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Scrabble Fest to Benefit Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County

OSWEGO, NY – In the game of Scrabble, the word literacy is worth 13 points. In real life, it’s priceless.

On Sept. 20, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County will hold its seventh annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest.

Committee members of the annual Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County Scrabble Fest meet to discuss plans for this year’s event. Seated from left are: Sarah Irland, Beth Kazel, Paula Hayden and Ricki Toppe. Standing from left: Sandy Wells, Mary Hitchcock, Betsy Copps and Meg Henderson. Absent from photo are committee members Jennifer Bragg, Peg Armstrong, Paula Baker, Susan Coultrap-McQuin and Diane Cooper Currier, OCO executive director.

Committee members of the annual Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County Scrabble Fest meet to discuss plans for this year’s event. Seated from left are: Sarah Irland, Beth Kazel, Paula Hayden and Ricki Toppe. Standing from left: Sandy Wells, Mary Hitchcock, Betsy Copps and Meg Henderson. Absent from photo are committee members Jennifer Bragg, Peg Armstrong, Paula Baker, Susan Coultrap-McQuin and Diane Cooper Currier, OCO executive director.

One of Oswego County’s most entertaining fundraisers, Scrabble Fest offers devotees of the game Scrabble the opportunity to enjoy an evening of friendly competition and more.

“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fundraiser,” said Meg Henderson, coordinator of OCO’s Literacy Volunteers Program.

“Scrabble Fest is also a way to raise awareness of LVOC and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County. Currently, approximately 15-17% of the adult population of Oswego County cannot read above the fifth grade level. The majority of LVOC students are between the ages of 19 and 59, with the fastest growing age group entering the program being between 18 and 29. It is an issue that needs to be addressed, as these individuals are unable to do what many of us take for granted such as reading newspapers, medication labels, recipes and most books. LVOC offers the opportunity for them to gain the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities and more,” explained Henderson.

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, LVOC provides confidential tutoring services at no cost to the student.

Tutoring includes basic literacy (reading and writing), English literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills, and some simple math and computer skills.

Scheduled for Sept. 20, Scrabble Fest will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., welcome is at 6:15 p.m. and games begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Teams of four will compete against each other in four 20-minute rounds.

Team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes.

To add to the fun of the event, there will be prizes for the team and individual who bring in the most pledges.

“Whether you’re playing, or just rooting on your favorite team, Scrabble Fest is a great opportunity to get your friends, family or co-workers together for an evening of fun for a very worthwhile cause that may have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s life,” added Henderson.

In addition to the Scrabble competition, Henderson said that there will be a silent auction featuring some great items donated by local merchants who support LVOC and a 50/50 drawing.

Entry fee for a team of 4 is $100 and includes light refreshments.

The cost for individuals wishing to attend but not compete in the event is $15 (this fee includes light refreshments).

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit LVOC.

For more information on LVOC or to register a team, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 315-342-8839 or visit www.lvoswego.org

OCO, Inc., is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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