Local Businesses Give Thanks, Give Back

United Way Resource Development Director Stacey Morse, left, recently met with Kieran Henrie, a manager of Fajita Grill in Oswego, NY, to thank him for participating again this year in the Giving Thanks, Giving Back fundraiser. On Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, seven local businesses each donated a percentage of sales to support the United Way of Greater Oswego County. GJP Italian Eatery, Barado’s on the Water, Gibby’s Irish Pub, Bombadil’s Tavern, Phoenix Sports Restaurant and both the Fulton and Oswego Fajita Grill locations collectively raised more than $1,000 to support positive change throughout Oswego County. Fulton, NY –Seven local businesses recently took part in a countywide Giving Thanks, Giving Back initiative by donating a percentage of their sales from Nov. 27 to the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Barado’s on the Water in Central Square, GJP Italian Eatery in Oswego, Gibby’s Irish Pub in Oswego, Fajita Grill locations in both Fulton and Oswego, Phoenix Sports Restaurant in Phoenix, and Bombadil’s Tavern in Phoenix collectively raised more than $1,000 to support the United Way’s mission of ending hunger, supporting children and youth, and ensuring wellness across Oswego County.

Stacey Morse, United Way resource development director, said they were thrilled with the level of participation seen during the second year of Giving Thanks, Giving Back.Barado’s on the Water was one of seven local businesses that participated in Giving Thanks, Giving Back – a countywide fundraiser supporting the United Way of Greater Oswego County. Pictured above, Cheryl Barsom, General Manager and Ericka Burns, employee at Barado’s on the Water presents United Way Resource Development Director Stacey Morse with a check for a percentage of sales from Nov. 27. In total, the participating businesses raised more than $1,000 to support the United Way’s mission of ending hunger, supporting children and youth, and ensuring wellness across the county.

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

According to Morse, the United Way hopes to expand Giving Thanks, Giving Back and make it an 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 is intentional,” said Morse. “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.

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