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Cheap Seats Serves Up Donation

Donation presented

Donation presented

OSWEGO, NY – Lee Victory, owner of Cheap Seats Sports Bar & Grille, presented Gail Cooper of Catholic Charities of Oswego with a check in the amount of $400 in support of the agency’s food pantry and CYO program.

Cheap Seats recently hosted Catholic Charities’ second annual Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament.

Victory donated a portion of the food and beverage sales during the two-day event.

Donor Supports Oswego YMCA

Recently, the Oswego YMCA recieved a donation from Navy Veteran Jim Harbison for $10,000.00 to support Oswego Y programs. Harbison, an Oswego native, is a Navy Veteran having served in WWII believes "helping your community is important and I just want to help where I can."  At the Oswego  Y, strengthening community is our cause~Mr. Harbison's generous donation helps the Y do just that.   Every day we work side by side with neighbors in our community to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  Pictured from left to right: Caitlin Reynolds, Oswego Y Aquatics Director, David Roman, Oswego Y Board Member, Jim Harbison, Deana Masuiccs Oswego Y Executive Director, Jackie Sheffield Oswego Y Membership and Financial Development Director

Recently, the Oswego YMCA recieved a donation from Navy Veteran Jim Harbison for $10,000.00 to support Oswego Y programs. Harbison, an Oswego native, is a Navy Veteran having served in WWII believes "helping your community is important and I just want to help where I can." At the Oswego Y, strengthening community is our cause~Mr. Harbison's generous donation helps the Y do just that. Every day we work side by side with neighbors in our community to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Pictured from left to right: Caitlin Reynolds, Oswego Y Aquatics Director, David Roman, Oswego Y Board Member, Jim Harbison, Deana Masuiccs Oswego Y Executive Director, Jackie Sheffield Oswego Y Membership and Financial Development Director

Community Member Makes Donation to Oswego Hospital in Memory of His Wife

Submitted by Oswego Health

In the photo from the left are Oswego Hospital Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Nancy Deavers, Myron E. Harbison and Oswego Health President and CEO Ann C. Gilpin.

In the photo from the left are Oswego Hospital Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Nancy Deavers, Myron E. Harbison and Oswego Health President and CEO Ann C. Gilpin.

Myron E. Harbison, an Oswego resident who is retired from the U.S. Navy, has made a significant donation to Oswego Hospital in memory of his wife, Mary A. Harbison.

“We greatly appreciate Mr. Harbison’s generous donation,” said Oswego Health President and CEO Ann C. Gilpin. “By making this donation, Mr. Harbison is ensuring the continuation of exceptional healthcare services and programs in his community.”

The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org

Generous Wal-Mart Donation Brightens Holiday For Oswego Schools

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Wal-Mart donated $3,500 to the Oswego City School District “Family Giving Program.”

Making the holidays brighter

Making the holidays brighter

Representatives from many of the schools attended the presentation ceremony.

Each school in the district will receive $500 toward  holiday projects.

From left are Oswego Middle School Home and School Co-President Amy Skinner, Fitzhugh Park Principal Donna Simmons, Fitzhugh chairperson Therese McAdams Fitzhugh H&S  President Amelia Loomis, Oswego Wal-Mart store manager Sue Palmer,  Oswego Middle School Co-President Deanna Brown,  Leighton H&S President Pamela Dowd, Kingsford Park Co-President Lisa Roman and Wal-Mart Community Coordinator Jill Allen.

Representatives from Charles E. Riley and Minetto Elementary were not available for the photo.

Donation In Memory Of Mother

Donation In Memory Of Mother
OSWEGO, NY – John Canale (second from left) has donated his mother’s bowling ball to the Oswego High School trophy case.

Catherine Liccardi Canale owned the ball and it brought many memories to her.

Mr. Canale thought it would be fitting to have it on display.

He presented the ball to OHS Principal Brian Hartwell, Athletic Department Secretary Bev DeLong and Athletic Director Scott Sugar.

OHS NHS Makes Generous Donation To Children’s Hospital

OHS students donate to Children’s Hospital.

OHS students donate to Children’s Hospital.

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School National Honor Society raised nearly $11,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Lisa Brady, an associate sirector for the fundraising arm of St. Jude’s, accepts the generous donation from NHS officers Rachel Clark (secretary), James Reynolds (vice-president), Libby Morley (president) and Sarah Skinner (treasurer).

Oswego County Sportsmen Groups and Local Business Donate Mower to DEC Region 7

Japanese barberry, one of the invasive plant species that will be dealt with using the mower donated to the state DEC.

Japanese barberry, one of the invasive plant species that will be dealt with using the mower donated to the state DEC.

A recent grant and a donation to the Oswego County Sportsmen’s Foundation have enabled the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to purchase a brush mower attachment that will help improve wildlife habitat in the region.

