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The Marian C. Bell Foundation for Parkinson's
We here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors are all about supporting our local Pittston and Scranton communities.
Founded in 2006 by the family of Marian Bell, the Marian C. Bell Foundation for Parkinson’s is a charitable organization dedicated to increasing Parkinson’s disease awareness, as well as fundraising to support those working to find a cure.
This is a foundation that is very close to our hearts here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell. Marian Bell, wife of Brian Bell and mother of Andrew Bell, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 26 years ago when very little was known about the disease. While we know more about it today than we did then, there is still a lot of work to be done before we can find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and you can help.
On September 28, 2015, Marian C. Bell Foundation for Parkinson’s hosted the 10th Annual P.A.R. for Parkinson’s Golf Tournament at The Country Club of Scranton in Scranton, PA. All proceeds went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Since 2000, the Michael J Fox Foundation has funded over $450 million in Parkinson’s research. Team Fox is a 1600 member grassroots fundraising branch of the Michael J Fox Foundation that the MCB Foundation has been a proud member of since its inception.
You can still donate to this amazing cause. Call Andrew Bell at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors at 570-654-5505 and ask how you can donate to the Marian C. Bell Foundation for Parkinson's Today. Together we can help raise the funds to cure Parkinson’s disease!
Check back here for information on our 11th Annual P.A.R. for Parkinson’s Golf Tournament.
Miles for Michael
About Miles for Michael
The Miles for Michael non-profit organization is a way for family and friends of Michael Joyce to remember this extraordinary man in an extraordinary way.
A resident of Duryea, Michael passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. He was 43. Michael was president of Joyce Financial Group, and was well-known across the region for his loving ways. The thousand-plus friends who attended his memorial service are a testament that his life was spent helping others and that there was never one person who came to him for assistance that he turned away.
It was that selflessness that led to the formation of the Miles for Michael Event held on Saturday, June 17, 2006. Throughout his 14-month battle with head and neck cancer, Michael never asked anything for himself, but asked his friends to provide support to other families who might not be as capable of handling the financial burdens of long-distance treatments. Although the original goal of the Miles for Michael Event was $10,000, more than $100,000 was raised. A large portion was given to the American Cancer Society – Wyoming Valley Unit for cancer research, and $50,000 went toward establishing a permanent fund within The Luzerne Foundation.
Addressing the needs of cancer patients and their families, this Fund will provide support for unexpected expenses such as travel, lodging, food, gas, and tolls that will help families to remain with loved ones during treatment and recovery.
Michael Joyce resided in Duryea with his loving wife, the former Laura Doran, and was the proud father of 2 children, Abby and Aaron. He was very active in the community where he served as director of the Avoca Basketball League, President of Avoca Jolly Boys, and was involved with the Pittston Area Intermediate Center. Michael coached a 5th Grade Girls Basketball team and an Avoca Little League baseball team. He was also a former board of director for Taylor Nursing Home, Lector / Finance Committee Member at St. Mary's church in Avoca, and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hyberia, Neil McLaughlin Avoca Chapter. He was a loyal basketball fan of St. John's University, Philadelphia Phillies Red Baron's Baseball and Dallas Cowboys.
Michael graduated from Scranton Prep and The University of Scranton with a Masters Degree in Health Administration. He completed his undergraduate work at University of New Haven. He also held a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. As president of Joyce Financial Group in Pittston, PA he assisted seniors in preparing and implementing retirement plans for over 8 years. Michael developed a specialty in working with retirees and those about to retire who want to protect their principal and insure that their money lasts.
Michael loved sports. Next to spending time with his family, Michael’s favorite activities involved playing, coaching and watching sports. As a matter of fact, sports even gave him an opportunity to spend more time with his two children. He enjoyed playing catch in the yard, taking Aaron to the batting cages to hit balls or helping Abby learn to shoot a basketball. Of all the sports, basketball was his favorite. From Saturdays at the Legion in Avoca, refereeing games or coaching his kids, to watching his nephew Billy play for Scranton Prep, to going to Madison Square Garden to watch his beloved Red Storm, Michael enjoyed basketball season to the fullest. Almost any night from December to March, you would find Michael (usually with one of his kids) watching the “game of the night” at some local high school gym from Scranton to Wilkes-Barre. He could be found right there in the front row with the other basketball junkies analyzing the game strategy with his son “Buck” or daughter Abby. Michael was a regular at the annual Pittston Basketball Holiday Tournament and was the one who offered to help sponsor the tournament as a tribute to his father.
