United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus Campaign adopts changes

7/25/2019

The City of Oswego along with Oswego Police and Fire Departments are once again supporting the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. The annual school supply drive works to ensure that every child in Oswego County has the tools they need to be ready to learn on the first day of school. Above, United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chair Person Laurie Kelly, Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, Fire Chief Randy Griffin with members of the Oswego Fire Department, and Police Chief Tory DeCaire with members of the Oswego Police Department are pictured with a group of community supporters before the 2018 Stuff-A-Bus Campaign, which collected more than 46,000 school supply items for local children in need. For more information, call the United Way at 315-593-1900.Oswego, NY – Now in its 17th year of existence, the United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of the Oswego County community, and the 2019 school supply drive will be no exception.

As the need for school supplies for children of Oswego County continues to grow, neighbors are likely to see other individual drives popping up in their neighborhoods, but the iconic yellow buses parked in support of the Stuff-A-Buss Campaign will still be stationed around the county on Aug. 16.

United Way takes great pride in supporting this initiative by identifying the needs of the community and supporting the solutions to address those needs,” said Patrick Dewine, United Way executive director. “By garnering additional support throughout the community year after year, in 2018 alone we were able to provide 1,840 children with a total of 46,858 school items across Oswego County.

Dewine said the mission of the program is to continue this tradition in order to ensure all children in Oswego County have the tools they need to be ready to learn on the first day of school.

We are only able to continue this tradition thanks to our large network of volunteers across the county, our dedicated partners in each of the nine school districts, and thanks to new business partners who connect and engage with our mission,” said Dewine. “We are happy to be able to continue providing this needed service to families in our community.

This year, Dewine asks that community members take special notice of both the Stuff-A-Bus distribution sites and giveaway locations, which have seen some changes from previous years.

On Aug. 16 school buses will be located at the following sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies, including pens, pencils, index cards, backpacks, rulers, and more.

  • Big Lots at 140 State Route 104 in Oswego (new location)
  • Top’s Supermarket on Route 3 in Hannibal
  • Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
  • Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
  • Kinney Drugs at 9543 Route 11 in Brewerton (new location)
  • Kinney Drugs at 17 South First Street in Fulton
  • Fulton Savings Bank Plaza on Route 57 in Phoenix

Staff members and volunteers from all nine Oswego County school districts and the United Way of Greater Oswego County will sort the collected supplies with a portion going to each district in the county.

Volunteers will be distributing supplies throughout the county as follows,

  • APW – Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9 – 11 a.m. at the APW Bus Garage
  • Central Square – Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. – noon at the Central Square Bus Garage (new location)
  • Fulton – Monday, Aug. 19, 4 – 7 p.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School
  • Hannibal – Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1 – 3 p.m. at Kenney Middle School
  • Mexico – Tuesday, Aug. 20, 8 – 11 a.m. at Mexico Middle School Gym
  • Oswego – Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9 a.m. – noon, or until supplies last, at Fitzhugh Park School
  • Phoenix – Wednesday, Aug. 28, 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Maroun Elementary (new location)
  • Pulaski – Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1 – 4:30 p.m. at Pulaski High School (new location)
  • Sandy Creek – Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6 – 7 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Board Room (new location)

Families are urged to attend the distribution in their school district only. A copy of the student’s 2018-2019 report card is required to participate. If entering a district for the first time, or transferred into a new district, an enrollment letter from that district is required.

School supplies will be available for those who would find it challenging to purchase the supplies that their child need for school. Volunteers will be on hand to assist and guide the children and to make sure they get the supplies they really need.

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

14th Annual Breakfast to Benefit Stuff-A-Bus

7/24/3019

The Stuff-A-Bus Breakfast Committee recently met to finalize plans for this year’s breakfast to support the annual campaign to collect school supplies across Oswego County. The Club House Tavern/Spencer’s Ali, 126 W. Second Street in Oswego, will once again host the event on Saturday, July 27, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The breakfast is open to the public with a minimum suggested donation of $6 per adult, with children 10 and under free. All proceeds go to support the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, which last year provided more than 1,800 children across the county with the supplies they needed to be ready to learn on the first day of school.Oswego, NY – This Saturday, July 27, enjoy a full breakfast at the Club House Tavern/Spencer’s Ali while supporting the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual school supply drive, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign.

The Club House Tavern/Spencer’s Ali, located at 126 W. Second Street in Oswego, is once again hosting the breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on the last Saturday of July. The event is sponsored by Pathfinder Bank, Eagle Beverage, and tavern owners Robert and Liz McGrath.

