Local Agencies to Host Youth Program Forum

September 22nd, 2014.

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Oswego, NY ? Representatives from a number of Oswego County?s human services agencies will host an Oswego County Youth Program Forum on October 23 at the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Extension Site. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Open to anyone interested in learning about the many services and programs that are available to youth in Oswego County, the Youth Program Forum will provide youth service providers with an opportunity to share information on their programs while learning about other youth programs that exist in Oswego County. ?The Youth Forum is an excellent example of our human services agencies working together to help achieve a common good?helping our youth and their families. This kind of collaboration truly demonstrates the Live United concept that we are all connected,? said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

Executive Director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Brian Chetney, co-chairperson of the event?s planning committee, explained that the format of the forum would allow for participants to select from a series of workshops where agency representatives will present a synopsis of their program. The different workshops will touch on a number of the youth services that are available. Additionally, there will be an information area where attendees may learn more about many of the other youth services offered in Oswego County.

?The Oswego County Youth Program Forum is an excellent opportunity for youth agencies to come together and discuss the different services they offer to youth and families in Oswego County. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to network and ask questions,? added Chetney. For more information on the Oswego County Youth Program Forum you may contact Melanie Trexler at the United Way of Greater Oswego County 593-1900 ext.201 or at melanieunitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: Members of the planning committee for Oswego County Youth Program Forum meet to finalize details for the event. Scheduled for October 23 at the SUNY Oswego Phoenix Extension Site the informative program will highlight the many services and programs that are available to youth in Oswego County. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. Seated from left are: Ali McGrath with United Way of Greater Oswego County; Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities; Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Oswego County; and Heather Tebidor, Employment Specialist Oswego County Workforce NY. Standing from left are Jennifer Losurdo, Oswego City County Youth Bureau; Brian Chetney, executive director, Oswego City County Youth Bureau; and Karen Meyer with the Department of Social Services Youth Service Unit. Absent from the photo are committee members, Linda Brosch, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Kelly Otis, Oswego County.

United Way Helping Children and Youth Succeed

September 19th, 2014.

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Fulton, NY – United Way has touched the lives of countless families and individuals throughout Oswego County. Whether working to stop hunger, improving a community?s health and well-being, or helping children and youth succeed, the positive impact provided by United Way has made difference in lives of many.

While much of that impact is immediate and can easily be seen there are some United Way programs that offer services that provide a positive impact that lasts a lifetime. For one Fulton resident it all began with a trip to Catholic Charities? CYO Program.

When Mike Curtis was nine years old he learned from his friends that there was a place where he could go to have fun, meet new friends and best of all play basketball. The place, the Fulton CYO, soon became a favorite spot for him. He was soon going to CYO after school, evenings and Saturday mornings. The opportunity to play basketball and partake in the many other youth activities CYO offered was too much to pass up. ?I really looked forward to going to CYO. It was a big part of my life. I was still stopping in to play basketball some Saturday mornings when I was in my early 20s,? said Curtis.

In addition to basketball and the other activities, Curtis said that the all-night sleepovers were one of his fondest memories. ?They were great, especially around the holidays as there would be special holiday themed activities. No really ever slept?we were having too much fun!?

While CYO provided Curtis with hours of fun it also offered life lessons that would help shape his future. ?CYO taught me about discipline and responsibility. I remember having to stop at the front desk to sign in and CYO Director Jim Smiley explaining the proper conduct we were to display while we were at CYO. It was a privilege to be at CYO and he reminded us of that. It also taught me the value of hard work. I have vivid memories of painting those blue stairs that led to CYO when I was involved its summer work program. More importantly, it taught me how to build relationships. Life lessons like discipline and responsibility are only valuable when they can be passed on through strong relationships with family, friends and others, which is what I did,? explained Curtis.

As a 13-year member of the Fulton City Police Department, currently in the criminal investigation unit, Curtis has seen that the impact CYO had on his life is continuing to shape the lives of youth that visit CYO today.

