Gentlemen’s DashTM

The Paint Pittston Pink™ Gentlemen’s Dash™ is the brainchild of Sal Sciandra, husband of Paint Pittston Pink™ President and Co-Founder, Barbara Sciandra.  Sal and Barb were discussing fundraising events for Paint Pittston Pink™ on a beautiful summer evening while visiting some friends in Boston.  Barb vividly remembers Sal coming up with the crazy idea to have men compete against each other while wearing high heels.  In planning anything for Paint Pittston Pink™, the committee always wants to ensure that as much hard-earned money as possible is raised and donated to cancer research.  Sal believed that his idea would serve as a symbol for the pain that women, and even men, face while undergoing cancer treatment.  The Paint Pittston Pink™ Gentlemen’s Dash™ was born!

In 2015, the second year of Paint Pittston Pink™, Barb took Sal’s idea and dashed!  Barb made some very awkward phone calls with the inquiry to do a 50m dash on Main Street, Pittston in heels!  Barb promised that the highest fundraiser would wear flats on race day.  We now know that this was just a fundraising tactic! 

In Paint Pittston Pink™’s second year, the first high-heeled event was held.  As with anything, it took a little while for the Dash to catch on.  However, it soon became a staple of PPP’s Paint Pittston Pink™’s events, and it didn’t take too long before men were volunteering to participate.  The Gentlemen’s Dash™ really helped to put Paint Pittston Pink™ on the map.  The community looks forward to this event, in particular, year after year.

Joe Nealon

Joe Nealon

Matt Latona

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2019: Year 5

Gentlemen:

Joseph Adonizio, Peter Adonizio, Ray Capozucca, Nick Chiumento, Matthew Latona, Paul Melvin, Mike Murray, Jon Pollard, John Rebovich, Lindo Sabatini, Leo Sperrazza, Gene Starr

Amount Raised:

$84,370.24

Race Winner:

Ray Capozucca

Top Fundraisers:

Matt Latona – $14,340.00

Ray Capozucca – $10,140.00

2018: Year 4

Gentlemen:

Gene Axton, Michael Callahan, Scott Carpenter, Jason Ferentino, Brandon Hampton, David Kirkland, Nick Kovaleski, Joe Long, Brian Matyjevich, Lorenzo Medico, Stephen Parulski, Isiah Walker, John Widdick, Gennaro Zangardi

Amount Raised:

$48,318.46

Race Winner:

Frank Cawley, one of our Dashers, was unable to run in heels due to an injury. As a symbol of Dash unity, the men crossed the finish line together.

Top Fundraisers:

Pat Bilbow – $10,847.46

Bob Kalinowski – $7621

2017: Year 3

Gentlemen:

Gene Axton, Michael Callahan, Scott Carpenter, Jason Ferentino, Brandon Hampton, David Kirkland, Nick Kovaleski, Joe Long, Brian Matyjevich, Lorenzo Medico, Stephen Parulski, Isiah Walker, John Widdick, Gennaro Zangardi

Amount Raised:

$34,389.52

Race Winner:

Stephen Parulski, one of our Dashers, passed away shortly before the event, so the men crossed the finish line in unison and pointed to the heavens in Stephen’s honor. Stephen is memorialized on the Gentlemen’s Dash shirts every year. 

Top Fundraisers:

Jason Ferentino – $4850

Joe Long – $4410

2016: Year 2

Gentlemen:

James Bobeck, Matt Carmody, Dave Day, Jimmy Fisher, John Haas, Jerry Mancinelli, Girard Mecadon, Joe Nealon, Vito Quaglia, Michael Rebovich, Tommy Tigue

Amount Raised:

$37,685.83

Race Winner:

Matt Carmody

Top Fundraisers:

John Haas – $6218.50

Joe Nealon – $5047.33

2015: Year 1

Gentlemen:

Ed Ackerman, John Adonizio, Pat Cosgrove, Jay Duffy, Jarrett Ferentino, Russell Keeler, Chris Sanders, Sal Sciandra, Nick Wagner

Amount Raised:

$18,495

Race Winner:

Jay Duffy

Top Fundraisers:

Sal Sciandra – $5815

Jay Duffy – $4000

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