United Way Golf Classic to Tee Off July 14th

May 9th, 2014

133Fulton, NY ? One of the area?s most anticipated and largest golf tournaments, the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Annual Golf Classic is looking to be bigger and better than ever this year. Scheduled for Monday, July 14th, the United Way Annual Golf Classic will be held at one of Central New York?s finest private golf courses, the Oswego County Club.

Now in its 19th year, the United Way Golf Classic provides community members with an opportunity to enjoy a fun day of golf while supporting their local United Way. According to United Way Resource Development Director, Lois Luber, this year?s event will build upon the excitement generated from the most recent Golf Classics. ?The move to the Oswego County Club has breathed a new life into the event. The feedback we have received since we?ve hosted the event at the Oswego Country Club has overwhelmingly positive,? said Luber.

The 2014 United Way Golf Classic will follow last year?s successful format of offering two flights of golf, an 8:00 a.m. tee off and a 2:00 p.m. tee off.

According to Planning Committee Chairperson, John Nelson of the Nelson Funeral Home, the committee is working diligently to ensure that all golfers and sponsors will enjoy a great day of golf for a great cause. “We are excited to be returning to Oswego County Club for the United Way 2014 Golf Classic. The United Way Golf classic is an excellent opportunity for people to gather and support the United Way while enjoying a round of golf on one of New York’s finest private courses, said Nelson.”

The 2014 United Way of Greater Oswego County Golf Classic will once again feature a captain and crew format with teams of 4 golfers. A team registration of $600 includes: golf with carts for 4 people, a hot dog or hamburger at the turn, a chicken and steak lunch or dinner, beverages, golf shirt, and an opportunity to win an automobile at the hole-in-one contest sponsored by Burritt Motors of Oswego. There will also be plenty of raffles, a silent auction, a putting contest, skins competition, prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin, and much more.

Luber added that there a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for those interested in being a part of the United Way Golf Classic including; corporate foursome sponsorships and hole sponsorships. United Way is also accepting items for the silent auction, takes place immediately following the tournament, for businesses that would like to lend their support at that level. For more information on the 2014 United Way Golf Classic, register a team, or become a sponsor for the event, visit oswegounitedway.org or contact Lois Luber at your United Way office, 315-593-1900 x202, or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net.

Cut line for photo: John Nelson, chairperson for the 19th Annual United Way Golf Classic, meets with committee members to discuss details of the event. Scheduled for Monday, July 14th, the tournament will be held at the Oswego Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and organizations wishing to be involved with the event. Seated from left are: Julie Welch of Eastern Shore Associates; SUNY Oswego student and United Way intern Steve Leventoff; United Way Resource Development Director Lois Luber; Dave Lloyd of Novelis and John Nelson of Nelson Funeral Home. Absent from photo are committee members Brian Finn of Entergy, Perry Noun, and Community Volunteers Connie Smith, and Kim McPherson.

Book Drive to Benefit Area Youth / Collection for May 24th Fulton Parade

April 14th, 2014

132Fulton, NY ? In an effort to encourage a love of reading in our youth the Oswego County Youth Bureau and the Fulton Rotary Clubs are hosting a Children?s Book Drive in support of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County. They are currently collecting donations of new and gently used books with titles of interest to toddlers through teens. Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County will distribute the books during the Oswego Independence Day Parade, while United Way of Greater Oswego County will distribute books during the Fulton Memorial Day Parade.

Books may be dropped off at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St. and Community Bank, 1 South First Street in Fulton. Additionally, books may be dropped off at Fulton Rotary Club member businesses. For more information and a list of drop off locations, contact Jennifer Losurdo at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, (315) 349-3451; Futon Rotarian, Bridgette Seguin at (315) 598-6000; or visit oswegounitedway.org.

Cut line for photo: Book Drive to Benefit Area Youth. United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, the Rotary Clubs of Fulton and the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County have once again partnered for their annual Children?s Book Drive. The books will be distributed to children during the Oswego Independence Day Parade and the Fulton Memorial Day Parade. For more information and a list of drop off locations contact Jennifer Losurdo at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, (315) 349-3451; Futon Rotarian, Bridgette Seguin at (315) 598-6000; or visit oswegounitedway.org. Above from left are: Lois Luber, resource development director with the United Way; Brian Chetney, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau; Jennifer Losurdo of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau; and Meg Henderson, coordinator, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County.

