Fulton Lion’s Club Donates $500 To United Way’s Stone Soup

4/18/2017

Fulton Lion's Club Donates $500 To United Way’s Stone SoupFULTON, NY – The Fulton Lions Club recently donated $500 to the Stone Soup fundraiser for local food pantries, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Oswego County,  (UWGOC), it was announced by President David Guyer. “The Fulton Lions Club has contributed to this project for a number of years,” Guyer said. “It is of vital importance that we all pull together to support our local food pantries and the clients they serve.

This year’s event, held April 11, at Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton, had soup donated from Blue Moon Grill, Tavern on the Lock, Mimi’s Drive-In, and the Foursome Diner, said Ali McGrath, UWGOC resource development director. Other supporters were Davis Brothers, C’s Market, Red Baron, Springside at Seneca Hill, Kathy’s Cakes, Sweet Cindy’s Gluten Free Bakery, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Kinney Drugs.

All proceeds benefit food pantries at the Hannibal Resource Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and the Salvation Army.

The Fulton Lions Club, also known for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes, Lions Mane Event Comedy Night, and annual Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams, and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For more information, visit www.fultonlionsclub.com, or find them on Facebook under Fulton, NY Lions.

Photo Caption:  The Fulton Lions Club recently donated $500 to the Stone Soup fundraiser for local food pantries, sponsored by the United Way of Greater Oswego County,  (UWGOC), it was announced by President David Guyer. All proceeds benefit food pantries at the Hannibal Resource Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and the Salvation Army. Guyer, above, presents a check to Ali McGrath, UWGOC resource development director.  The Fulton Lions Club, also known for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes, Lions Mane Event Comedy Night, and annual Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams, and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For more information, visit www.fultonlionsclub.com, or find them on Facebook under Fulton, NY Lions.

United Way Brings ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon to Fulton

4/16/2107

United Way Brings ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon to FultonFulton, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County will hold its annual Stone Soup Too community luncheon April 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.   Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton, the United Way’s annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ luncheon helps to raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County and encouraging the community to help fill the shelves of local food pantries.

Thanks to the efforts we receive from our volunteers and committee members, and the support we receive from the community who return year after year to enjoy great food and fellowship, our Stone Soup Too luncheons have had a positive impact on food pantries in Oswego County.  I invite community members to come together with friends and enjoy a delicious lunch of ‘Stone Soup’ while helping support others in need,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.

To date a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary for the Stone Soup Luncheon.  Soups will be provided by: Mimi’s Drive-In, Blue Moon Grill, The Foursome Dinner, and Tavern on the Lock.  Completing the menu will be “Boxes of Joe” from Dunkin’ Donuts; salad fixings from C’s Farms & Davis Brothers; rolls and butter from Red Baron; water from Kinney’s Drugs; and desserts courtesy of Springside at Seneca Hill and Kathy’s Cakes.  An assortment of canned soups donated by Top’s Friendly Market will be displayed as centerpieces, and later donated with the rest of the nonperishable food items.

We are also welcoming Sweet Cindy’s Gluten Free Bakery to this year’s luncheon.  Located 55 West First St. South in Fulton, Cindy’s offers an assortment of fresh baked goods from breads and cookies to cinnamon rolls, and more.  Cindy’s is donating a basket of goodies that will be raffled off during the luncheon,” added McGrath.

The United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 11 at Holy Trinity Parish.  The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person.  Attendees are also encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items. 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.

It’s always a challenge for our food pantries to keep its shelves filled and meet the demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.  The food collected, and the money raised at our ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon will be greatly appreciated.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Helen Hoefer at Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services program at 315-598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900 or visit www.oswegounitedway.org 

Cut line for photo: United Way of Greater Oswego County Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (l) and United Way Intern Brittany Barna (r) meet with Cindy Swartwood (c) of Sweet Cindy’s Gluten Free Bakery in preparation for United Way’s “Stone Soup Too” Luncheon.  Cindy is donating a basket of homemade goodies that will be raffled off during the luncheon.  To be held April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton and United Way’s Stone Soup Too luncheon serves as a fundraiser for food pantries throughout Oswego County.