?For many youth CYO is a respite from turmoil. It?s an alternative that offers healthy activities in a safe setting for those families that may not have the financial means to participate other wise. The impact that CYO has on our community is invaluable. It has the ability to intervene in the life of high-risk youth and offers a chance to help break the cycle of generational struggles and negative behavior. CYO teaches youth how to build relationships in a stable environment that are predicated on positive behaviors. The results of which benefit the community as a whole now and in the future,? said Curtis.

Curtis? reflections on his experience with CYO is just one of the many stories that could be shared by the thousands of youth and adults that have experienced all that CYO has to offer. It paints a clear picture of how United Way and the programs it supports impact a community.

?Every experience in your life has a role in shaping you as a person, said Curtis. ?CYO is a big part of why I am the person I am. I?ve heard people say why should I give to United Way. The answer is simple?results! We have a responsibility to support each other in our community. We need to give of our time, talent and finances if possible. One never knows when the tide may turn and it will be you in need of help, encouragement or even a life lesson. The impact that United Way has produces positive results that can help end hunger, assist our children and youth in succeeding, and improve the health and well-being of our county. For me the results are in the numbers; 42 years in the community, 21 years of marriage, 13 years with the Fulton City Police Department, 3 beautiful children, and one lovely wife,? added Curtis.

Cut line for photo: Investigator Michael Curtis with the Fulton City Police Department shared his story of the positive impact that the Fulton CYO Program had, and continues to have, on his life. CYO is one of the 27 programs that received funding as result of the United Way?s Annual Campaign. Pictured above from left with Curtis are CYO participants Kiera Purdy, Alexa Halstead, Avery Nunez, Blake Tyler and Kamrin Ledger.

Bill Crist Leads United Way Board

September 2nd, 2014.

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Fulton, NY ? Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler has announced that Bill Crist, superintendent of Schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, will officially take over the reins as President of the agency?s Board of Directors at the United Way?s 2014 / 2015 Kick-Off Breakfast, September 10 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

Crist follows out-going United Way Board President, Kathy Fenlon. He praised her for work with United Way and the support she has offered him. ?Kathy?s leadership over last two years has been remarkable. She has served as committee member, board member, executive board member, and president. I am especially grateful to her for extending her tenure and assisting me during my transition back to central New York this past spring. It has truly been a pleasure and honor to work with Kathy over the years in the spirit of helping Oswego County. She is one of a kind!? said Crist.

Crist, the former superintendent of the Oswego City School District, has been actively involved with United Way for more than a decade serving as a board member since 2003, and playing a major role in several sub committees including By-Laws, Campaign, Golf, and Strategic Planning. Additionally, Crist was a member of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce from 2003 to 2013 where he served as a member of the executive board of directors, the Government Relations committee, and represented the Oswego City School district.

A dedicated supporter of United Way, Crist is committed to increasing the impact of United Way. ?I feel very strongly about the positive impact that United Way has on Oswego County. My affiliation with United Way has allowed me to see first hand how great the need is in our community and the remarkable way in which United Way utilizes donors? dollars to support programs that produce measurable results by providing services that offer comfort, support and empowerment to those in need,? said Crist.

According to Trexler, Crist?s vast experience made him the perfect choice for United Way board President. ?We are very fortunate to have Bill as our board president. His skills set, leadership abilities and thorough knowledge of United Way and Oswego County is invaluable. I am confident that he is the right leader at the right time and will successfully lead United Way into the future and continue our mission of improving the quality of life in Oswego County by ensuring positive results from United Way funded programs and creating stronger, healthier communities,? said Trexler.

In his new role as board president, Crist is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. ?As we look to the future it is important for us to find innovative ways to reach our goals and convey our message to the community. We wish to assure our supporters that with United Way, it?s all about results. We are focused on educating the public and reminding them of the tremendous impact that their dollars have on the lives of those in need and the effect they have on Oswego County and our goals of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of our community,? said Crist.

One of Crist?s first duties as United Way Board President will be his active role in the Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast. He will share his vision for the future of the United Way as well as introduce events guest speakers: Executive Director of Farnham Family Services and Investigator Michael Curtis of the Fulton Police Department.

