United Way Diamond Ring Raffle Winner

1/12/2018

Oswego, NYLucky Winner.  Gil Oldenburg (c) is the winner of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s drawing for a ladies diamond ring. Donated by DuFore’s Jewelry in Oswego, the 14k white gold ring has a total carat weight of .55 and features a brilliant cut diamond with baguettes. The drawing raised more than $1700 in support of the United Way’s Annual Campaign. Presenting the ring are Mark DuFore (l) and Greg DuFore (r).

Oswego Health Food Drive Benefits United Way

12/28/2017

Oswego Health Food Drive Benefits United WayOswego, NY – Marion Ciciarelli, senior director of Communications for Oswego Health (c) presents United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (l) and Campaign Associate Kay Duguay (r) with a food donation from Oswego Health.  “We hold a food drive each year for the United Way food pantries,” said Ciciarelli. “Our employees have always been very generous in giving back to their community.” Employees at the Oswego Hospital, Fulton Medical Center, and The Manor at Seneca Hill all contributed. The United Way will distribute the food to local food pantries. In addition to the United Way donation, employees at Oswego Health’s Central Square Medical Center collected food for its local food pantry at St. Bernadette’s Church.

SUNY Oswego Supports United Way

12/21/2017

SUNY Oswego Supports United WayOswego, NY – Representatives from the United Way of Greater Oswego County, and Human Concerns met with members of the SUNY Oswego SEFA United Way Campaign Committee and the SUNY Oswego Men’s and Women’s Lakers ice hockey teams to accept several boxes filled with non-perishable food items and toys. The items were collected the first weekend of December at both Men’s and Women’s hockey games.

We extend our sincerest thanks to everyone that donated food and toys,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. “SEFA continues to be a strong supporter of United Way. The commitment that SEFA members have to United Way and their community is commendable. It’s wonderful that our partnership with SUNY Oswego can help make the holiday season more enjoyable for families in our community.

Seated in front from left are United Way Campaign Associate Kay Dugauy, Ali McGrath, Mary Kay Donovan with Human Concerns, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.

SUNY Oswego Supports United Way

12/14/2017

SUNY Oswego Supports United WayOswego, NY –  Representatives from the United Way of Greater Oswego County, and Human Concerns met with members of the SUNY Oswego SEFA United Way Campaign Committee and the SUNY Oswego Men’s and Women’s Lakers ice hockey teams to accept several boxes filled with non-perishable food items and toys. The items were collected the first weekend of December at both Men’s and Women’s hockey games.

“We extend our sincerest thanks to everyone that donated food and toys,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.  Seated in front from left are United Way Campaign Associate Kay Dugauy, Ali McGrath, Mary Kay Donovan with Human Concerns, and United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield aides United Way Campaign

11/29/2017

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield aides United Way CampaignFulton, NY – Executive Director of United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine (l) meets with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Regional President Jim Reed (r) to discuss the United Way’s Health and Well-Being impact area and the positive effect it has on programs such as the YMCA Oswego Adult Senior Programs and Aurora of CNY Social Work Services for Individuals with Vision/Hearing Loss. 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 area organizations in sponsoring 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.”

“Excellus BlueCross BlueShield continues to be among our elite Admiral Society donors, added Dewine.  “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.”

Paint N’ Sip Evening to Benefit United Way

11/27/2017

Paint N’ Sip Evening to Benefit United WayFulton, NY – Ready for a creative evening with friends? United Way of Greater Oswego County invites you to its Paint N’ Sip event on November 30. Hosted by Home 2 Suites by Hilton ®, 252 NYS Route 104 in Oswego, the event will begin at 6:00 pm.

It’s going to be a fun evening for a great cause,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.   “I’m pleased that Home 2 Suites by Hilton ® chose to host our Paint N’ Sip evening. Creating new partnerships and welcoming new businesses is all part of Living United.

Attendees are welcome to bring a beverage of their choice to enjoy while they receive step by step instructions as they create their own artwork. All paint and materials will be provided as well as appetizers courtesy of Lighthouse Lanes. Registration is $40 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting United Way’s Annual Campaign.

To register for United Way’s Paint N’ Sip email oswegounitedway@windstream.net or call 315-593-1900 ext. 202.

Cut line for photo: United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath (l) meets with Director of Sales Stacey Philips and General Manager Ian Wilson of Home 2 Suites by Hilton®, 252 NYS Route 104, in Oswego in preparation for OCO’s upcoming Paint N’ Sip fundraiser to be held November 30 beginning at 6:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit OCO Nutrition Services meal programs.  To register call your United Way office at 315-593-1900 ext. 202 or e-mail oswegounitedway@windstream.net.

DuFore’s Jewelers Supports the United Way

11/27/2017

DuFore’s Jewelers Supports the United WayOswego, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County and DuFore’s Jewelers will be making one lucky person’s Christmas extra special this year.

