United Way Diamond Ring Raffle Winner

12/26/2018

The winning ticket for this year’s United Way of Greater Oswego County diamond ring raffle was drawn on Christmas Eve at DuFore Jewelers in Oswego. Pictured from left are Greg DuFore, United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, raffle winner Bob Dexter, and Mark DuFore. This year’s raffle raised a record total of more than $3,200 to support the United Way’s Annual CampaignOswego, NY – Bob Dexter was recently announced the winner of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s drawing for a stunning diamond ring.

The 14 karat white gold ring valued at $1,800 was generously donated by DuFore Jewelers in Oswego. The local business has been an active supporter of the United Way for many years, with the Christmas Eve raffle drawing a longstanding tradition many locals look forward to.

United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace said this year’s raffle generated a record high in ticket sales, raising more than $3,200 to support the United Way’s Annual Campaign.

We cannot thank DuFore Jewelers enough for continuing to support the United Way’s mission of ending hunger, building successful youth, and ensuring wellness throughout Oswego County,” said Wallace. “This partnership is truly a shining example of what can be accomplished when we live united.

To learn more about the United Way of Greater Oswego County and the 31 local programs it helps fund, visit www.oswegounitedway.org or www.facebook.com/OswegoUnitedWay

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield supports United Way

12/7/2018

United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine, right, recently met with with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President Jim Reed, left, to discuss the United Way’s Ensuring Wellness impact area and the positive effect it has on programs such as Farnham Family Services Prevention and Treatment services, the YMCA Oswego Active Older Adults Program, and many more initiatives across our county. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently donated $3,500 to the United Way in support of health and well-being.Fulton, NY – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently boosted the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign by donating $3,500 to support health and wellbeing across the county.

United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine recently met with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President Jim Reed to discuss the United Way’s Ensuring Wellness impact area and the positive effect it has on programs such as Farnham Family Services Prevention and Treatment services, and the YMCA Oswego Active Older Adults Program. Last year alone, the United Way’s funded programs assisted more than 13,800 people in accessing the tools needed for overall wellbeing.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield continues to be among our elite Admiral Society donors,” said Dewine. “Their generous support helps make it possible for us to continue achieving results for our three impact areas of ending hunger, building successful youth, and ensuring wellness throughout our county.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is pleased to join other area organizations in supporting the United Way of Greater Oswego County,” said Reed. “As Central New York’s largest nonprofit health plan, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield strives to partner with organizations that work to improve the health and health care of the residents of the communities it serves. We are pleased to work with the United Way of Greater Oswego County in furthering our common goals and ensuring a strong and vibrant community in Oswego County.

To learn more about the 31 programs funded by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, visit www.oswegounitedway.org, or find the organization on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oswegounitedway/

Lakers Hockey Teams Work to ‘Ice’ Hunger

12/6/2018

Members of the SUNY Oswego community recently presented the United Way of Greater Oswego County with donations of nonperishable food items and toys collected during the Nov. 30 Men’s and Women’s ice hockey games. Pictured above are members from both hockey teams, representatives from the SUNY Oswego SEFA United Way Campaign Committee, United Way staff, and representatives from both the Human Concerns Center and Salvation Army of Oswego County, which were the agencies that shared this year’s collection. The community is invited to help SUNY Oswego continue giving back by visiting the Dec. 9 Holiday Skate with the Lakers in the Marano Campus Center. Oswego, NY – Members of the SUNY Oswego community recently presented the United Way of Greater Oswego County with a donation of nonperishable food items and toys collected during the Men’s and Women’s ice hockey games held Nov. 30.

As part of this annual tradition of giving, spectators were encouraged to bring donations to the Friday games to support the United Way’s impact area of ending hunger across Oswego County. Last year alone, United Way funded agencies provided more than 150,000 meals throughout the county. This year the many boxes of collected food items were shared between the Human Concerns Center and The Salvation Army of Oswego County.

On hand to present the donations were members of both hockey teams and representatives from the SUNY Oswego SEFA United Way Campaign Committee, which hosts multiple fundraisers throughout the year to support the work of the United Way.

We are thankful for everyone who donated food and toys at both hockey games,” said Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director. “We are also grateful for the year-round support we receive from the SUNY Oswego community. Whether it’s their athletic department holding a food drive or the SEFA Committee putting on a special event, their support truly helps to make a difference in our community.

SUNY Oswego will continue giving back to the community by hosting the Holiday Skate with the Lakers from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. The annual event is held in the Marano Campus Center and features holiday music, a visit from Santa Claus, a hockey jersey raffle, and concessions provided by Auxiliary Services. Admission is $3 per person, and skates can be rented for an additional $3 fee.

Funds raised by the annual Holiday Skate with the Lakers will benefit the United Way of Greater Oswego County. To learn more about the local United Way and the 31 programs it helps fund, visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

For more information about the SUNY Oswego SEFA Campaign, visit https://www.oswego.edu/sefa/

Local Businesses Give Thanks, Give Back

12/3/2018

United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, left, recently met with Denise Damiano, owner of Damiano’s Eatery in Mexico, to thank her for participating in the inaugural Giving Thanks, Giving Back fundraiser. On Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving, four local businesses each donated a percentage of sales to support the United Way of Greater Oswego County. Damiano’s Eatery, Barado’s on the Water, Gibby’s Irish Pub, and both the Fulton and Oswego Fajita Grill locations collectively raised more than $1,100 to support positive change throughout Oswego County.

Fulton, NY – Four local businesses

recently took part in a countywide Giving Thanks, Giving Back initiative by donating a percentage of their sales from Nov. 21 to the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Barado’s on the Water in Central Square, Damiano’s Eatery in Mexico, Gibby’s Irish Pub in Oswego, and Fajita Grill locations in both Fulton and Oswego collectively raised more than $1,100 dollars to support the United Way’s mission of ending hunger, supporting children and youth, and ensuring wellness across Oswego County.

Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director, said they were thrilled with the level of participation seen during the inaugural year of Giving Thanks, Giving Back.

This event was a true illustration of what can be accomplished when we live united,” said Wallace. “We are so grateful that these community champions joined us to make a difference in our county.

According to Wallace, the United Way hopes to make Giving Thanks, Giving Back an annual event that community members can look forward to.

We hope to see this initiative grow in the coming years,” she said, adding they plan to continue holding the event on the day before Thanksgiving to make it easy for locals to give back at the start of the holiday season.

The timing of Giving Thanks, Giving Back was intentional,” said Wallace. “We chose the day before Thanksgiving so people who are home visiting family for the holiday have the opportunity to give back to their hometown while supporting local establishments.

All funds raised by Giving Thanks, Giving Back go toward the United Way’s Annual Campaign. The United Way touches the lives of all ages in all corners of Oswego County by providing funding to 31 programs run by 20 different nonprofit agencies. To learn more about the United Way of Greater Oswego County, visit www.oswegounitedway.org or call 315-593-1900.