OSWEGO, NY – Members from the Delta Kappa Kappa fraternity, in partnership with SUNY Oswego’s men’s ice hockey team, invite community members of all ages to join them for the second annual For the Kids event, a fundraiser to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.
Hosted by Cheap Seats Sports Bar, 6 Hillside Ave., ‘For the Kids’ will be held April 11 beginning at 3 p.m.
The family friendly event will feature plenty of food, fun and games for the entire family including a Silent Auction and more.
The brainchild of SUNY Oswego students Denvol Haye, past president of DKK, and Eli Kim Swallow, a forward on the hockey team, For The Kids is back for its second year.
“We wanted to build on the success that we enjoyed last year. The support we received from the community was inspiring and gave us the impetus to grow the event and make it bigger and better,” said Haye.
According to Kim-Swallow, part of that process was to recruit more planning committee members and develop a campaign that would increase awareness of child abuse in Oswego County and the work of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.
“We have a lot of respect for what the CAC does. With April being National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month it’s a perfect time for us to hold our For The Kids event and raise some much-needed funds in support of the CAC and the many services it provides for children and their families who have suffered child abuse,” said Kim Swallow.
“Our vision is to make the For The Kids fundraiser for the CAC a legacy event that continues after Denvol and I graduate. To accomplish that we added underclassman from the hockey team and DKK that are pursuing similar majors and share our passion for helping children and our community. Joining us this year are Nick Rivat, Andrew Barton, Mackenzie Sawyer from the hockey team and DKK members Austin Berube, Will Siembor and Mathew Marshall. Mathew has put his graphic arts talents to work us as he created our logo, brochures and posters. Additionally we have developed a strong social media presence. We can be found on Facebook at For The Kids, as well as on Instagram @FORTHEKIDSOSWEGO and on Twitter @FTKOZ,” said Kim-Swallow.
Haye said that as part of this year’s fundraising campaign for the CAC, which culminates with the For The Kids event, he and the planning committee added a number of smaller events that were held throughout the year.
“We hosted a free skate for the community at the student center, a bowling with the Lakers fundraiser at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego, and a benefit night at Cam’s New York Pizzeria in Oswego. With the success of these events, combined with other donations we have received, we have raised approximately $4,000 and have already surpassed last year’s total. It has given us a great start as we work towards our goal of $10,000,” said Haye.
The two acknowledge that the success of these events would not be possible if not for the collaborations they have developed with area businesses.
“The business owners that have helped with sponsorship of these events have really gone above and beyond to help us. They do much more than just host the event; they work with us to ensure its success. Mike Wallace of Cheap Seats Sports Bar, Mike Howell of the Alley Cat, the Masters family at Cam’s New York Pizzeria, Lee Walker Jr. of The D-Bus, and the Hoefer family at Lighthouse Lanes have been more than gracious. Their support for our campaign and their interest in helping the Child Advocacy Center is greatly appreciated,” said Kim-Swallow.
For those interested, the For The Kids fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center at Cheap Seats will be followed by an after party hosted by the Alley Cat, 23 West Bridge Street in Oswego.
Admission fee to the after party and a portion of the sales will benefit the CAC.
For more formation on the For The Kids fundraiser for the CAC visit any of For The Kids social media outlets or contact at Haye at (516) 784-7045 or via email at [email protected]