DuFore’s Jewelers has donated a ladies diamond ring that will be used for a drawing in support of the United Way’s Annual Campaign.  The 14k white gold ring features a brilliant cut diamond with baguettes and has a .55 total carat weight. The diamond ring is currently on display at DuFore’s Jewelers, 94 West 2nd Street in Oswego.

We appreciate DuFore’s support of our campaign with this very generous donation,” said United Way Resource Development Director, Ali McGrath.  “The support United Way receives from our small businesses is inspiring.  Community minded businesses such as DuFore’s Jewelers play an important part in allowing us to have a positive effect on our three impact areas: ending hunger, helping youth succeed, and building healthier communities.”

Tickets for the ladies diamond ring drawing are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and are available at DuFore’s Jewelers, 94 West Second Street in Oswego, the United Way office inside the Community Bank building, 1 South First Street in Fulton, and from United Way staff and board members.  The drawing will be held at DuFore’s Jewelers at 11:00 a.m. on December 23.  Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Greater Oswego County Annual Campaign.

Cut line for photo:  The Perfect Gift.  United Way of Greater Oswego County Resource Development Director Ali McGrath displays the 14k white gold diamond ring donated by Dufore’s Jewelers in Oswego. The brilliant cut diamond with baguettes has a total carat weight of .55. The ring will be given away through a drawing in support the United Way’s Annual Campaign.  Tickets are available at DuFore’s Jewelers, 94 West Second Street in Oswego, the United Way office in the Community Bank building, 1 South First Street in Fulton, and from United Way staff and board members. The diamond ring will be on display at DuFore’s Jewelers throughout the holiday season.  Pictured from left are United Way Executive Director Patrick Dewine, Mark DuFore, Ali McGrath, and Greg DuFore.

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Welcomes Great Results

11/13/2017

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon Welcomes Great ResultsFulton, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County recently welcomed community members to its Stone Soup Luncheon. Hosted by St. Joseph’s Parish in Oswego the annual event serves as a fundraiser for local food pantries and helps to raise awareness of hunger in Oswego County.

According to United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath the Luncheon was a great success. “The money we raised and the many boxes of food items we collected will go a long way in replenishing the shelves in our local food pantries,” said McGrath. “I wish to thank the community members who attended, and our many volunteers, including employees from Novelis and Fulton Savings Bank, for making the event a success, as well as our many caring sponsors who donated the food for our luncheon: Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant, Oswego Country Club, The American Foundry, and The Press Box for providing our soups; C’s Farms for our salad fixings; Davis Brothers for the salad dressing; Kinney Drugs who provided bottled water; Bosco’s provided the rolls; Giovanni Foods for cases of canned sauce; Dunkin’ Donuts for the coffee, and Cakes Galore for donating our desserts.

I would also like to thank the Oswego Lions Club for its generous donation of $1,000 for our food pantries and St. Joseph’s Parish for hosting the event,” added McGrath.

All proceeds from the Stone Soup Luncheon, as well as the food that was collected are donated to local food pantries at the Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and the Salvation Army of Oswego County.

Cut line for photo: United Way Campaign Assistant Kay Dugauy (l) and Executive Director Patrick Dewine (back row second from left) joined volunteers from Novelis and Fulton Savings Bank in preparing and serving dozens of community members at the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon. Held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Oswego the event served as a fundraiser for local food pantries. All proceeds from the event, as well as the many boxes of food collected, will help the pantries’ fill its shelves for the holiday season.

United Way’s Chicken BBQ / Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser a Success

10/20/2017

United Way’s Chicken BBQ / Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser a SuccessOswego, NY –United Way of Greater Oswego County Campaign Assistant Kay Duguay (r) poses with some of the volunteers that helped make the United Way’s Chicken BBQ / Chili Cook-Off fundraiser a success.

Hosted by Woodchuck Saloon in Oswego the event raised more than $1,170 in support of United Way’s Annual Campaign.

We are grateful to Becky Walpole of Woodchuck Saloon for hosting the event, cooking the chickens and preparing the dinners, and our board members that brought their homemade chili for the cook-off,” said Duguay. “We served 200 chicken dinners and it would not have been possible without the tremendous support we received from our valued volunteers and the many community members that graciously chose to support this event. Thank you to everyone involved!

From left are Catherine Clancy, MaryLu Ferguson, Theresa Cooper, and Kay Duguay

SUNY Walk-A-Thon Supports United Way Campaign

10/12/2017

SUNY Walk-A-Thon Supports United Way CampaignOswego, NY – Members of VEGA, SUNY Oswego’s Junior and Senior Women’s Honors Society, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) recently sponsored the 26th annual Walk-A-Thon “Oswego Walks United” on the SUNY Oswego campus.

The event raised more than $500 in support of the many human services programs offered through United Way funded agencies.  “The care and concern that students and staff of SUNY Oswego show for their community is inspiring.  We grateful to the members of SEFA, VEGA, PRSSA, for organizing the ‘Oswego Walks United’ and to everyone that participated,” said Resource Development Director Ali McGrath.

For information on the United Way of Greater Oswego County visit www.oswegounitedway.org.