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September 25, 2018

Cayuga Community College Supports United Way


FULTON, NY – Members of the Cayuga Community College Criminal Justice Society recently held a chili cook-off and food sales event to benefit the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Staff members and students in the Cayuga Community College Criminal Justice Society recently held a chili cook-off and food sales event as a fundraiser for the United Way. Presenting the proceeds from the event are from left: CJ society advisor, John Lamphere; CJ society member, Brian Clowes; United Way resource development director, Lois Luber; CJ society member, Jeremy Pekarek; Fulton campus director, Sue Witmer; and CJ society member, Brett Konu.

Staff members and students in the Cayuga Community College Criminal Justice Society recently held a chili cook-off and food sales event as a fundraiser for the United Way. Presenting the proceeds from the event are from left: CJ society advisor, John Lamphere; CJ society member, Brian Clowes; United Way resource development director, Lois Luber; CJ society member, Jeremy Pekarek; Fulton campus director, Sue Witmer; and CJ society member, Brett Konu.

John Lamphere, who teaches Criminal Justice and American History at Cayuga Community College, said that the idea for the event came from the members of the Criminal Justice Society.

“Faculty staff members volunteered their time and materials to this cause,” explained Lamphere. “We made several pots of chili along with pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and some specialty dishes. We sold every bit of it to our students at the Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and raised more than $800. We are also planning a golf tournament in June to raise some additional money for the United Way.  This is a new addition to our fundraising events, so while we are keeping it rather simple this year, we are hoping to grow the event in the future.”

“As the club advisor, I am very proud of this group. They worked hard and I feel demonstrated a fantastic commitment to the college. The students – and not just those limited to my club – are class leaders and show to the college and the community just what type of responsible adults they will be,” he added.

Lamphere also praised the students and the staff for their continued support such a worthy organization as the United Way.

“Cayuga Community College is a dedicated sponsor of the United Way and we decided several years ago to follow the lead of the college and do the same. We enjoy doing these fundraisers for the United Way and look forward to continuing the tradition in the future. Supporting the United Way is a great cause as the agency reaches out to multiple needs within Oswego County. The United Way has identified those who are in real need for community funds. Simply put, we are happy to donate the money to the United Way and let their organization distribute it where it is needed the most,” he said.

Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, was appreciative of the donation and the effort that the staff and students of Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Campus put into this event.

“It’s nice to see that so many students and faculty share this much enthusiasm for their United Way and are dedicated to helping us continue our mission of helping to improve the quality of life in Oswego County. We are very appreciative of their support and are looking forward to their next fundraising event for the United Way,” she said.

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