Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – Dozens of community members and visitors filled the Clubhouse Tavern for the United Way’s sixth annual Harborfest Breakfast. Held Saturday, July 30 event raised more than $3,400 for the agency’s annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. Committee members and volunteers kept busy cooking and serving breakfast all morning as those eager to support Stuff-A-Bus gathered to enjoy breakfast and support a worthwhile project.
Partnering with more than 20 business and organizations, as well as school districts throughout Oswego County, United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign collects donations of school supplies for distribution to less fortunate students throughout Oswego County. “Each year Oswego County school districts experience an increase of students who do not have the means to purchase the supplies necessary to begin the school year. Our Stuff-A-Bus program looks to address that situation and provide as many children as possible with school supplies,” said Executive Director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler.
Planning committee chairperson, Dan Dorsey, of Eagle Beverage, was impressed with the support the event received from the community and praised the committee members and the many volunteers for make the breakfast possible. “The support we received from both community members and the many visitors who were in town for Harborfest was tremendous,” he said. “Thanks to the generosity of those who attended we raised more than $3,400 to benefit the annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign. The genuine concern that was expressed for our youth is a wonderful example of community helping community.”
“Of course the success of the United Way Harborfest Breakfast would not have been possible if not for the efforts of my fellow planning committee members who donated their time and talents and demonstrated their genuine concern for our community, United Way and our youth; Mary Lou and Butch Ferguson, Robert McGrath and Liz McGrath, John and Laurie Kelly, Jim and Meg Schneider and Patrick Barry. As well as Terry Spath, who has volunteered to cook at all of our six breakfasts. This event would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Wiltsie Construction.” said Dorsey.
Trexler added that the money raised at the breakfast would be used to purchase additional school supplies to supplement has been donated and what will be collected on Aug. 10 as the United Way will have eight buses throughout Oswego County where community members will be able donate school supplies. Buses will be at the following locations from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to accept donations of school supplies from pens and pencils to notebooks and backpacks.
Fulton Savings Bank parking lot, Route 57 in Phoenix
Hannibal Village Market IGA, Route 3 in Hannibal
Kinney Drugs at 3318 Main St. in Mexico
Kinney Drugs at 3873 Rome Road in Pulaski
Kinney Drugs at 17 S. First St. in Fulton
Wal-Mart on Route 49 in Central Square
Wal-Mart on Route 104 in Oswego
Wal-Mart on Route 3 in Granby
For more information on the Stuff-A-Bus campaign, contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.