This week, staff writer Maggie Westerman talks with Brian Williams about the Deutsch Institute’s Passports to Paris Champagne Celebrity Brunch.

Residence: Scranton

Professional background: Courtroom deputy for Judge James A. Gibbons

Title: Chairman of the board for Deutsch Institute

Q: What inspired you to have this event?

A: Volunteers within the Deutsch Institute wanted to financially help support the various programs and activities for individuals with special needs within our communities.

Q: How many years has this event been a tradition?

A: Over 25 years.

Q: What will be on hand at the event?

A: There will be music by the Ferdie Bistocchi Memorial Band led by Doug Smith, 50/50 raffles, 75 to 100 amazing basket raffles, and local celebrities serving up a delicious Champagne brunch.

Q: How will proceeds be used?

A: The proceeds will go to the Deutsch Institute, where we provide recreation and leisure opportunities for individuals with special needs in five counties across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Q: What is your fundraising goal?

A: NEPA has always been extremely generous to the Deutsch Institute. In previous years, we have raised between $15,000 and $20,000. We hope to meet or exceed that amount to continue our amazing programs for families involved with the Deutsch Institute.

Q: Why is community support crucial to this cause?

A: Community support is vital to any nonprofit in this day and age. For the Deutsch Institute, it is crucial that we strive to promote inclusion of everyone so that we may experience the diverse abilities in all of us.

If you go

What: Deutsch Institute presents Passports to Paris Champagne Celebrity Brunch

When: Sunday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton

Details: General admission tickets are $25 or $22 for Deutsch members; children ages 6-12 are $10, and kids five and under are free. For tickets or more information, call 570-348-1968.