Catholic Charities ‘Great Tastings’ May 3 Fundraiser Features NYS Wines, Craft Beers, Sweet and Savory Foods

Catholic Charities of Oswego County will host “Great Tastings” on May 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Ontario Conference Center, Oswego, said Mary Margaret Pezzella-Pekow, CCOC executive director.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County will host “Great Tastings,” on May 3.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County will host “Great Tastings,” on May 3.

“For the price of a ticket, guests receive a complimentary wine glass and can sample offerings from NY wineries that include Colloca Estates, Owera Vineyards, and Thousand Islands Winery,” Pezzela-Pekow said. “Eagle Beverage will have samples of a variety of local craft beers, wines from Venditti Vineyards, and locally produced 21 Tequila.”

There will also be a wide variety of foods to sample.

Among these are Man In The Moon Candies, Taste The World Coffee and more.

There will also be a 50-50 drawing, a silent auction, and multiple gift raffles from food and wine representatives. Among these to-date are: $500 DJ package from Mystic Music, a $50 gift certificate from Owera Vineyards, gift baskets from Dunkin Donuts and Kathy’s Cakes, a $50 gift certificate from The Press Box, and gift cards from Hair We Are, rivers end bookstore, Behling’s Orchards, and others.

All funds raised will benefit CCOC’s Community Services including the Catholic Youth Organization, the Food Pantry, and Emergency Services.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Catholic Charities office, 365 W. First St., Fulton, or from any CCOC board member: Stephen Frawley, Frances Lanigan, Paul Foster, James Mirabito, David Dano, Rev. Moritz Fuchs, Stephanie Davis, Sean Broderick, Richard Farfaglia, Steve Chirello, Mark Slosek, Evelyn Livoti, Karen Perwitz, Patricia Mancino and Kelly Weston.

“For many years, the CYO was synonymous with basketball. You may have even played on a CYO team yourself,” Pezzella-Pekow said. “Yes, the kids still play basketball but the CYO is much more than that today. Catholic Charities’ CYO Program provides a safe, well supervised, friendly, non-threatening environment where youth have the opportunity to improve their decision making and social skills, establish new friendships, interact with positive adult role models and so much more. Last year, 667 unique kids were served through the CYO.”

Many individuals and families turn to Catholic Charities Emergency Services to meet their basic needs. The program provides assistance with medical costs, utility payments, diapers and formula, clothing and personal hygiene items as well as furniture and household items.

The food pantry is busy year-around, not just during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Every dollar that’s raised helps so many in need in Oswego County.

For more information, go to, visit the event Facebook Page, “Great Tastings,” or call Pezzella-Pekow at (315) 598-3980.

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