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.
2022: Year 8
Anthony Capozucca, Kevin Carroll, Frank Cawley, Ed Donnelly, Mike Duffy, John Farrell, Chris Kelly, Kyler Kovaleski, David Mahalak, Dominic Marianacci, Eric McDermott, Michael Struckus
2021: Year 7
Chris Barnic, Chris Bohinski, Tom Campenni, Danny DePhillips, Eric Gasper, Joseph Karp, Patrick Kernan, Sean McKeag, Nick Morreale, Jeff Piazza, Austin Sinclair, Matthew Vough, Thomas Wysokinski, Jr.
Thomas Wysokinski, Jr. – $23,218.76
Tom Campenni – $22,033.99
2020: Year 6
Events Cancelled due to COVID-19 Global Pandemic
2019: Year 5
Joseph Adonizio, Peter Adonizio, Ray Capozucca, Nick Chiumento, Matthew Latona, Paul Melvin, Mike Murray, Jon Pollard, John Rebovich, Lindo Sabatini, Leo Sperrazza, Gene Starr
Matt Latona – $14,340.00
Ray Capozucca – $10,140.00
2018: Year 4
Mike McGinley, Bob Kalinowski, Matt Green, Vincent Latona, Michael McFarland, Frank Cawley, Scott Verdine, Patrick Bilbow, David Pacchioni, David Pedri, Chris Lubinski
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.
Pat Bilbow – $10,847.46
Bob Kalinowski – $7621
2017: Year 3
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
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.
Jason Ferentino – $4850
Joe Long – $4410
2016: Year 2
James Bobeck, Matt Carmody, Dave Day, Jimmy Fisher, John Haas, Jerry Mancinelli, Girard Mecadon, Joe Nealon, Vito Quaglia, Michael Rebovich, Tommy Tigue
John Haas – $6218.50
Joe Nealon – $5047.33
2015: Year 1
Ed Ackerman, John Adonizio, Pat Cosgrove, Jay Duffy, Jarrett Ferentino, Russell Keeler, Chris Sanders, Sal Sciandra, Nick Wagner