United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine said there are also many other supporters who help make the fundraiser possible year after year.

We are very appreciative of the support we receive from all of our event sponsors,” said Dewine. “I also need to acknowledge the planning committee that has been at work for months setting up this year’s event; the many volunteers who make sure the morning runs smoothly; and all of the local businesses that have provided in-kind donations to make the breakfast possible. It is inspiring to see how many businesses and community members are willing to come together to make sure youth across our county have the tools they need to be ready to learn on their first day of school.

The suggested minimum donation for adults attending the breakfast is $6, with children 10 and under free. All proceeds and donations will benefit the Stuff-A-Bus campaign which helps distribute thousands of school supplies across Oswego County.

Last year alone, the Stuff-A-Bus campaign collected 46,858 school supply items that were distributed to more than 1,800 children across all nine school districts in Oswego County,” said Dewine. “This annual breakfast is our largest fundraiser to support the campaign, so we hope the community will once again come out for a delicious meal and set us on the path for another record-breaking year.

Along with the breakfast, guests will also have the chance to win a Land Shark bicycle donated by Eagle Beverage. Tickets will be available at the breakfast for $1 each, or 6 for $5. The winner of the bicycle will be announced during the breakfast, but you do not need to be present to win.

After the breakfast, the next highlight of the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign is a special collection day on Aug. 16 when school buses will be at the following locations from 9 am to 3 pm to accept donations of school supply items, such as pens, notebooks, backpacks, index cards, and more.

  • Top’s Supermarket on Route 3 in Hannibal
  • Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main Street in Mexico
  • Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
  • Kinney Drugs at 9543 Route 11 in Central Square
  • Kinney Drugs at 17 South First Street in Fulton
  • Fulton Savings Bank Plaza on Route 57 in Phoenix
  • Big Lots at 140 State Route 104 in Oswego

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

Paper Buses Ready to Roll

7/16/2019

Oswego, NY – United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, left, joins Stuff-A-Bus Co-Chairperson Laurie Kelly, center, and Billye Germain of Pathfinder Bank in displaying the United Way’s paper buses. Community members can now show their support for the annual Stuff-A-Bus Campaign by purchasing a paper bus at Pathfinder Bank branches throughout Oswego.

Each year the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign works to ensure every child in our community is prepared for the first day of school by collecting school supplies to be distributed to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County. All proceeds from paper bus sales will go toward purchasing additional school supplies such as backpacks and calculators to support Oswego County students. For more information, contact the United Way by calling 315-593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org.

United Way Golf Tournament a Success

7/10/2019

The Oscar Roofing team carded a 58 to capture first place in the morning flight of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Golf Tournament held recently at the Oswego Country Club. Team members Shane Murray, Anthony Woods, Ted Knopp, and Geno Knopp also won a skin for an eagle on Hole 10. Oscar Roofing was one of 37 teams that supported the United Way’s mission by participating in the annual fundraiser.Oswego, NY – Sunny skies and a pristine course greeted golfers who participated in the 24th annual United Way Golf Tournament on Monday, July 8, at the Oswego Country Club.

The tournament featured a morning and an afternoon flight, allowing for a total of 37 teams to participate throughout the day.

The first and second place teams for the morning flight received tied scores of 58, but Oscar Roofing was awarded the win after comparing the handicaps for the most challenging holes on course. Second place was awarded to the IBEW Local 43 team.

Top individual performers for the morning flight included:

Closest to the Pin, Hole 4: John Fiume / Maureen Caswell

Closest to the Pin, Hole 12: Eric Bresee / Deana Masuicca

Longest Drive, Hole 1: John Byrnes / Tamie Allen

The Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant team won the putting contest.

Morning skins winners included IBEW Local 43 with an eagle on Hole 14, Oscar Roofing with an eagle on Hole 10, FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant with an eagle on Hole 6, and Quaker Chemical with a birdie on Hole 8.

The Eagle Beverage team took home first place for the afternoon flight with an impressive 16 under score of 55. They were followed by Oscar Roofing’s second team of the day with a score of 57.

Top individual performers for the afternoon flight included:

Closest to the Pin, Hole 4: Bill Buske / Diane Lowry

Closest to the Pin, Hole 12: Bob Mazurowski / Lynne Eggert

Longest Drive, Hole 1: Kevin Dorsey / Lynne Eggert

The Novelis Men’s team won the afternoon putting contest.