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).

United Way Welcomes Brittany Barna

2/13/2017

Brittany BarnaFulton, NY – Patrick Dewine, executive director of United Way of Greater Oswego County has announced that Brittany Barna will be serving an internship with the agency.

A native of Rochester, Barna is a junior at SUNY Oswego majoring in public relations while pursuing a minor in business administration.  At United Way Barna will be responsible for managing and updating the agency’s social media sites, tracking donations, and will work closely with United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath on the annual golf tournament, Stone Soup events, and the agency’s annual campaign.

“I’m excited about my internship at United Way,” said Barna.  “I’m really looking forward to those responsibilities as well as interacting with businesses and community members on behalf of United Way and developing new ideas that accentuate United Way’s strengths and make the agency even more successful.”

While Barna recognized United Way as a worldwide organization she was pleased to discover that Oswego County has its own United Way agency.  “It was a nice surprise.  United Way and the programs it supports are just amazing. The fact that low income families, individuals who are underinsured, and children who have suffered abuse or neglect can get help through these programs at little to no cost is just great.  United Way is working to pave the way for a greater future and a better way of life for these families. It strives to make Oswego County a better place to live by helping to make these programs and services available throughout the community,” said Barna.

“United Way’s impact areas of ending hunger, helping youth succeed, and building healthier communities truly resonates with me.  I’ve always found jobs that relate to helping people very rewarding. When I was a senior in high school, I did an internship with Unity Hospital.  I enjoyed meeting the patients and their families.  It was interesting hearing their stories and being able to make their day a little better.  United Way is all about helping the community and helping to alleviate the challenges that exist.  Helping others is why the opportunity to intern at United Way caught my attention,” said Barna.

McGrath said that she is happy to welcome Barna as part of the United Way team.  “Brittany’s eagerness to learn about Oswego County and gain an understanding of our communities and those that live here will serve her well during her time with us.  We are fortunate to add such a motivated and hard-working individual to our team,” said McGrath.

For more information on United Way of Greater Oswego County visit www.oswegounitedway.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield aides United Way Campaign

1/30/2017

Fulton, NY – Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine meets with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President Jim Reed to discuss the United Way’s Health and Well-Being impact area and the positive effect it has on programs such as the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County and Rural and Migrant Ministry’s Open Hands Health Clinic.  Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recently donated $3,500 to the United Way in support of health and well-being.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is proud to join other local organizations in sponsoring the United Way of Greater Oswego County,” said Reed. “As Central New York’s largest nonprofit health plan, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield believes in partnering 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.

We’re fortunate to count Excellus BlueCross BlueShield among our elite Admiral Society donors.  Their generous support helps make it possible for us to continue to achieve results for our three impact areas of ending hunger, helping children and youth succeed, and increasing the health and well-being of our communities,” added Dewine.

Novelis Wraps up United Way Campaign

1/30/2017

Oswego, NY – Year after year the Novelis workplace campaign, among others, plays a vital role in the success of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Annual Campaign.  Thanks to the generosity of Novelis employees that tradition continued as this year’s workplace campaign, combined with a donor match from Novelis corporate, raised $110,648 in support of United Way.

Coordinator for Novelis’ workplace campaign Julie Becker attributed the success of the workplace campaign to a combination of education and employee involvement in fun and unique fundraising events.  “This was my first year serving as campaign coordinator,” said Becker.  “It allowed me to become very familiar with United Way, the programs it helps support, and the tremendous impact those programs have on the overall health and well-being of Oswego County.  It was a real learning experience for me and I was able to share that education with my fellow employees.  With approximately 80% of our workforce residing in Oswego County it’s important to know that United Way funds benefit their family, friends, and neighbors right here in their own community.

According to Becker a number of fundraisers added an entertaining aspect to this year’s campaign.  “In early November we hosted an on-site ‘Polar Plunge’ fundraising event.  Big Kahuna Rentals in Mexico loaned us a dunking booth, free of charge, where members of the Novelis management team took turns taking a polar plunge for United Way.  In addition we held several drawings throughout the campaign for themed baskets created with some great items and gift cards that our employees collected from area businesses,” said Becker.