Unger will share video excerpts from Senator Ritchie?s recent forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction as well as a recent video from the Oswego County legislature focusing on heroin locally. According to Unger these videos, which include addicts speaking about their experiences, family members who have been affected by an addict, and perspectives from law enforcement and elected officials, will put into perspective the devastating effects that heroin.

?The success of the United Way?s Annual Campaign will have a tremendous impact on our efforts to combat heroin abuse in Oswego County. The funding that it provides Farnham Family Services assists us with both our treatment programs and our preventative work,? said Unger. ?United Way funding allows us to expand our preventative work in our schools and the community in general. Additionally, as a result of United Way funding we are able to procure additional dollars that make United Way?s investment even more beneficial.?

Curtis, a native of Fulton, will share his experiences with Catholic Charities? CYO Program. From attending as a youth to witnessing the positive effect CYO has on today?s youth, Curtis puts a face on the impact that CYO has on youth and the community.

According to Trexler, Jeanne?s and Mike?s stories are excellent examples of the results that United Way helps produce for Oswego County. ?United Way funding is all about results. Donations to the United Way Community Fund benefit a myriad of programs that serve community members of all ages and address the issues of hunger, the success of our child and youth, and the overall health and well-being of our communities. These programs produce measurable results that have a tremendous impact on not only those they serve, but on the community as a whole. There is no better way to make a positive impact on Oswego County than supporting United Way. Donations to the United Way Community Fund make a difference by providing solutions and increasing the quality of life throughout Oswego County.

United Way?s Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast, which is open to the public, will be held September 10 from 8:00 ? 9:00 a.m. at the American Foundry, 246 West Seneca St. (behind Fajita Grill on Route 104 West) in Oswego. The cost to attend the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is $15.00. Deadline for reservations is September 5. For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast, contact Resource Development Director, Lois Luber at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net.

United Way?s Campaign to Kick-Off Annual Campaign

August 26th, 2014.

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Fulton, NY ? Members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Campaign Cabinet are busy putting the final touches on the agenda for one of Oswego County?s most impactful events the United Way?s Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast. Scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, the event will be held from 8:00 ? 9:00 a.m. at the American Foundry, 246 West Seneca St. (behind Fajita Grill on Route 104 West) in Oswego.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler, said that the United Way?s Campaign Cabinet, under the direction of Chairperson, Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services, has been working diligently to ensure that the United Way?s Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is an enlightening and inspiring event that will provide community members with a better understanding of the positive impact the United Way has on Oswego County and the results that its programs have on those that access them.

?Our Campaign Cabinet is looking forward to this year?s campaign and are 100% committed to achieving our goals. They will be sharing their enthusiasm for United Way at our Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast by championing the positive impact of United Way funded programs and the measurable results these programs have on the three of the most important aspects of a strong community: Ending Hunger, Helping Children and Youth Succeed, and Health and Well-Being,? said Trexler.

The results of United Way funded programs and their true impact on the community will come to life through guests Jeanne Unger, executive director of Farnham Family Services who will speak of the success stories made possible through the agency?s programs; and Michael Curtis, criminal investigator with the Fulton City Police Department who will share his experiences with Catholic Charities? CYO Program and the positive impact it?s had on his life.

?We invite you to hear for yourself these personal accounts of how United Way funded programs make a real difference. Supporting the United Way Annual Campaign is way for our community to come together as a whole to create a stronger, healthier environment for Oswego County. There is no greater way to positively impact the quality of life in our communities than donating to the United Way Annual Campaign,? added Trexler.