Afternoon skins winners included Danno’s Deacons with birdies on Hole 4 and Hole 8, and Financial Partners of Upstate New York with an eagle on Hole 10.

Kevin Dorsey, Ryan Barbeau, Lou Castaldo and Zack Farden brought home first place for the Eagle Beverage team in the afternoon flight of the United Way’s 24th annual Golf Tournament held recently at the Oswego Country Club. Nearly 200 golfers took part in the fundraiser to support the United Way’s mission of ending hunger, building successful youth, and ensuring wellness across Oswego County.We could not have asked for a better day,” said Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director. “The event ran smoothly mostly thanks to the guidance of our tournament planning committee, which includes John Nelson, Lynne Eggert, Dave Lloyd, and Rich Godden. They have volunteered their time for months leading up to the event to help with everything from outlining the course games to choosing prizes for our winners.

Wallace also said the event’s success was made possible with endless support from the Oswego Country Club staff and restaurant.

Course Superintendent Scott Peters and his team truly made sure the course was perfect for our event,” said Wallace. “Golf Pro Ryne Varney and Assistant Pro Mike Hogan could not have been more helpful through every step of the planning process and the day-of tasks. We also appreciate all of the work LaP&T staff Ray Jock, Kim Jock, Tammy Murphy, and their team put into making sure our golfers received a prompt and delicious gourmet meal.

We are extremely grateful for our returning Major Sponsors Burritt Motors, National Grid, Novelis, and Exelon Generation’s Nine Mile Point and FtizPatrick Nuclear Power Plants,” said Wallace. “They were joined by Corporate Sponsors Burke’s Home Center, Fulton Savings Bank, David Mirabito with Financial partners of Upstate New York, IBEW Local 43, NBT Bank, NRG, Penske Logistics, Motion Industries, and Quaker Chemical, as well as countless Tee Sponsors and Food and Beverage Sponsors.

According to Wallace, more than 30 volunteers gave their time throughout the day to help with checking-in golfers, running on course games, and selling raffle tickets.

This day would not have been possible without the many individuals who donated their time to support our event,” said Wallace. “We had volunteers helping us from sunrise to sunset. Not only did they help with the physical tasks of running games and setting up tee signs, but they also added to the positive energy of the day by greeting each challenge with a smile. They were truly the driving force behind the tournament.

Wallace said the annual golf tournament is the United Way’s largest fundraising event of the year, and support from these local businesses and individuals helps to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Oswego County residents.

Last year alone, United Way partner agencies provided more than 150,000 meals and assisted over 13,800 people in accessing the tools they need to lead healthier and happier lives,” said Wallace. “We are thankful for all of the sponsors and teams that participated in our golf tournament because their support truly helps our mission of ending hunger, building successful youth, and ensuring wellness across Oswego County.”

To learn more about the United Way of Oswego County, or to view more pictures from the 24th annual Golf Tournament, follow the organization on Facebook by searching @OswegoUnitedWay.

Burritt Motors Sponsors Hole-In-One Contest

6/18/2019

Participants at the 24th annual United Way Golf Tournament will once again have the chance to drive away in a brand new vehicle thanks to a hole-in-one contest offered by major sponsor Burritt Motors. Above are United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace and President of Burritt Motors Rich Burritt. For more information about this year’s tournament, visit www.oswegounitedway.org or email rddunitedway@windstream.net

Oswego, NY – Golfers participating in the 24th annual United Way Golf Tournament will once again have the chance to drive away with a brand new vehicle thanks to major sponsorship from Burritt Motors.

We are so grateful that Burritt Motors has chosen to support our tournament by offering a hole-in-one contest,” said Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director. “Not only are they strong partners of the United Way, but the Burritt Motors team seems to constantly be active in the community. We consider ourselves lucky to have them as dedicated neighbors.

Along with the hole-in-one contest, Wallace said there will be additional on-course games, as well as 50/50 raffles and other prizes.

The United Way Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, July 8, at the Oswego Country Club with tee times at 8 am and 2 pm. Together with Burritt Motors, Wallace said National Grid, Novelis, and Exelon Generation’s Nine Mile Point and FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plants are returning as major event sponsors.

This is our largest fundraising event of the year, and it would not be possible without help from these community partners,” said Wallace.

In addition to many returning sponsors and teams, Wallace said there have also been quite a few new community champions stepping up to support the event.

