SCRANTON, PA. (March 18, 2019) – As a cornerstone of the community the Everhart Museum takes seriously its missions to inspire and stimulate curiosity. The Museum does this by providing a distinctive and meaningful experience for all visitors. Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and corporate funders the Everhart will be able to offer free programming and transportation to a growing number of schools and students.

An Everhart Museum experience provides students with an exciting opportunity to learn from experts in the fields of science, literature, and visual and performing arts. The year-round classes, assembly programs, and workshops are designed for each student to achieve success and personal growth while fusing the arts and science into the school curriculum.

The reality for many children and teens in Northeastern Pennsylvania is that the Everhart could potentially be one of a few or the only museum they ever experience. In an effort to ensure there is no financial barrier for schools to bring students to the Everhart, the Museum participates in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program and established its own transportation fundraising initiative in 2018 named $110 for the Everhart’s 110th.

Area businesses and long-time Everhart supporters, Lackawanna Insurance Group and Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc., participate in EITC and have been the leading funders in our EITC programming having recently contributed $50,000, and close to a quarter of a million dollars over the last decade.

“EITC is beneficial to the businesses, but more importantly it supports key educational programs throughout the region with a sustainable level of

funding,” said Mark DeStefano, Chief Financial Officer of Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc. and a Director of Lackawanna Insurance Group.

“On a recent visit to the Everhart Museum, I was able to witness these dollars in action. As the children were touring through the Everhart, you could see how engaged they were. It was truly heartwarming just seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter during the workshops,” said Michelene Pagnotti, President of Pagnotti Enterprises, Inc. and Chairman of Lackawanna Insurance Group.

EITC funding allows the Museum to extend free fieldtrips and assembly programs to area schools, and the Everhart’s $110 for the 110th fundraising initiative provides transportation to the Museum. Free transportation and programming is

available to teachers and schools in Lackawanna and surrounding counties on a first-come first-served basis. More information on how to signup can be found here: http://wp.me/P4ipOn-21