It is fitting for the rest of us to take a moment to remember Michael Joyce, not just as a sports fan but as an outstanding father and husband and a great civic leader. His courageous battle with cancer became an inspiration to so many people, that his untimely death became a celebration of a life well spent rather than the sorrow of a life wasted.
Each year, Miles for Michael holds a number of fundraising events; one of our favorites is the annual softball tournament. This year, the tournament was held on July 18, 2015 at West Pittston Little League (5 West Street, West Pittston, PA). McNasty's was this year's winner!
Miles for Michael also hosted their 2nd annual Golf Tournament. This year, the tournament was held on July 31, 2015 at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain top, PA. You can sign up for the Miles for Michael Golf Tournament by calling Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors at 570-654-5505, ask for Kristy Rosiak or email at email@example.com.
The Miles for Michael Fund of The Luzerne Foundation is a way for family and friends to remember the selflessness and community service of Duryea resident Michael Joyce, the president of Joyce Financial Group who passed away from cancer on June 28, 2006. The Fund will support the needs of cancer patients and their families for unexpected expenses such as travel, lodging, gas and tolls so that families can remain together during treatment and recovery.
The proceeds of this fund are used to support families in Northeastern Pennsylvania. If you are interested in contributing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mary Rossi or Kristy Rosiak at (570) 655-2831.
One truly important non-profit organization that is special to our team at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors is Friendship House.
Located in Scranton, PA, Friendship House offers a full range of programs and services for children and families who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties, those who have been traumatized by loss, abuse and neglect, who have witnessed violence and those with autism spectrum disorders. Services are provided for children, from infants to teens, with programs throughout Northeast and Southeast Pennsylvania.
Many children who come to Friendship House are financially and socially disadvantaged. Friendship House relies on the generosity of donors to provide cultural enrichment and recreational opportunities, as well as holiday and birthday celebrations which most children take for granted. Donations allow the committed and compassionate staff of Friendship House to continue its calling to provide more than a safe haven, but also to offer hope and real possibilities for a better life.
Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors gives to various Friendship House programs throughout the year. Our most recent was Christmas gifts to the Autism Center at Friendship House. If you would like to donate to Friendship House, click HERE.
Giving Back in Pittston
There are a lot of great organizations to volunteer with or donate to in Pittston, PA. Here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors, we very strongly believe in giving back to the Pittston community that has given us so much. So we thought this week we would give you a few ideas of places in our area that would love your support!
The Greater Pittston YMCA, Pittston, PA – The YMCA has a great mission, to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, race or income has the same opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. If you feel the same, you can donate your time by volunteering with the Greater Pittston YMCA. You can volunteer within the programs themselves, as a fundraiser, with special events or as a member of the board. Learn more here.
Volunteer at the West Pittston Library, West Pittston, PA – Libraries in general are a great place, especially if you love books as much as we do. The West Pittston Library isn’t far from our office here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors, and that means we’ve spent more than our fair share of time there. We know that they are always looking for volunteers. To volunteer with the West Pittston Library, fill out the form here.
Donate to the Pittston Area Educational Improvement Organization – Do you have children in the Pittston Area School District? Do you appreciate the level of support they receive and the education programs that they are apart of? Much of that is a product of the Pittston Area Educational Improvement Organization (PAEIO), which supports research based methodologies and teaching practices. Learn more about PAEIO by clicking here.
Miles for Michael, Pittston, PA – Addressing the needs of local cancer patients and their families, Miles for Michael Fund provides support for unexpected expenses such as travel, lodging, food, and gas. Our team here at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors helped support this cause by participating in the Softball Tournament. This year a total of $18,552 was raised to help support families battling cancer. To learn more about Miles for Michael and what you can do to support this cause click here.
Don’t see your favorite organization here? There are many more ways and organization in Pittston that you can give back to. The important thing is to take care of our community so that we can continue to take care of you!