We are very excited to welcome two teams from Vistra Energy to this year’s tournament,” said Wallace. “And we have also seen many new hole sponsors, including Canale Insurance & Accounting and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CNY Realty. Every sponsorship truly makes a difference, and we are grateful for all of the new and returning supporters we have in the community.

Team registrations and sponsorship information for the 24th annual United Way Golf Tournament can be found by visiting www.oswegounitedway.org or by emailing rddunitedway@windstream.net. Event news and updates are posted across the agency’s social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which can be found by searching @OswegoUnitedWay on each platform. 

United Way Golf Tournament in Full Swing

6/3/2019

Pictured above are members of the 2018 Burritt Motors golf team which took home first place in the afternoon flight of last year’s United Way Golf Tournament. This year, the event is set for Monday, July 8, at the Oswego Country Club, with tee times at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Teams and sponsors are still being accepted for the event. For more information, visit www.oswegounitedway.org or email rddunitedway@windstream.netFulton, NY – Planning is in full swing for the 24th Annual United Way Golf Tournament, set for Monday, July 8 at the Oswego Country Club.

The event will be organized the same as previous years, with four-person teams following the captain and crew format for tee times at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Both flights will have access to meals on arrival and snacks throughout the course, and all golfers will receive a full dinner prepared by the Country Club after their rounds.

We are also pleased to welcome back Eagle Beverage as an event sponsor,” said Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director. “Thanks to their generous beverage donation, along with sponsorship from Pepsi Co., none of our golfers will go thirsty.

Wallace said the United Way is also receiving continued support from Major Sponsors Exelon Generation, National Grid, Novelis, and Burritt Motors.

We are lucky to have so many sponsors and golf teams step up year after year to continue participating in this tournament,” said Wallace. “We rely on the community’s support to make this day a success and raise funds to support our 20 partner agencies that meet the changing needs of our county.

Along with longstanding partnerships, Wallace said the United Way has also received support from several new groups.

We are happy to have IBEW Local 43 joining us with a Corporate Team for the first time this year, and we have also had multiple new groups step up to sponsor hole signs, including Cayuga Community College, Lydall Performance Materials, and Housing Visions,” said Wallace. “It is very encouraging to see such a broad range of businesses give what they can to support our mission and help create a brighter future for our community.

Team registrations and sponsorship information can be found by visiting www.oswegounitedway.org or by emailing rddunitedway@windstream.net. Event news and updates are posted across the agency’s social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which can be found by searching @OswegoUnitedWay on each platform. 

United Way to recognize ‘Community Champions’ at Annual Meeting

2/27/2019

United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, center, welcomes Community Bank, N.A. as a sponsor of the United Way’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers. The event recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in helping to create a brighter future for Oswego County. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego. Tickets are available at http://www.oswegounitedway.org.Fulton, NY – With a small office of only three full-time employees, the United Way of Greater Oswego County relies on countless community volunteers to help meet the mission of ending hunger, building successful youth, and ensuring wellness across the county.

Throughout the year, volunteers offer their support in many ways, whether they contribute to the Annual Campaign through payroll deductions, attend special events such as the Stone Soup Luncheons, or simply share information about the United Way through their own networks. This assistance is vital to United Way operations, which is why the organization recognizes its many supporters through its annual Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Luncheon.

I am humbled by the amount of time and energy our volunteers put into supporting the United Way,” said Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director. “They act as an extension of our office, whether they are serving as a campaign coordinator at their workplace and teaching their coworkers about the United Way, or if they are hosting a unique fundraiser to support one of our in-kind donation drives. Our work would not be possible without these community champions.

Wallace said the Annual Meeting and volunteer recognition event brings together government officials, partnering nonprofit agencies, industry leaders, and Leadership Givers who are contributors that have given $500 or more and have become members of the United Way’s Admiral Society.

We will also be giving out five awards this year to recognize certain individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in supporting our mission,” said Wallace, adding the winners will be revealed via the United Way’s Facebook and Twitter accounts in the days leading up to the luncheon.

Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Community Bank, N.A., this year’s event will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego. The United Way’s Annual Meeting is open to the public. Tickets for the event are $15 per person and include a full lunch. Tickets can be purchased online at www.oswegounitedway.org or by emailing rddunitedway@windstream.net. For more information, call the United Way office at 315-593-1900. 

Photo Caption: United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, center, welcomes Community Bank, N.A. as a sponsor of the United Way’s Annual Meeting and Salute to Volunteers. The event recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond in helping to create a brighter future for Oswego County. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego. Tickets are available at http://www.oswegounitedway.org.