The cost to attend the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast is $15.00. For more information, or to make reservations to attend the United Way Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast, contact Resource Development Director, Lois Luber at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler meets with members of the United Way?s Campaign Cabinet in preparation for United Way?s Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast. Scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 10 at the American Foundry in Oswego, the event will highlight the United Way?s community partnerships and focus on the agency?s vision of improving lives by empowering our community. For more information or to make reservations, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit oswegounitedway.org. Seated from left are: United Way Resource Development Director, Lois Luber, Ali McGrath, and United Way Executive Director, Melanie Trexler. Standing from left are Doug McRae of Bond, Schoeneck and King; Brian Cummings of Oswego County Federal Credit Union; and Campaign Chairperson, Robert Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services. Absent from photo are Campaign Cabinet members Brian Finn of Entergy and Terry Syrell of Exelon.

Breakfast Cooks Up Support for Stuff-A-Bus

August 8th, 2014

147Oswego, NY ? Dozens of community members and visitors filled the Clubhouse Tavern for the United Way?s 9th Annual Harborfest Breakfast. Committee members and volunteers kept busy cooking and serving breakfast all morning as those eager support Stuff-A-Bus gathered to enjoy breakfast and support a worthwhile project.

Partnering with more than 20 business and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County. ?Each year Oswego County school districts experience an increase of students who do not have the means to purchase the supplies necessary to begin the school year. Our Stuff-A-Bus program looks to address that situation and provide as many children as possible with school supplies,? said Executive Director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler.

Planning Committee Chairperson, Dan Dorsey of co-sponsor Eagle Beverage, was impressed with the support the event received from the community and praised the committee members and the many volunteers for make the breakfast possible.

?The support we received from both community members and the many visitors who were in town for Harborfest was tremendous,? said Dorsey. ?Thanks to the generosity of those who attended, we raised more than $2,900 to benefit the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. The genuine concern that was expressed for our youth is a wonderful example of community helping community.?

That community concern took on a personal touch when Rob McCarey, winner of the 50/50 drawing, donated back his prize of $334. Trexler added that the success of the United Way Harborfest Breakfast would not have been possible if not for the combined efforts the planning committee. ?The committee members; Robert McGrath and Liz McGrath of co-sponsor Clubhouse Tavern, co-chairperson, Liz Dorsey, John and Laurie Kelly, John Michael Kelly, Jim and Meg Schneider, Patrick and Kevin Barry and Bernie Coe unselfishly donated their time and talents to this event and demonstrated their genuine concern for our community, United Way and our youth. I would also like to acknowledge, Robert and Liz McGrath, Dan and Liz Dorsey, Davis Brothers, Eagle Beverage, Sithe Energy, Dahl?s Diner, Wiltsie Construction and Wades Diner for their donations to the breakfast,? said Trexler.

Trexler added that the money raised at the breakfast would be used to purchase additional school supplies to supplement what has been donated to date.

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900, Melanie Trexler or The Oswego City School District Superintendent?s Office 315-341-2001, Jo Ann Conzone.

Cut line for guests photo: The United Way of Greater Oswego County welcomed community members to its annual Harborfest breakfast in support of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Hosted by Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, the event raised $2,900 to purchase school supplies for children in need in Oswego County. Enjoying a family breakfast from left are the Mott family; seated from left are Emily, Rowan and Torin. Standing are Ryan and Tabitha.

Burritt Motors Drives Stuff-A-Bus Campaign

August 5th, 2014.

Oswsab-burritt2014_largeego, NY – Burritt Motors in Oswego recently revved up the United Way?s Annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign with a donation to help purchase additional school supplies for the campaign. Partnering with more than 20 businesses and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

?We are very appreciative of the support we receive from our area businesses and organizations. Whether hosting school supply collections, serving as official donation sites, or through their own generous donations, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign would not be the success it is without them,?said Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

Cut line for photo: Chris Burritt of Burritt Motors in Oswego presents Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler with a check to help purchase additional school supplies for the agency?s annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. Partnering with more than 20 business and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects and distributes school supplies to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

Oswego City Firefighters helps United Way Stuff-A-Bus

July 23, 2014

146Oswego, NY ? Allison McGrath, committee member for the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Stuff-A-Bus Campaign has announced that the Oswego Fire Fighters Association Local 126 is now collecting school supplies in support of the Stuff-A-Bus campaign at their main headquarters, 35 East Cayuga St. in Oswego.

