuals with Behavioral Health Disorders, with the main goal to achieve recovery and independence within our community. We pride ourselves in exceeding client & family expectations by providing environments that promote growth, success and friendships. This is accomplished by consumers, family members, Direct Support Professional Staff and the community working together. For more information regarding FCS’s Behavioral Health Services, click here, or contact us at enews@fitzmaurice.org.

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Pictured Left to Right: Liz Koster, FCS President & CEO, The Connelly's, and Deb Scocozza, FCS Executive Vice President

Greater Pocono Chamber Business Expo 2013

March 27, 2013

FCS was one of the 200 businesses showcasing its’ services at the Annual Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, March 22nd and 23rd at the Koehler Fieldhouse of East Stroudsburg University.

In addition to booth visitors learning about FCS’s services for clients and community members, one of the highlights was the

Pictured left to right: Liz Koster, FCS President & CEO, Andrea Reiter, and Deb Scocozza, FCS Executive Vice President

chance to “Guess the Candy Eggs,” and win an FCS/Liztech Pin valued at $55.

Our two lucky winners this year were the Connely Family , and Andrea Reiter both from Stroudsburg. They were presented with a holiday themed Easter Bunny and a beautiful FCS Liztech Pin.

Congratulations, and thanks for visiting us at the 2013 Business Expo

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…Kicking off the “Ho-Ho-Holidays” with FCS!

The Forth Annual Breakfast with Santa kicked off the Holidays Saturday, December 1st at the FCS Administration Building.

Pancakes and sausage, along with hot cocoa and whipped cream was served for breakfast, and kids of ALL AGES took part in singing their favorite Holiday tune, and crafting a special Holiday ornaments.  …Let’s not forget the STAR of the day – SANTA was there with Mrs. Claus to hear what’s on everyone’s wish list for 2012!

Crafting at it's finest for these Elves!

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FCS’s Beth Booterbaugh Recognized for Achievements in 2012

Congratulations to FCS’s Beth Booterbaugh for being recognized by the Caron-Monroe-Pike MH/DS’s Advisory Board.

Pictured left to right: Sheila Theodorou, MH/DS Administrator, & Beth Booterbaugh, Vice President of FCS Behavioral Health Services

The 2012 Advisory Board for MH/DS held their Annual Dinner Meeting on Wednesday, October 24th at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn where Beth was honored. Beth, the Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, was recognized for her hard work, dedication and kindness in working in the behavioral health field, consistently going the extra mile for consumers. Beth was also commended on her responsiveness to families in terms of helping them understand, negotiate and navigate the mental health system.

Deb Scocozza, Executive Vice President of FCS, commented “…Beth focuses on the needs of the consumers, all while hiring and training caring and competent staff, setting up new homes, and establishing goodwill among neighbors. In addition, it was Beth’s success with the CHIPPS program that paved the way for future CHIPP projects. And for that she has made an everlasting impact on recovery within Carbon-Monroe-Pike MH/DS.”

Congratulations Beth on your accomplishments and recognition!

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Celebrating Joan Menhennett…
Bringing Leadership to Life in the Poconos

Joan posing at the "grad party" thrown by her FCS colleagues Friday, June 25th

Joan Menhennett, Consumer Finance Supervisor, celebrated Thursday, June 24, 2012 by graduating from the Leadership Pocono Program!

Joan was chosen to participate in the Leadership Pocono, by the FCS Executive Team. Liz Koster, President & CEO, weighed in on why Joan was chosen, “…watching Joan grow a department like Consumer Finance, and leading a team of individuals with professionalism and success, I knew the Leadership Pocono experience would broaden her horizons and give her more opportunities to explore community service and leadership.”

In addition to Leadership Pocono’s intensive monthly educational sessions, Joan was part of a team of individuals participated in a Community Project for Easter Seals of Eastern PA. The Team was responsible for the promotion of Easter Seals “Growing Green” which is an environmentally friendly summer residential camp – held at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in the Pocono Mountains – for campers with special needs; something that is near and dear to her.

Joan commented as the Leadership Pocono 2012 commencement neared, “…Having participated with community leaders and my classmates has taken me from being agreeable to being enthusiastic and truly engaged in the prospect of me being a Leader in all areas of my life. …The guidance I received has enabled me to be a more effective supervisor at work. I am more aware of the opportunities that the Pocono region has to offer the community and how valuable we all are in making a difference.”

Leadership Pocono is a subsidiary of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce with a mission ‘to educate and transform future leaders through interactive learning so they can serve the needs of a growing and vibrant, diverse community.’ We congratulate Joan with her new found accomplishment being a Leadership Pocono Alumn of 2012!

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