Novelis contributes nearly $100,000 to Annual United Way Campaign

2/21/2019

Novelis employees recently announced the total for this year’s company campaign to support the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign. The gift of $98,601 is an increase of more than $20,000 over last year’s contribution. Pictured from left, in front, are Judy Mathes, Kevin Shutt, United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, Novelis Campaign Coordinator Julie Becker, and Courtney Pachoud. Second row from left are Dick Delaney, Kaitlyn White, Ashley O’Bryan, and Marsha Cummins. In back from left are United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine and Kevin LawlessOswego, NY – Global leader in rolled aluminum products and major local employer Novelis has once again shown its commitment to strengthening the local community by contributing nearly $100,000 to the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign.

This year’s total gift of $98,601 is an increase of more than $20,000 over last year’s contribution, which Novelis representatives attribute to the dedication and creativity of the company’s United Way campaign coordinator and committee.

Throughout the campaign, employees are encouraged to give back through payroll deductions, participating in fundraisers, and giving time through volunteer opportunities. Novelis then matches 50 percent of the total contributions made to the local United Way, effectively turning each $1 into $1.50.

We are beyond grateful for the continued support of Novelis, and we are blown away by the increase in this year’s workplace campaign,” said United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace. “We know it took a lot of time and effort for employees to make this growth happen, and we could not be more thankful for their support.

Wallace said the 2018-2019 Novelis campaign showed growth in every area, from employee payroll deductions to funds raised through special event fundraisers.

Novelis really thought outside of the box this year, and I think their creativity in fundraising helped push their campaign over the top,” said Wallace.

Some of the Novelis fundraisers included raffling SU basketball tickets, bringing food trucks on-site that were willing to donate a percentage of their sales, and the 30 Day Giveaway, which gave participants a chance to win prizes every day through the month of November after purchasing a $30 ticket. Some of the high quality prizes included an Apple Watch, Yeti Cooler, Kitchen Aid Mixer, and much more.

We’re hoping to use these Novelis events as an example for other groups who are looking to host unique fundraisers,” said Wallace. While she praises the creativity of the special events, Wallace also explains the success of the Novelis campaign would not be possible without a team of supporters bringing awareness to the United Way on-site.

As a company, Novelis stresses giving back to the community,” she said. “We are lucky to have so many individuals who take that message to heart and give their time and energy to supporting our mission of enhancing lives throughout Oswego County.

Specifically, Wallace points to Dick Delaney from Novelis who is both an active United Way board member and chairperson of the Campaign Cabinet. Novelis also recognized Delaney’s dedication by awarding the United Way a $1,000 grant in his name, which becomes $1,500 with the Novelis Neighbor Match.

I was originally inspired to get involved with the United Way of Greater Oswego County because of the value Novelis places on being a community leader,” said Delaney. “Our commitment to continuous improvement in the workplace spills over into ensuring positive improvements in our communities, and I found the mission of the United Way aligned with that desire to enhance the lives of our neighbors.

Delaney first began representing the United Way at Novelis in 2004 when he took on the role of Co-Campaign Coordinator. It became his responsibility to explain the role of the local United Way and to encourage staff participation in giving to support the organization’s mission. During his first campaign, Delaney was able to grow employee participation in his department by 82 percent.

Since then, Delaney has remained active in promoting the United Way on-site and through the community, and says he is proud of Novelis’ continued commitment to supporting the Annual Campaign.

I believe we have a leading campaign that is driven by employees and support from management,” said Delaney. “Our campaign team offers people the time and resources to be creative and successful, and I look forward to supporting many future years of giving back through the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

We are thrilled by the success of this year’s Novelis campaign and hope to keep this positive momentum going,” said Wallace. “This support is what makes it possible to create positive change throughout our county.

To learn more about the work done by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, visit http://www.oswegounitedway.org or call the office at 315-593-1900. 

Photo Caption: Novelis employees recently announced the total for this year’s company campaign to support the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign. The gift of $98,601 is an increase of more than $20,000 over last year’s contribution. Pictured from left, in front, are Judy Mathes, Kevin Shutt, United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, Novelis Campaign Coordinator Julie Becker, and Courtney Pachoud. Second row from left are Dick Delaney, Kaitlyn White, Ashley O’Bryan, and Marsha Cummins. In back from left are United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine and Kevin Lawless.

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/