MEXICO, NY – The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services has awarded a $200 mini-grant to the VOW Foundation for the first Oswego County Substance Awareness Family Education Fair.
The event is being planned for August 16 from noon – 5 p.m. at the Mexico VFW.
The grant is being used to rent a large tent for this event to house games and other outdoor activities.
This free event will have information for all ages as well as entertainment, raffles, music by DJ Dave Spence, karaoke by J&K Knopp, food, games and prizes.
Dinners will be provided by Carnivores BBQ and include a pulled pork sandwich, salt potatoes, coleslaw and bottled water for $10.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from VOW Foundation board members Teresa Woolson (315-402-6119), Karen Perwitz (315-256-3455), Sarah Gauger (315-592-1606) or Lisa LaPrate (315-396-4357) or email at [email protected]
A complete list of the sponsors and details of the event can be found at www.vow-foundation.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thevowfoundationinc
The VOW Foundation was formed in 2013, named in honor of Victor Orlando Woolson who had a fatal reaction to synthetic drugs.
This organization is dedicated to educate and advocate about synthetic drugs in Oswego County and New York State, according to Teresa Woolson, Victor’s mother.
In August 2013, Brian Colombo, owner of Xtreme Underground in Oswego, was charged with two misdemeanors and pleaded not guilty that September. The charges stem from the 2012 raid where Oswego Police were looking for misbranded drugs – synthetic drugs.
Teresa Woolson is suing Colombo and Xtreme Underground.
The store sold her son synthetic drugs before his death in 2012, she told Oswego County Today.
Victor O. Woolson, 19, drowned in Lake Ontario on Aug. 9, 2012, while swimming with a group of friends.Later that month, Oswego City Police raided Xtreme Underground on West Bridge Street.
His friends told her and the police that he’d purchased a synthetic drug, “Avalanche,” from the Xtreme Underground in Oswego, his mother said.
“He used the (synthetic marijuana) to get high just before he drowned,” she said. “The bust was just days after my son died.”
The case against Colombo has slowly been moving through the courts.
On Wednesday, a trial date was set for September 11.
The defendant will decide whether or not he wants a jury trial.
The family created the non-profit The Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation, Inc., to help fight against the spread of synthetic drugs.
For more information, visit: www.vow-foundation.org
To reach the Upstate New York Poison Center, call 1-800-222-1222.
To report synthetic drug abuse, sale, manufacturing, distribution or possession, call
1-888-99-SALTS (1-888-997-2587) – in case of an emergency, call 911.