Chiropractors Align to Support the United Way

April 8th, 2014

131Fulton, NY ? Chiropractors throughout Oswego County will host a special Patient Appreciation Day in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

On Saturday, April 26 participating Chiropractors will offer chiropractic treatments for current and former patients, as well as examinations for new patients in exchange for a $20 donation to the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

?I am thankful to Dr. Richard Tesoriero of Tesoriero Chiropractic for once again donating his time to organize our annual Patient Appreciation Day. I am very pleased that our area Chiropractors have joined together to sponsor this great event,? said Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County. ?Patient Appreciation Day is a wonderful opportunity for health conscious individuals to receive an important examination and valuable information at a very affordable price. You really can?t afford not to take advantage of this rare opportunity.?

All proceeds from the day will benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County and the many member agency programs that the United Way supports.

Chiropractors participating in Patient Appreciation Day include:

Falanga Family Chiropractic
Oswego – 343-2961
Dr. Beth Dubois
Dr. Richard F. Falanga

Family Chiropractic Office
Fulton ? (315) 593-7555
Dr. Brett R. Tallents

McCaffrey Chiropractic
Oswego ? (315) 342-3877
Dr. Casey McCaffrey

Perkins Chiropractic
Hannibal – (315) 564-7022
Dr. Franklin L. Perkins II

Tesoriero Chiropractic,
Oswego – (315) 343-5713
Dr. Richard Tesoriero

Licatese Chiropractic
Oswego – (315) 342-6300
Dr. Anthony Licatese
Dr. Ryan Barker

Active Chiropractic – Oswego
Dr. Jason Cunningham (315) 383-9614
Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf (315) 591-1091

Advanced Wellness Chiropractic
Mexico – (315) 963-8700
Dr. Michael Soucy

Those interested in taking advantage of Patient Appreciation Day are urged to call the participating Chiropractor of their choice and schedule their appointment as soon as possible. Patient Appreciation Day is sponsored by Oswego County Doctors of Chiropractic Representing the New York State Chiropractic Association.

For more information on the event you may contact any of the participating Chiropractors or your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Chiropractors to support the United Way. Melanie Trexler, executive director with United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with Oswego County Chiropractors to discuss Chiropractic Patient Appreciation Day. On Saturday, April 26 area Chiropractors will host a very special Patient Appreciation Day. For a donation of only $20 participating Oswego County Chiropractors will offer chiropractic treatments for current and former patients, and examinations for new patients. All proceeds from the event will benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County. From left are: Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Brent Tallents, Dr. Beth Dubois, Lois Luber, Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Dr. Casey McCaffrey, Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf, and Dr. Jason Cunningham. Absent from photo are; Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Michael Soucy, Dr. Ryan Barker, Dr. Anthony Licatese.

Lauren Overton joins United Way Staff

April 3rd, 2014

130Fulton, NY ? Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County has announced that Lauren Overton has joined the United Way staff as an intern.

Overton, who learned of the possibility of an internship at United Way through fellow church member, Shawn Seale who serves on the United Way Allocation Committee, is excited to be working with the United Way staff. ?This is a great opportunity for me,? said Overton. ?I am enjoying working with the staff and learning about all the good things United Way does and the agencies that it helps to support.?

While at United Way Overton will be assisting with the coordination of the United Way?s allocation process. She is currently welcoming community volunteers and helping to familiarize them with the their responsibilities as allocation committee members. ?I am interested in studying writing and psychology when I begin college and this is an excellent opportunity for me to acquire real world experience in both of those areas as well as general office skills, computer skills and interpersonal skills, all of which will prove beneficial in the future. I?ve always been fascinated by learning how people think and how they process ideas and suggestions. I?m looking forward to the interaction I will be having with volunteers and staff members of the agencies United Way helps support,? added Overton.

?We are excited to have Lauren on our staff,? said Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler. ?Lauren?s eagerness to learn, her ability to relate well with others and her love of writing and computers will serve her well throughout her time here at United Way.?

