By Grace Perechinsky

It’s that time of year for the “new year, new me” resolutions, and the 15th annual Winter in the City cocktail fundraiser can help everyone start off right by giving back to their community.
“The evening is a feel-good event that provides the opportunity for people to get out of the house after the holidays and shake off their cabin fever,” said Joshua Mast, co-owner of POSH at the Scranton Club and event chairman.
POSH, 404 N. Washington Ave., will host the charitable events Fridays, Jan. 18 and Feb. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission costs $20, and all proceeds will go to Scranton Tomorrow’s small-business promotional initiatives, such as a new maintenance program to be established downtown in the spring, new banners and replacement planters.
Complementary beer and wine is provided, and a cash bar also will be available. Attendees can get a taste of 20-plus Scranton restaurants with menus ranging from pizza, pasta and salads to wings, desserts and much more.

“We have such a variety of vendors in hopes that our guests will feel inclined to visit them on their own free time,” Mast said.
Paul LaBelle and the Exact Change, a nine-piece ensemble, will provide the entertainment for January’s party. In a silent auction, guests can win gift cards from local businesses, baskets, artwork and more.
February’s Winter in the City, meanwhile, will tie into a Valentine’s Day theme. Group du Jour will get the evening going with an upbeat musical performance.
“The entire setting will be centered around Valentine’s decor,” Mast said.
Scranton Tomorrow has other projects in its sights that could benefit from the fundraisers, including a pocket park at Wyoming Avenue and Linden Street set to be completed by 2020 and a new event, Electric City Cycling, that will be held Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25. The latter event will include a community-friendly ride for all forms of bicycling on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and a twilight ride.

With POSH’s location in the city, just a block from Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, Mast noted, people who attend the party also can wander around the downtown and see what Scranton is all about.
“We have regulars and new attendees that trickle in every year to support,” he said. “It’s important to engage the community and bring everyone together to grow as one.”