Entergy, the parent company of the James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, Oswego County, provided a $5,000 grant and the Salmon River Chapter of the National Turkey Federation, provided a $1,600 donation. Together these funds were used to purchase a “Brushcat” that will be used for combating both native and non-native invasive plant species and maintenance of early succession habitats on DEC wildlife management areas (WMAs).

The Brushcat initially will be used at Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to treat invasive plant species, such as honeysuckle, Japanese barberry and European buckthorn. In addition, the Brushcat will promote early successional habitat management along riparian zones, wetland margins, and upland areas, for coppicing purposes and for removal of native invasive plant species like red maple. Once work is completed at Deer Creek Marsh,the Brushcat will be deployed to other WMAs within Region 7.

The Oswego County Sportsmen’s Foundation, a newly formed non-profit, did an extensive amount of work to see this project completed. They were assisted by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. The Foundation looks to undertake additional projects in the future dealing with education and conservation and invite anyone interested in helping or having a need to contact them. Visit www.oswegocountysportsmensfoundation.com for more information.

Mike Putnam, DEC Region 7 Wildlife Biologist, said, “DEC truly appreciates all of the hard work of the Oswego County Sportsmen Foundation and the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, as well as the generosity of Entergy and the Salmon River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation which cumulatively resulted in the purchase of the Brushcat. The sportsmen who donated to this cause will enjoy the future ecological benefits that will come from the use of this equipment.

Jennifer Quezergue, Senior Analyst for Corporate Social Responsibility at Entergy, said, “I am glad you were able to attract additional funds to match the Entergy grant and redirect the project to achieve even greater long-term environmental benefits,” said.

For more information about Deer Creek Marsh or other WMAs in DEC’s Region 7, go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8279.html. DEC also encouraged outdoor enthusiasts to consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp, an optional stamp that helps support the DEC’s efforts to conserve habitat and increase public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation. Buying a $5 stamp is a way to help conserve New York’s fabulous wildlife heritage. More information about purchasing a Habitat Stamp is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/329.html Individuals can also enhance DEC’s fish and wildlife programs through “Return A Gift To Wildlife” – a voluntary contribution line on the state income tax form to provide every taxpayer with an easy, simple way to support fish and wildlife conservation. Any whole dollar amount may be contributed whether taxes are owed or a refund is due, and all contributions are tax-deductible on the following year’s return. For more information, go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/327.html on the DEC website.

St. Luke Health Services Staff Come Together To Support Food Bank Of Central New York

Pictured taking part in the St. Luke “Dress Down Day” in support of the Food Bank of Central New York, are event organizers (left to right) Michelle Smith, RN; Heather Mellen, Human Resources Coordinator and Elizabeth Nesbitt, RN, collecting canned food donations. For a donation, St. Luke staff was able to wear their favorite pair of blue jeans to work for the day, with all canned goods going to the Food Bank’s local affiliate the Human Concerns Center in Oswego.

Pictured taking part in the St. Luke “Dress Down Day” in support of the Food Bank of Central New York, are event organizers (left to right) Michelle Smith, RN; Heather Mellen, Human Resources Coordinator and Elizabeth Nesbitt, RN, collecting canned food donations. For a donation, St. Luke staff was able to wear their favorite pair of blue jeans to work for the day, with all canned goods going to the Food Bank’s local affiliate the Human Concerns Center in Oswego.

Staff at St. Luke Health Services held a canned food drive recently to benefit the Food Bank of Central New York and affiliate, the Human Concerns Center in Oswego.

For a donation of canned goods, St. Luke staff was able to “dress down” and wear their favorite pair of blue jeans to work for the day and support the Food Bank of Central New York’s local affiliate, The Human Concerns Center in Oswego.

“I am appreciative of the wonderful show of support by or staff on behalf of the Food Bank,” said Elizabeth Nesbitt, RN, one of the event organizers. “We felt that the Food Bank was an appropriate organization to support, particularly at this time of year.”

The donations will be made a part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEAP), which provides commodity foods, meats, vegetables and fruits to the Food Bank for food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that provide food assistance to those in need.

Oswego Salvation Army Receives $75,000 Donation For Their “I Believe” Campaign

<p>Oswego-native Myron “Jim” Harbison recently contributed $75,000 to the Oswego Salvation Army “I Believe” campaign in memory of his late wife. “I have been very fortunate throughout my life and wanted to do something in my wife’s memory,” Harbison said. “This is all for my wife, and I am very happy to help the Oswego Salvation Army and their mission.” Shown pictured at a recent check presentation are from left to right: Theresa Sugar-Scanlon, Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board Member; Mireille Watts, Mr. Harbison’s CPA; Barb Bateman, Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board President; Mr. Harbison; Captain Kenneth Hayes, Oswego Salvation Army; Vern Tryon, Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board Member; Captain Corinne Hayes, Oswego Salvation Army; and Paul Santore, Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board Member.</p>