A native on Fulton, Overton, who was home schooled for grades 11 and 12 graduated at 16 and will begin her college career this fall at Cayuga Community College?s Fulton Campus where she will study creative writing and psychology.

Cut line for photo: Lauren Overton, a home schooled graduate, recently began an internship at United Way of Greater Oswego County. Overton will be attending Cayuga Community College?s Fulton Campus in the fall where she will study creative writing and psychology.

United Way Hole in One Bowl to Benefit Youth Programs

March 26th, 2014

129Fulton, NY ? The United Way of Greater Oswego County will host its inaugural Hole in One Bowl on Sunday, April 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. The event serves as a fundraiser for the various youth programs that the United Way helps sponsor. According to United Way Resource Development Director, Lois Luber, the Hole in One Bowl is way for families to get together and engage their children in an afternoon of fun and bowling. ?For a $15 donation participants will receive two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza and soda, and a youth size t-shirt. Weather permitting we will also have outdoor activities for the children as well,? said Luber.

Luber added that United Way is currently welcoming businesses and individuals interested in helping to sponsor the event. ?We invite those wishing to support our mission to improve lives and make a difference to make an investment in our children. Sponsorships are available on three levels:

– Hole in One Sponsor ($150) that provides the sponsor with signage on a bowling lane during the event, three tickets to the Hole in One Bowl, and a 24? x 18? tee box sign at the United Way?s Annual Golf Tournament to be held July 14 at the Oswego Country Club

– Ticket & T-Shirt Sponsor ($100) that includes signage on a bowling lane during the event, three tickets to the Hole in One Bowl, and logo or sponsor name printed on 100 youth shirts that will be distributed at the event.

– T-Shirt Sponsor ($50) that includes signage on a bowling lane during the event and logo or sponsor name printed on 100 youth shirts that will be distributed at the event.

For more information on the United Way Hole in Own Bowl contact Lois Luber at (315) 593-1900 or via e-mail at loisunitedway@windstream.net. Tickets to the event are available at Cakes Galore 40 West Seneca St. Oswego.

Cut line for photo: Wally Dengos of National Grid presents Lois Luber, resource development director for United Way of Greater Oswego County with a check in support of the United Way Hole in One Bowl. To be held Sunday, April 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. The event serves as a fundraiser for the various youth programs that the United Way helps sponsor.

United Way Salutes Tops Friendly Markets

March 13th, 2014

129Fulton, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented Tops Friendly Markets with the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award at the United Way?s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers held March 12 at the American Foundry in Oswego. Presented annually, the Company Campaign Team of the Year Award is presented to volunteers whose extraordinary commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and creativity contributed to the success of their company?s campaign.

?We are proud to recognize the team from Tops Friendly Markets? Oswego County stores with this award,? said Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego Count. ?These remarkable individuals inspired their co-workers and coordinated a campaign that achieved an unprecedented 132% increase in both the amount of donors and the amount of money raised. In addition to the support of their company campaign, the Pulaski store donated desserts to our Stone Soup Luncheons in Pulaski. This company?s commitment to providing its customers with quality products and its employees with a comfortable work environment is commendable.?

Cut line for photo: The team for Tops Friendly Market?s campaign for United Way was recognized with the Company Team of the Year award at the agency?s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers. Above from left are: Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Brian Killam, coordinator of the Sandy Creek Tops; Dick Delaney; United Way Campaign Cabinet member; and Deb DeLong coordinator of Pulaski Tops. Absent from photo is Bob Oustrich, manager of the Mexico Tops store.

United Way Honors Oswego County Chiropractors

March 13th, 2014

128Fulton, NY ? Several Oswego County Chiropractors were recognized with the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s inaugural Outstanding Special Event award at the United Way?s Annual Meeting held March 12 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The group was honored for its annual participation in Patient Appreciation Day. Established by Dr. Richard Tesoriero of Oswego, in association with the NYS Chiropractic Association, the event brought together chiropractors throughout Oswego County, and that offered chiropractic treatments at reduced rates on Patient Appreciation Day with all proceeds benefiting the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

?It?s my pleasure to present this award,? said United Way Executive Director, Melanie Trexler. ?Patient Appreciation Day is the longest running special event that is held in support of United Way and over the years has raised thousands of dollars for our campaign.?

