Breakfast Cooks Up Support for Stuff-A-Bus

7/29/15

Kids and Robert McGrath, host of the Harborfest BreakfastOswego, NY – Dozens of community members and visitors filled the Clubhouse Tavern for the United Way’s 10th Annual Harborfest Stuff-A-Bus Breakfast.  Committee members and volunteers kept busy cooking and serving breakfast all morning as those eager to support United Way gathered to enjoy breakfast and support a worthwhile project.

Partnering with several 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 are seeing that more and more students do not have the means to purchase the supplies necessary to begin the school year.  Our Stuff-A-Bus campaign looks to alleviate that problem and provide as many children as possible with school supplies they need,” said Executive Director of the United Way Patrick Dewine.

Thanks to the generosity of the many community members and visitors that attended, Resource Development Director Ali McGrath said that the breakfast, combined with the drawing for the Beach Cruiser bicycle, donated by Eagle Beverage, raised $3,000 in support of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign.  “The support we received for the Harborfest Stuff-A-Bus Breakfast was an example of our community living united.  These funds will go along way towards our goal of helping children and youth succeed,” said McGrath.

That community support for United Way took on a personal touch when the winner of the 50/50 drawing, Mike Smith, donated back $100.

She also noted that the breakfast would not have been possible if not for the combined efforts the planning committee.  “I extend my sincerest thanks to co-sponsors, Robert and Liz McGrath of The Clubhouse Tavern, co-chairpersons, Dan and Liz Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, John and Laurie Kelly, John Michael Kelly, Jim Schneider, Patrick Barry, Bill Tucker, and Bernie Coe who unselfishly donated their time and talents to this event and demonstrated their genuine concern for United Way and the children and youth of our community.  I would also like to acknowledge Dahl’s Diner, Wades Diner, Ritz Diner, Dunkin Donuts, Davis’ Meats, and Sithe Energy for their donations to the breakfast,” said McGrath.

For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900, or visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

Cut line for 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 $3,000 to purchase school supplies for children in need in Oswego County.  Above, Robert McGrath, owner of the Clubhouse Tavern, and host of the breakfast, welcomes attendees (from left): Mason Donabella, Carson and Casey Keller, and Madelina Donabella.

United Way to Kick-Off Annual Campaign

7/21/15

Patrick & Ali with CabinetFulton, NY – Members of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Campaign Cabinet have begun planning the agenda for one of Oswego County’s most impactful events, the United Way’s Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.  Scheduled for September 16, 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.

According to Research Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego Count Ali McGrath, Campaign Cabinet Chairperson, Rob Rolfe of Harmony Financial Services / Met Life, and his fellow cabinet members have been working diligently to put together an exciting program that highlights the positive impact United Way and the human services programs it supports has on Oswego County and those that access them.

“This is the first campaign that I am overseeing,” said McGrath.  “It’s inspiring to see that our Campaign Cabinet is 100% committed to its success.  Their enthusiasm for the mission of United Way will help heighten awareness of United Way and the many ways in which United Way funded programs meet the need for human services in Oswego County.  Our Campaign Cabinet looks to empower community members and invite them to join us in our goal to build strong communities by ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals.”

The United Way Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast marks the official start to the United Way 2015-2016 Annual Campaign.  The campaign helps to raise funds for the 27 human services programs that are provided through United Way member agencies.  For more information on United Way of Greater Oswego County visit www.oswegounitedway.org or contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Representatives of United Way of Greater Oswego County recently met with members of the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet in preparation for the agency’s upcoming Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast.  Scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 16 at the American Foundry in Oswego, the event highlights the United Way’s community partnerships and invites community members to join United Way in its goal to build strong communities by ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and improving the health and well-being of families and individuals.  For more information contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org.  From left are: United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, United Way Campaign Cabinet member Terry Syrell (Exelon), and Campaign Cabinet Chairperson Rob Rolfe (Harmony Financial / MetLife).  Absent from photo are Campaign Cabinet members Dick Delaney (Novelis), Ron Tesoriero (City of Oswego), Clark Stanton (OVIA), and Brian Cummings (OCFCU).

Breakfast to Benefit Stuff-a-Bus

7/16/15

The Club House Tavern in Oswego and Eagle Beverage have joined together to cook up an idea to benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign.Oswego, NY – The Club House Tavern, in Oswego and Eagle Beverage have joined together to cook up an idea to benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign.

On Saturday, July 25 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, with additional sponsorship from Dahl’s Diner and Sithe Energy, the breakfast is open to the public. The suggested minimum 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.

“This is the tenth year that we have hosted this event,” said Robert McGrath, owner of The Club House Tavern. “The United Way does a lot to benefit the youth in our community and we are happy to be able to support their efforts and help raise money for their programs. With the city filled with visitors for Harborfest we are looking forward to welcoming a big crowd.”

“We are very appreciative of the support we are receiving from, The Club House Tavern, Eagle Beverage, and our planning committee,” added Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Patrick Dewine. “It’s encouraging to see that businesses and community members recognize the importance of helping our youth and supporting their United Way. Last year our “Stuff-A-Bus” program served more than 1300 students and we would like to help even more this year. I am looking forward to the event and I hope our community members join us for a delicious breakfast.”

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 $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 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 five 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 19 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 Banner photo: The Club House Tavern, 126 West Second Street in Oswego, will host a special breakfast on Saturday, July 25 to benefit United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign that provides less fortunate students throughout Oswego County with the necessary school supplies to begin the school year. The United Way Breakfast, which is open to the public, will be served from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. There is a $5.00 suggested donation and all proceeds will support the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. Pictured above from left are planning committee members: John Kelly, John Michael Kelly, Laurie Kelly, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, breakfast hosts, Liz and Robert McGrath, and Jim Schneider. Absent from photo are committee co-chairpersons Dan and Liz Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, Patrick Berry, and Bernie Coe.

Stuff-a-Bus Breakfast set for July 25

7/15/15

Committee members for the 10th Annual Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast display the Beach Cruiser bicycle donated by Dan Dorsey of Eagle BeverageOswego, NY – Committee members for the 10th Annual Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast display the Beach Cruiser bicycle donated by Dan Dorsey of Eagle Beverage.  The bicycle will be awarded through a drawing to be held 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 Stuff-A-Bus Harborfest Breakfast, sponsored by Eagle Beverage and The Club House Tavern, with additional sponsorship from Dahl’s Diner and Sithe Energy, will be held Saturday, July 25th from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m., at The Clubhouse Tavern, 126 West Second Street in Oswego.  The suggested minimum 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.  From left are: John Michael Kelly, Laurie Kelly, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, Liz McGrath, and Jim Schneider.  Absent from photo are committee co-chairpersons Dan and Liz Dorsey of Eagle Beverage, Patrick Berry, and Bernie Coe.