OSWEGO, NY ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ The roar of the Supermodifieds at Oswego Speedway was replaced over the weekend with the shouts of children having fun.
Farnham Family Services partnered with Oswego Speedway, Radio Disney, Red Planet Skate Park, and DoughertyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Rides and Inflatables of Syracuse to bring a night of family entertainment to the Port City.
The fundraiser, held in the pit area of the Speedway, included several inflatable rides, on-air radio personalities from Radio Disney, face painting, games for all ages, music, and much more.
“This is really a great event,” said Jeanne M. Unger, MS, executive director of Farnham. “It’s nice to see such a large turnout. It’s for everybody ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ it’s a real family event.”
“It’s an opportunity for people to get out and have some family fun and see what kinds of services Farnham has to offer,” added Fred Maxon, board member.
Robert Lee McCarthy II, said he had fun playing the games, but also enjoyed checking out the race cars on display.
“It was fun. But it was kind of hard getting out of it,” the youngster admitted.
Radio Disney held contests for the youngsters. And they had one for the parents, also.
The parents had to form a circle, holding hands and pace a Hula Hoop around the human chain. When the DJ stopped playing music, whoever had the hoop hanging on them was eliminated. The last person standing was the winner.
After the game, Meghan Bell decided to give the Hula Hoop a spin.
“It’s hard to keep it going,” she lamented.
Undaunted, she keep trying until she got the plastic hoop to revolve around her a couple of times.
The community event benefited Farnham Family ServicesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ $50,000 Campaign Appeal for 2008, and its student assistance programs.
Farnham Family Services is a non-profit drug and alcohol clinic.
Established in 1971, Farnham is a United Way agency that offers both prevention services to students in its school-based student assistance program, and treatment services in its clinic program to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties.
All services are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
For more information, call 342-4489.
Donations can be sent to Farnham Family Services, 283 W. Second St., Suite 200, Oswego, NY 13126.
Visit Farnham online at www.farnhaminc.org