Cut line for photo: Kathy Fenlon, president of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Board of Directors presents Oswego County Chiropractors with the United Way?s inaugural Outstanding Event Award for their Patient Appreciation Day. Pictured from left with Fenlon from are: Dr. Brett Tallents, Dr. Casey McCaffery, event chairperson Dr. Richard Tesoriero, Fenlon, Dr. Beth DuBois and Dr. Anthony Licatese. Absent from photo are Dr. Richard Falanga, Dr. Ryan Barker, Dr. Franklin Perkins II, Dr. Michael Soucy, Dr. Jason Cunningham and Dr. Dustin Wahrendorf.

United Way Recognizes Richard S. Shineman Foundation

March 13th, 2014

127Fulton, NY ? The United Way of Greater Oswego County recently recognized the Richard S. Shineman Foundation as it presented the foundation with its Spirit of Community Award at the United Way?s Annual Meeting.

According to Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation was a clear choice for the Spirit of Community Award.

?Our Spirit of the Community Award is presented to an organization or individual that demonstrates unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life in Oswego County. Since its inception in 2013, the Shineman Foundation has made an immediate and meaningful impact. With its mission to enhance the quality of life in Central New York and Oswego County in particular, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation has truly been a catalyst for change in our community,? said Trexler.

Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, gladly accepted the award on behalf of the foundation and praised Oswego County residents for their concern for others and their support of United Way.

?I am honored to accept this award, and to be a part of this community,? said Pistell. Returning from a recent conference in Silicon Valley I noticed a sign at the airport check-in. It read: if you see something say something. This sign impressed me more than any advice I heard at the conference. I felt it represented the spirit of the Oswego community. Dr. Shineman truly did something for this community that he so loved. He was a true champion of Oswego County. Dr. Shineman inspired others to volunteer and give generously to causes close to their heart. We at the Shineman Foundation are proud to promote that legacy by providing grants to non-profit organizations that enhance the community. Our foundation seeks to build relationships with its partnering non-profits that allow them to become more effective to build strong social bonds that help to bring the community together.?

Pistell praised United Way for its efforts, spoke highly of the non-profits that the Shineman Foundation has partnered with over the past year, and recognized Oswego County Opportunities? staff for their generosity. ?I had the opportunity to meet many of OCO?s young employees. They care about their community and those they serve. And while they are young and have limited resources they still wanted to do something. Their willingness to make weekly contributions to United Way, regardless of the amount, will prove important as the Shineman Foundation will be matching those donations,? said Pistell.

?I am inspired by those of you here today and others in our community who see something and do something. You see something and you do something because you care deeply about the place you call home. You believe in the mission of United Way. Together we form a community that does not silently stand by when we see a need. We are a community that in partnership with United Way, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, and countless other organizations stands together to make Oswego County a better place for us all,? added Pistell.

Cut line for photo: United Way of Greater Oswego County recently presented the Spirit of Community Award to the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. The award is presented annually to an organization or individual that demonstrates unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life in Oswego County. Above from left are: United Way Campaign Cabinet members, Doug McRae of Bond Schoeneck and King, and Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services; Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation; Kathy Fenlon, president of the United Way Board of Directors; and United Way Campaign Cabinet members, Brian Finn of Entergy; Terry Syrell of CENG; and Dick Delaney of Novelis.

Allain Daigle Named United Way Volunteer of the Year

March 13th, 2014

126Fulton, NY ? Allain Daigle, a member of the SUNY Oswego faculty and owner of Tiny Owl Media, received the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Volunteer of Year Award at the agency?s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers held March 12 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

A strong proponent of Oswego County, Daigle was recognized donating his time and talent to produce videos for United Way?s Annual Campaign Kick-Off and Annual Meeting. ?Allain has played an important role in helping tell the story of United Way and how the programs we fund positively effect those they serve. His generosity and willingness to share his considerable talents truly captures the essence of our theme; It is our Community and It is Personal!? said United Way Executive Director, Melanie Trexler.

?It has been a real pleasure for me to produce these videos and tell these stories of Oswego County. They are stories that I enjoy listening to and I appreciate the opportunity to help share these stories to help us grow and understand that we all are part of the same community,? added Daigle.