Made possible through a collaboration between the United Way and Oswego County school districts, the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects school supplies for children in need throughout Oswego County.

?We are very appreciative of the support we are receiving from the Oswego Firefighters Association,? said McGrath. ?Committee member Jennifer Losurdo did a great job in bringing the fire department on board. Thanks in part to Jennifer?s efforts the involvement of the Oswego Fire Department will help to make our Stuff-A-Bus campaign more successful and allow us to provide as many children as possible with the school supplies they need to start the school year.?

Partnering with more than 20 business and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way is looking to stuff 8 school buses with school supplies so that children in need in Oswego County have the supplies they need to begin the school year. The highlight of the ?Stuff-A-Bus? campaign will be a special collection day on August 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. School buses will be at the following sites to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.
– Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square
– Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego
– Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Granby
– Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
– Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
– Kinney Drugs at 17 South 1st Street in Fulton
– The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal
– Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix

McGrath said that in addition to the collection of school supplies the committee is also holding a drawing for a cruiser bicycle donated by Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage. The bicycle will be awarded during a drawing to be held during the Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast on Saturday, July 26th from 8:00 ? 11:30 a.m., at The Clubhouse Tavern, 126 West Second Street in Oswego. Tickets for the drawing are available at the United Way office, 1 South First Street in Fulton and the Oswego City County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner Street in Oswego. For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen joins members of the City of Oswego Firefighters Association in presenting a donation of school supplies to the United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign. The Oswego City Fire Department is currently accepting school supplies at its main headquarters at 35 East Cayuga St. Above from left are: Stuff-A-Bus Chairperson, Jo Ann Conzone, Jennifer Losurdo, Allison McGrath, Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way, John Geraci, president, Local 126 Oswego Firefighters Association; Miller McMillan, Giuliana McMillan, Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie, and Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen. Held annually, through collaboration with the United Way and Oswego County School Districts, the campaign collects school supplies for children in need throughout Oswego County. For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Golf Tournament Winners Planned Results

July 23rd, 2014

144Fulton, NY ? A field of 46 teams took to the links for a day of golf and fun in the 19th Annual United Way Golf Tournament, held recently at the Oswego Country Club.

This year?s event featured two compete tournaments: a morning flight and an afternoon flight. In the morning flight, The National Grid team carded a 63 to capture first place.

Top individual performers in the morning flight were: Chuck Handley and Grace Burritt closest to the pin on hole 4; Jon Spaulding and Darlene Derocha closest to the pin on hole 18. Pete Cullinan and Grace Burritt, longest drive on hole 1. The team from NRG won the putting contest.

In the afternoon flight the Planned Results, Inc. team shot a 61 to finish in first place. Top individual performers in the afternoon flight were: Jeff LaBoueff and Aimee Johnson closest to the pin on hole 4; Adam Occhino and Diane Hudson closest to the pin on hole 18. Brian Kenney and Marion Ciciarelli, longest drive on hole 1. The team from Domino?s Pizza won the putting contest.

?It was a great day for golf,? said United Way Resource Development Director, Lois Luber. ?Everyone had a great time and the $29,000 raised will do much to help the many human service programs that United Way helps to fund. ?I extend a sincere thank you to our major sponsors; Exelon Generation, Entergy James A. FitzPatrick NPP, Novelis, National Grid, and Planned Results, Inc., as well as the many other businesses, organizations and individuals who assisted us with the financial underwriting of the tournament. I also appreciate the hard work and dedication of the golf committee and our many volunteers who gave of their time and talents to help make the event enjoyable for everyone involved. Their efforts played a major role in the success of our golf tournament.?

Cut line for Planned Results, Inc. photo: The Planned Results team carded a 61 to capture first place in the afternoon flight of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Annual Golf Tournament held recently at the Oswego Country Club. Pictured from left are team members John Schmitt, Kevin Riley, Roy Schaberg and Bill Lovine.

Golf Tournament Winners National Grid

July 23rd, 2014

143Fulton, NY ? A field of 46 teams took to the links for a day of golf and fun in the 19th Annual United Way Golf Tournament, held recently at the Oswego Country Club.

