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Coughlin High School Student Athletes to Salute Joe Moran on his 90th Birthday

Save the Date: May 20th, 2023

Coach Joe Moran is celebrating his ninetieth birthday in March, 2023, an accomplishment in itself.  During discussions among the many athletes he coached throughout his 12 year career it became clear that Coach Moran had a significant influence on all players and their success in life.  His effort in assisting them in achieving their goals after high school, whether it was attending college, pursuing college athletic scholarships, joining the military, or pursuing careers in a variety of occupations was most significant.  His work with young people simply did not end when the seasons were over.
Several members from various teams he coached recently met, formed a Coach Joe Moran Birthday Celebration Committee and agreed to sponsor a birthday celebration for Coach Moran as their way of saying thank you.  Therefore, the Committee would like to invite all student athletes from the football and track teams he coached from 1960 to 1972 to join us to celebrate Coach Moran’s 90th Birthday.   The Committee also realizes Coach Moran has touched many lives throughout Wyoming Valley, a lifelong resident of Wilke-Barre, serving  as a teacher  and educational and community leader in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.  Therefore, the Committee is also extending this invitation to the people of Wilkes-Barre and the greater Wyoming Valley who would like attend this milestone celebration.  However, reservations will be limited to 200 attendees.
Coach Moran’s 90th Birthday Celebration will be held at a dinner on Saturday, May 20, 2023, beginning at 5 PM at the Amber Palace located at 228 George Avenue in the Parsons Section of Wilkes-Barre.  The cost of a ticket will be $60.00 per person.  The event  will include a cocktail hour (cash bar) and hot hors d’oeuvres; followed by a buffet dinner, to include salad, pasta course, dessert, coffee/tea service and soft drinks.  The Luzerne  Foundation will be assisting with the sale of tickets to the banquet.  Ticket sales will close on May 10, 2023.  Proceeds from this event will be used to support the Joseph A. Moran Scholarship Fund managed by the Luzerne Foundation since  its inception in 2006.
To register to attend the event, please click on the REGISTER button noted below and it will take you to the registration and ticket link to purchase your ticket.


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Committee members are: Bob Bartoletti, and Bruce Evancho, Co-chairs; Jim Blaum, Terry Blaum, George Conway, Barry Davenport, Joe Duffy, Bill Hilburt, and Mike Lowery

This scholarship, established by friends, family and many former students of Joseph A. Moran, recognizes and honors Joe’s many decades of service to the youth of our community. This scholarship is awarded to a student(s) graduating from Wilkes-Barre Area High School, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Joseph A. Moran is a respected educator, admired coach and distinguished public servant. He served the students and community of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for more than 30 years beginning in 1960. As a coach, Joe led his teams to several championships. As a teacher and administrator, he fostered achievement in his students and peers while creating innovative academic programs that benefit students of the District to this day. His service to helping others continues to this day and this scholarship honors and sustains that fine tradition.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a graduating senior of Wilkes-Barre Area High School, Wilkes-Barre, PA;
  2. Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at any accredited college/university, career training center, or vocational training institution as a full-time student;
  3. Must have been a participant in football and at least one other varsity sport each year during the past three years;
  4. Must have maintained a minimum 2.75 GPA throughout junior and senior years;
  5. Must have demonstrated service to school and/or community;
  6. Must have demonstrated leadership qualities on a team, in the classroom and/or in the community;
  7. Must be a good school student and community citizen;
  8. Must show demonstrated financial need.
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