Cut line for photo: Allain Daigle, (seated center) a member of the SUNY Oswego faculty and owner of Tiny Owl Media, received the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Volunteer of Year Award at the agency?s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers held March 12 at the American Foundry in Oswego. Pictured with Daigle are standing from left: United Way Campaign Cabinet members; Dick Delaney of Novelis; Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services; Terry Syrell of CENG, Wally Dengos of National Grid; and Brian Finn of Entergy. Seated from left are: Campaign Cabinet member Doug McRae of Bond, Shoeneck & King; and Kathy Fenlon, president of the United Way?s Board of Directors.

United Way Brings ?Stone Soup Too? Luncheon to Fulton

March 6th, 2014

125Fulton, NY ? With the need for food subsidy increasing and food pantries throughout Oswego County being hard pressed to meet the growing demand, the United Way of Greater Oswego County is doing its part to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and encourage the community to help fill the shelves of our area food pantries. On Thursday, March 20th the United Way of Greater Oswego County will hold their 6th Annual Stone ?Soup Too? Luncheon in Fulton.

Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton, the United Way?s ?Stone Soup? Too Luncheon will draw upon the agency?s theme of ?It?s Our Community?and It?s Personal? as the United Way invites community members to come together to break bread, warm their hearts, gather with friends, and enjoy a delicious lunch of ?Stone Soup while helping to support Oswego County?s food pantries that are struggling to meet the increasing demand for their services.

?This is our 6th year for our Stone Soup Too luncheon,? said Lois Luber, Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County. ?It is the effort of our volunteers and committee members, and most importantly the strong support we receive from the community who return year after year to enjoy great food and fellowship that makes our Stone Soup Too luncheon such a success.?

To date a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary for the Stone Soup Luncheon. Soups will be provided by: Mimi?s Drive-In, Cheeseburger Soup; Blue Moon Grill, Cream of Broccoli; The Foursome Dinner, Ministrone; and Tavern on the Lock, Vegetable Beef and Barley. Dunkin? Donuts is donating ?Boxes of Joe?; C?s Farms & Davis Bros. will be providing the salad fixings; Red Baron will provide rolls; Kathy?s Cakes and Joe?s Corner Market are donating cookies; Hudson?s Dairy providing water, and cake will be provided by Springside at Seneca Hill. Luber added that there would be table arrangements featuring canned soups, courtesy of Struppler?s Shurfine Market, that will be donated to the food pantries following the luncheon and that the Fulton Lions Club has donated $500 for the purchase of food for our local food pantries.

In addition to the luncheon, those in attendance will have the opportunity to win a number of door prizes, including: gifts from Blue Moon Grill, Cayuga Community College, Price Chopper and Unique Hair Shoppe.

The United Way?s ?Stone Soup Too? Luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20th at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton. The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person. All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries. Attendees are also encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food, as the United Way will be collecting donations for area food pantries including the Salvation Army of Oswego County and Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

?Our food pantries are really feeling a strain this year and it is becoming especially challenging for them as they try to meet the demand for food subsidy throughout Oswego County,? added Luber. ?The food collected, and the money raised at our ?Stone Soup Too? Luncheon will be greatly appreciated.?

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Tim Archer, director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County?s Emergency Services program at 315-598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: United Way?s ?Stone Soup Too? Luncheon returns to Fulton. Committee members for the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s 6th Annual ?Stone Soup Too? Luncheon in Fulton meet to finalize details for the event. Scheduled for Thursday, March 20th the luncheon will at held at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton and serves as a fundraiser for food pantries throughout Oswego County. Seated from left are: Sue Witmer, Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus; Tim Archer or Catholic Charities of Oswego County; and Steve Chirello of Chirello Advertising. Standing from left are: Karen Hubel of Blue Moon Grill; Lori Lyon of Walmart Super Center in Granby; and Stephanie Budd, of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO). Absent from photo are committee members; Michelle Sherman (Walmart); Jo-Lyn Phillips, (OCO); Helen Hoefer, (Catholic Charities); Community Volunteer Janet Rebeor; Gina Camardello, (Key Bank); and Catherine Trowbridge, (City of Fulton).