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 www.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.