This year?s event featured two compete tournaments: a morning flight and an afternoon flight. In the morning flight, The National Grid team carded a 63 to capture first place.

Top individual performers in the morning flight were: Chuck Handley and Grace Burritt closest to the pin on hole 4; Jon Spaulding and Darlene Derocha closest to the pin on hole 18. Pete Cullinan and Grace Burritt, longest drive on hole 1. The team from NRG won the putting contest.

In the afternoon flight the Planned Results, Inc. team shot a 61 to finish in first place. Top individual performers in the afternoon flight were: Jeff LaBoueff and Aimee Johnson closest to the pin on hole 4; Adam Occhino and Diane Hudson closest to the pin on hole 18. Brian Kenney and Marion Ciciarelli, longest drive on hole 1. The team from Domino?s Pizza won the putting contest.

?It was a great day for golf,? said United Way Resource Development Director, Lois Luber. ?Everyone had a great time and the $29,000 raised will do much to help the many human service programs that United Way helps to fund. ?I extend a sincere thank you to our major sponsors; Exelon Generation, Entergy James A. FitzPatrick NPP, Novelis, National Grid, and Planned Results, Inc., as well as the many other businesses, organizations and individuals who assisted us with the financial underwriting of the tournament. I also appreciate the hard work and dedication of the golf committee and our many volunteers who gave of their time and talents to help make the event enjoyable for everyone involved. Their efforts played a major role in the success of our golf tournament.?

Cut line for National Grid photo: The National Grid team shot a 63 to capture first place in the morning flight of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Annual Golf Tournament held recently at the Oswego Country Club. Pictured from left are team members Tim McNamara, Wally Dengos (Captain), Denny McCarthy, and John Byrnes.

Stuff-a-Bus Breakfast set for July 26

July 17th, 2014

145Oswego, NY – On Saturday, July 26 from 8:00 ? 11:30 a.m., The Club House Tavern, 126 West Second Street in Oswego will host a breakfast in support of United Way?s Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Sponsored by Eagle Beverage and The Club House Tavern, and coordinated by a committee co-chaired by Dan and Liz Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, the breakfast is open to the public. The suggested donation for the breakfast is $5.00 with all donations benefiting the Stuff-A-Bus campaign that helps provides area youth in need with the supplies they need to begin the school year.

In addition to the breakfast, the United Way will also be holding a drawing for a chance to win a Beach Cruiser Bicycle, courtesy of Eagle Beverage. Tickets, which are available through United Way, are $5.00 each with all proceeds benefiting the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign.

Made possible through a partnership with United Way, school districts throughout Oswego County, and more than 20 business and organizations, the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign, collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County.

The highlight of the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign will be a special collection day on August 20 when school buses will be at the following sites from 9:00 a.m. ? 3:00 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.
– Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square
– Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego
– Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Granby
– Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
– Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
– Kinney Drugs at 17 South 1st Street in Fulton
– The Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal
– Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix

For more information on the breakfast, or the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, or the drawing for the Beach Cruiser Bicycle, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Committee members for the 9th Annual Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast display the cruiser bicycle donated by Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage. The bicycle will be awarded during a drawing to be during the Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast. Tickets for the drawing to win the bicycle are available at the United Way office, 1 South First Street in Fulton. The breakfast will be held Saturday, July 26th from 8:00 ? 11:30 a.m., at The Clubhouse Tavern, 126 West Second Street in Oswego. The suggested donation for the breakfast is $5.00 with all donations benefiting the Stuff-A-Bus campaign that helps provides area youth in need with the supplies they need to begin the school year. In front from left are: Laurie Kelly, United Way Executive Director Melanie Trexler, Alison McGrath, Morgan Mears, and Liz McGrath. In back from left are: John Kelly, John Michael Kelly, and Patrick Barry. Absent from photo are committee members, Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, Liz Dorsey, Bernie Coe, Robert McGrath of The Club House Tavern, and Jim Schneider.