OSWEGO, NY â€“ The team from Burritt Motors in Oswego was crowned champions of the first-ever Catholic Charities of Oswego County Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament.
Sponsored by Alliance Bank and Fulton Savings Bank, the tournament was held at Cheap Seats Sports Bar & Grill.
Eight teams competed in the tournament that served as a fundraiser to benefit two of Catholic Charitiesâ€™ most in-demand programs, the food pantry and CYO.
The programs provide food for those in need and recreational and educational activities for area youth.
The team from Cheap Seats finished in second place.
Other teams competing in the tournament included Hazzeyâ€™s, Novelis, Eagle Beverage, Little Mack and two teams from the Fulton Police Department.
In addition to the funds raised by the tournament, Lee Victory, owner of Cheap Seats, donated 20 % of all food and beverage sales during the event to Catholic Charities of Oswego County.
The Burritt Motors team donated half of its $200 first prize to Catholic Charities and Jim Hoefer, winner of $500 in the 50/50 drawing donated $100 back to Catholic Charities.
â€œIt was a great event,â€ said executive director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow. â€œI would like to thank Alliance Bank and Fulton Savings Bank for sponsoring the event, Lee Victory of Cheap Seats for hosting it, and especially the players who competed in the tournament as well as their friends and family members who came to cheer them on.â€
All proceeds from the event will be used to support Catholic Charitiesâ€™ food pantry, which served more than 15,000 people and provided more than 63,000 meals last year and the CYO, which offers a wide variety of recreational and educational programs for area youth including its popular mentoring program for elementary and high school students.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need throughout Oswego County regardless of their religious affiliation.
Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego Countyâ€™s programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.