With the success of her initial campaign as coordinator, Becker is already looking forward to ways in which next year’s campaign may be even more successful.  “I would like to see us expand the length of our campaign and have the ability to host quarterly fundraisers and continuously remind our workforce of the importance of United Way,” said Becker.  “I enjoyed the opportunity to be able to visit every area of our plant and speaking with employees to educate them about United Way and its mission, which truly resonates with me.  As Continuous Improvement Specialist at Novelis my responsibility is to find out the cause of a problem and finding a way to solve it as opposed to putting a temporary patch on it.  That’s what United Way funded programs seek to do, solve the problem rather than just treat it.  United Way’s mission correlates nicely with mine and made it easy for me to share United Way’s mission and the impact it has on our community with my fellow employees.

Becker added that she is conducting a post-campaign survey to get feedback from employees regarding the campaign.  “It will be helpful to know what aspects of the campaign employees liked the best and discover if they have any suggestions that may help make next year’s campaign even more successful.  We have a great team here at Novelis that supports the community as much as we can.  We work here, we live here, and we earn here.  It’s very rewarding to be able to give back and help others right here in Oswego County.

The tremendous effort put forth by Becker, her fellow campaign committee members, and the generosity of Novelis employees and corporate is greatly appreciated by United Way’s local leadership.

We are fortunate to enjoy such a wonderful relationship with Novelis,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “Aside from our connection we have with the workplace campaign Novelis employees are very involved in the community.  We are seeing more and more Novelis employees volunteering and lending us a hand at different events we put on throughout the year.  Novelis employees are also learning about our member-agencies.   Whether it’s through our relationship, or Novelis’ relationship with that agency, their involvement and understanding of the importance of these programs is growing – and that creates positive impact in our community.  We can’t thank Novelis enough for this.

Cut line for photo: United Way of Greater Oswego County Executive Director Patrick Dewine recently received the results of the Novelis workplace campaign in support of United Way.  The Novelis campaign, combined with a donor match from Novelis corporate, totaled $110,648. From left in front are Julie Becker, Malcolm Gabriel, and Katy Brasser.  In the back row from left are Kaitlyn White, Mike Herron, Kevin Shutt, Tim Foster, and Patrick Dewine.

Lucky Winner

1/6/2017

Oswego, NYLucky Winner - Cheryl ArnoldCheryl Arnold was the winner of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s drawing for a ladies diamond ring.  Arnold purchased her ticket at the United Way Stone Soup Luncheon in November.  The drawing, which is part of the United Way’s Annual Campaign, raised more than $1700 and made Christmas extra special for the lucky winner.  The diamond ring was donated by DuFore’s Jewelry in Oswego.

Drinks & Dancing Fundraiser

12/14/2016

Drinks & Dancing FundraiserFulton, NY – Robert and Elizabeth McGrath, owners of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, lent their support to United Way of Greater Oswego County as they organized and hosted A Night of Drinks and Dancing, a special event to benefit the agency’s Community Fund, .  Held at the American Foundry in Oswego attendees danced to the sounds of Brass Inc., a party band featuring a 7 piece horn section, and enjoyed Hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the American Foundry.  The event raised much-needed funds to aid the 30 human services programs that United Way helps to sponsor and collected several boxes of food donations to benefit the Oswego City School District’s Blessings in a Backpack program.

“It was a great evening,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  “We are thankful for the support we receive from our small businesses and are grateful to Robert and Elizabeth McGrath for making this event possible, DuFore’s Jewelers for providing the entertainment, the American Foundry for providing the venue, and the many community members that joined us for a fun night that helped raised awareness of United Way and our mission of ending hunger, helping youth succeed and building healthier communities,” added McGrath.

Above from left are Elizabeth McGrath, Ali McGrath, Robert McGrath, Tom Ciappa of The American Foundry (foreground), United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, and Greg DuFore of DuFore’s Jewelers.