Oswego-native Myron “Jim” Harbison recently contributed $75,000 to the Oswego Salvation Army “I Believe” campaign in memory of his late wife. “I have been very fortunate throughout my life and wanted to do something in my wife’s memory,” Harbison said. “This is all for my wife, and I am very happy to help the Oswego Salvation Army and their mission.” Shown pictured at a recent check presentation are from left to right: Theresa Sugar-Scanlon, Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board Member; Mireille Watts, Mr. Harbison’s CPA; Barb Bateman, Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board President; Mr. Harbison; Captain Kenneth Hayes, Oswego Salvation Army; Vern Tryon, Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board Member; Captain Corinne Hayes, Oswego Salvation Army; and Paul Santore, Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board Member.

One local resident has recently given back to the community in a big way to assist the Oswego Salvation Army Capital Campaign.

The donor, Myron “Jim” Harbison, is an Oswego native who simply wanted to find a way “to give back” to the community where he and his late wife, Mary, were born and raised. He recently contributed $75,000 to the Oswego Salvation Army “I Believe” campaign, moving the organization closer to completing the expansion of their new facility and improving their ability to serve the community.

“I have been very fortunate throughout my life and wanted to do something in my wife’s memory,” Harbison said. “This is all for my wife, and I am very happy to help the Oswego Salvation Army and their mission.”

Harbison served 25 years in the U.S. Navy and also worked 25 years in the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). During his time in the U.S. Navy, Harbison travelled the world, and while his work at ABC later kept him in Virginia, he and Mary always considered Oswego home. Upon his retirement, the couple moved back to Oswego.

Since returning, Jim has been very active in the Oswego community, especially at the Oswego Elks Lodge, where he volunteers in the kitchen and assists in any way that he can. He has also made several donations to not-for-profit causes, including the BPOE #271, Oswego YMCA, where his wife used to swim, American Red Cross, Oswego High School, and the Oswego County Humane Society.

“I always try to keep busy and give back when I can,” Harbison said. “It’s the least I can do and I’m very happy to help.”

Harbison’s ties to the Oswego Salvation Army actually began as an eight-year old, when the Army invited him to sing with them and “share the lord’s good news” or gospels on the street corners in Oswego.

Harbison’s donation to the Oswego Salvation Army will make a significant impact on the Army’s ability to serve the community at large. The funding will be used towards the construction of a needed kitchen and roof upgrade at the Army’s new building location on West Second Street. Ultimately, Harbison’s gift provides the Army with enough capital in the bank to move forward with a loan to cover the complete renovation.

“You can’t thank someone enough for a gift like this,” said Barbara Bateman, President of the Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Board. “Mr. Harbison is a very generous man and his donation means so much to the Salvation Army and all of the community members it serves.”

Due to the inadequate space at its existing facility, the Army has been using the kitchen and dining room area at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Oswego since January to run its breakfast and lunch program. The Army serves more than 2,500 meals every month, and requires an expanded kitchen facility in order to provide for community members in need.

Harbison’s generosity towards the Army’s mission does not end with his significant donation to the capital campaign, however. As the Army continues to raise funding for its new kitchen, St. Mary’s has promised to offer the use of its facilities until renovations are complete. Upon hearing that it costs the congregation no more than heating and electricity rates to assist the Army, Harbison even made a donation to St. Mary’s to cover the associated costs.

“Mr. Harbison is an extraordinary man and his generosity to the local community is heartfelt and comprehensive,” said Mireille L. Watts, Harbison’s Certified Public Accountant. “His financial contributions and volunteerism will not be forgotten in the Oswego community.”

In fact, Harbison’s donation to the Oswego Salvation Army will include naming rights at the new facility on West Second Street. While the details of the naming opportunity have yet to be determined, the Harbison name will forever appear on or within the building that his generosity helped construct.

Harbison’s donation comes at the half-way point of the Army’s $1.5 million “I Believe” campaign, which is scheduled to run through July 2010. According to Jeff Wallace, a representative of Step One Strategic Giving, an Oswego-based company that specializes in fund development and capital campaigns, and the sister company to marketing firm Step One Creative, Harbison’s $75,000 donation brings campaign contributions to just over the $500,000 mark.

“Mr. Harbison’s direct donation is a tremendous influx into the campaign,” Wallace said. “We are very honored to receive such a significant gift from a single individual in our community. The Army is working hard to be able to expand and upgrade their new facility, and it is the central focus of the campaign.  When the required space is renovated, it will be able to better serve those in need of vital services.”

The Oswego Salvation Army is part of the International Salvation Army organization, which is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. The local citadel provides food, education, services and spiritual support to the local community.

For more information on the “I Believe” campaign or to make a contribution please call (315) 216-4161.

Anyone interested in information about programs or serving as a volunteer at the Oswego Salvation Army can please call (315) 343-6491.

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