15th Anniversary Regatta and Walk-Run To Be Held June 7

OSWEGO, NY – This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice’s premier fundraising event.

The Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta and 5K Walk/Run for Hope raised nearly $27,000 in 2013 and in the past 14 years, has raised more than $275,000 to support Oswego County Hospice patients and their families.

On June 7, the event filled-day will recognize 25 years of Oswego County Hospice’s comprehensive, supportive services to patients and families at the end of life and throughout the grieving process.

Thousands of patients and families in Oswego County have been fortunate enough to receive this first-rate, compassionate care from Hospice’s team of nurses, social workers, bereavement coordinators, volunteers, nutritionists, pastoral/spiritual care, home health aides and physical/occupational therapists.

The Friends of Oswego County Hospice are also celebrating its 20th anniversary.

What started out in 1994 as a group of volunteers and grown into an employee and board driven not-for-profit organization that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Oswego County Hospice patients and families, the Hospice volunteer program and Camp Rainbow of Hope, a free bereavement program for children.

The regatta events kick off with the 5K Walk/Run for Hope, sponsored by Harbor Pharmacy. Anyone interested in participating can register at ezracereg.com. Registrations will also be accepted on race day. The Walk/Run for Hope is at 8:30 a.m., starting and finishing at the Wright’s Landing pavilion.

Sailing races on Lake Ontario get under way at 10 a.m. at the Oswego Yacht Club.

Major sponsors for this year are Exelon Generation, Entergy, PathFinder Bank, Kinney Drugs Foundation, NBT Bank, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and NRG.

“We are thrilled to have so much support for this event,” said Debbie Bishop, Friends of Oswego County Hospice executive director.  “As we recognize all the 2014 milestones, it’s important to know that so many individuals and businesses support the work of Oswego County Hospice.”

Capping off the regatta events is the “Hospice Harbor Feast” reception, sponsored by Eagle Beverage and Lighthouse Lanes. The reception, which starts at 4 p.m., features a variety of food and beverages all donated by local restaurants and businesses.

Entertainment is being provided by Karaoke/DJ with Patty C.

An auction, raffle and special anniversary recognition round out the events.

Tickets for the “Hospice Harbor Feast” are $15 and can be purchased at the Friends of Hospice office.

For more information on the 15th annual Oswego County Hospice Cup Regatta, the 5K Walk/Run for Hope or the “Hospice Harbor Feast,” call 343-5223 or check The Friends of Oswego County Hospice Facebook page for daily updates.