Farnham Family Services Making Plans For Rock The Arts Event

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OSWEGO, NY – Plans are under way for Farnham Unplugged: Rock The Arts, a music and art benefit for Farnham Family Services to be held on Nov, 6 at 6 p.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The fundraising event will feature guest appearances by a variety of Central New York musicians including: Dave Wolever, Gypsy Red, Joanna (Nix) Jewett, N. Riley Heagerty, and special guest drummer John Bletch.

The emcee for the evening will be Tom Ciappa.

Additional musicians for the evening are also being confirmed.

In addition, a silent art auction showcasing donated artisan work from throughout the region will be available for bidding.

Pre-sale tickets are $25 per person, and $35 per person at the door.

Contact Farnham Family Services at (315) 342-4489 for ticket and event information.

Hors d’oeuvres will also be available throughout the evening.

The Farnham Unplugged event is a fundraising initiative for the Changing Lives Capital Appeal. The agency’s goal of $50,000 for 2008-09 will help provide direct funding for Farnham’s student assistance programs and youth development.

“We’re extremely excited about Farnham Unplugged: Rock The Arts,” said Jeanne Unger, executive director of the Oswego-based non-profit, chemical dependence outpatient substance abuse clinic, with prevention and school-based student assistance counseling services. “This is something new for Farnham Family Services – and spin off of our popular changing lives celebration held annually in November. Our original plans for this year’s event included #1 New York Times Best Selling Author David Sheff, but when we learned he had to cancel his commitment to our event we chose to take a new direction.”

“To be able to showcase these wonderful regional musicians in a type of MTV style unplugged venue, and then complement that with wonderful pieces of artwork from the area is going to be great,” Unger added.

Farnham Family Services’ annual fundraising events in the past have included authors Christopher Kennedy Lawford and William Cope Moyers, who spoke about their dependencies on drugs and/or alcohol.

Farnham also just recently held its inaugural Farnham Family Fun Night at the Oswego Speedway in August, which attracted an estimated 250 children and families.

According to Unger, Farnham Family Services is calling on individuals, businesses, and corporate partners, to help their non-profit organization continue to “change lives” in the Central New York community by considering a bequest in the way of a donation or by attending the annual event.

“Farnham Family Services has provided so much to the families of Oswego and surrounding counties throughout our history,” Unger said. “And we hope to continue that mission for many more years to come with the help of this community.”

Unger also encouraged Central New York artists to consider making an art donation for the event.

“It provides a great venue for artists to showcase their talents,” she said. “Often it is these types of events that provide great exposure and potential new opportunities for many artists.”

For more information on donating artwork, make a contribution, or to purchase tickets for the event, call 342-4489.

Donations or correspondence can be sent to Farnham Family Services, 283 W. Second St., Suite 200, Oswego, NY 13126.

Established in 1971, Farnham Family Services is a United Way agency that offers prevention services, school-based student assistance and treatment services to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties.

All services are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Farnham’s professionally certified staff is comprised of competent and skillful individuals who are continually updated with training through conferences and workshops.

Families or individuals interested in learning more about Farnham Family Services can call 342-4489 or visit www.farnhaminc.org