The Clubhouse Tavern Receives United Way Spirit of Community Award

3/29/2017

The Clubhouse Tavern Receives United Way Spirit of Community AwardFulton, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County recently recognized Robert and Liz McGrath, owners of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, with its Spirit of Community Award at the organization’s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Luncheon held March 16th at The American Foundry in Oswego.  The award is presented to an organization or individual that demonstrates unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life in Oswego County.

Robert and Liz exemplify the meaning of what it is to be a small business in our community,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “In many ways the theme of their back story mirrors what the mission of United Way is all about…the opportunity to build a good life.  While raising two children and working full time they attended business classes at night and worked a third job on the weekends, all in the hope of providing a better life for their family.  And whether they were succeeding or struggling they always saw an opportunity to help someone else. It’s their hard work, long days and compromises that propels their partnership with United Way.  They support United Way in the hopes that another family in our community might have it a little bit easier than the last.  Their commitment to United Way and their community is inspiring.  They truly reflect the essence of our Spirit of the Community Award.

Cut line for photo: Robert and Liz McGrath, owners of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego were honored with the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s 2017 Spirit of Community Award at the organization’s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Luncheon.  Sponsored by Community Bank and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield the event was held March 16 at the American Foundry in Oswego.  From left are Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine, Robert McGrath, United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath, Liz McGrath, and United Way Board Member Clark Stanton.

United Way Honors Huhtamaki’s Nick Habel

3/29/2017

United Way Honors Huhtamaki’s Nick HabelFulton, NY – Nick Habel, human resources manager for Huhtamaki in Fulton, was recently honored as the United Way Campaign Coordinator Volunteer of the Year at the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Luncheon Habel was recognized for his role as Company Campaign Coordinator for Huhtamaki’s employee campaign in support of United Way.

As campaign coordinator Habel shares the mission of United Way with his co-workers at Huhtamaki.  Through personal meetings with every department and shift change, Habel conveys the United Way’s effort to provide the basic needs to families and individuals throughout Oswego County and the impact United Way has on ending hunger, helping youth succeed, and building healthier communities.

For the past 13 years Nick has been telling the story of United Way and inspiring Huhtamaki employees to lend their support,” said United Way Board Member Clark Stanton.  “During his tenure as company campaign coordinator Huhtamaki employees have donated more than $223,000 to United Way.  Additionally, Nick advocated on behalf of United Way of Greater Oswego County to procure a company match from Huhtamaki North America.  His efforts have resulted in a combined donation of almost half a million dollars during that time to United Way.  While each campaign has its unique challenges, Nick keeps the best interest of his community at heart.  His loyalty, dedication and commitment to United Way is commendable.

Cut line for photo: Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (l) and United Way Board Member Clark Stanton (r) present Huhtamaki Human Resources Manager Nick Habel (c) with the Campaign Coordinator Volunteer of the Year award at the organization’s Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Luncheon.  Sponsored by Community Bank and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield the event was held March 16 at the American Foundry in Oswego.  Presented annually, the Company Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award is given to the coordinator whose dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity go above and beyond what is expected.

Stone Soup Too Luncheon

3/20/2017

Fulton, NY – Committee members for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too Luncheon meet to plan the menu for this year’s event.  To be held April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton, United Way’s Stone Soup Too Luncheon will feature a variety of soups, salad and dessert, provided by local restaurants and small businesses.   The Community Luncheon serves as a fundraiser for area food pantries and a way to raise awareness of United Way’s goal of ending hunger in Oswego County.

The Stone Soup Too Luncheon is open to the public. United Way will be accepting donations of $5 per person at the door and attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items. There will also be a number of drawings and door prizes during the luncheon.  All proceeds and food donations from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries including Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Salvation Army of Oswego County, and the Hannibal Resource Center Food Pantry.  Seated from left are Helen Hoefer (Catholic Charities of Oswego County), Karen Hubel (Blue Moon Grill), and Steve Chirello (Chirello Advertising).  Absent from photo are committee members Jan Rebeor (community member), Kathy Piper (Oswego County Opportunities) and Catherine Trowbridge (City of Fulton).