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Mother's Day Champagne Brunch benefits Bourger Women with Children Program
Posted 04/13/2018 01:55PM

Misericordia University is hosting the third annual Mother's Day Champagne Brunch to benefit the student mothers of the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program (WWC) on Sunday, May 13 in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and seating begins at 11 a.m.

The Bourger WWC Advisory Board is hosting the event to help provide tuition support for student mothers in the novel program.

The brunch menu includes scrambled eggs, potatoes, French toast, bacon, sausage, a waffle station, granola, yogurt, fruit, Danish pastries, muffins, salads, ham and turkey carving stations, brown sugar glazed salmon, sautéed green beans, and tortellini Alfredo Florentine. The buffet also includes coffee, tea and soft drinks, along with Champagne, and mimosa and Bloody Mary cocktails. A special children's buffet will feature macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, French fries, corn, hot dogs and an ice cream sundae bar with cookies.

There will also be a Silent Auction and a "Parade of Baskets" raffle, with some baskets offering more than $500-worth of prizes. The university is holing a pre-sale on tickets for the "Parade of Baskets" on Friday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of Insalaco Hall.

"The Bourger Women with Children Advisory Board hopes to increase awareness of the program and help our student mothers lower their tuition debt load," said Katherine Pohlidal, director of the program. "The brunch is a very special way to support our student mothers by honoring all mothers. It is great to see so many families come together for a worthy cause. We had more than 150 people attend last year. It is a beautiful event and a very worthwhile way to spend that very special day."

Tickets are $50 per adult and $20 for children 12-18 years of age. Children under 12 are free. Since seating is limited, reservations are required. Online registration is available by visiting For event information, or to register by telephone, please call Kim Caffrey, Office of Mission Integration at Misericordia University, at (570) 674-1877.

Established in 2000, the Bourger WWC Program provides housing and support for academically qualified, single mothers at the poverty level and their children at three homes owned by Misericordia University. The program, one of only eight of its kind in the country, has seen baccalaureate degree graduates continue their education in graduate school and law school, and in professional careers, including nursing, education, communications, occupational therapy, social work, medical imaging, psychology, business administration and speech-language pathology.

The program currently is at capacity, with 16 single mothers and 19 children. Although women from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties receive priority, students from as far away as Montana and Utah have participated. For more information about the Bourger WWC Program at Misericordia University, please call Katherine Pohlidal at (570) 674-6728 or log on to


Misericordia University is hosting the third annual Mother's Day Champagne Brunch to benefit student mothers in the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program on Sunday, May 13. To register, please call (570) 674-1877. Student mother, Laverne Donovan, a junior health care management major, and her son Xavion, 4, share a kiss during last year's event.

Michael and Tina MacDowell Hall

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