FULTON, NY – Chelsea Kimball, a young mother of three, is determined to help create a bright future for her hometown of Fulton and all of Oswego County.
While her husband is on active duty with the National Guard, Chelsea, along with her children has been busy volunteering to clean parks and other areas in the county. It’s her way to give back to the community and show her children the importance of caring for the community they live in.
“When school ended I created a list of things that I wanted to do with my children over their summer vacation. I know school teaches them the importance of studies and being a good student, however as their parent, I am obligated to teach them about life. One thing that I wanted them to realize is the importance of giving back to their community and making it a better place to live for everyone,” said Kimball.
To achieve that goal, Kimball and her children volunteered to help clean area parks, and planned to host an event to help those less fortunate.
Kimball, along with her friend Jennifer Beyrau, began planning to host an event for family and friends that would raise money for, and collect non-perishable food items for, those in need.
When her friend unexpectedly passed away due to medical issues, Kimball was more determined than ever to see the event through.
“I decided to make our event bigger and better than we imagined,” said Kimball. “I spoke with Ralph Stacey, candidate for 4th Ward Alderman and he suggested expanding the event and opening it up to all community members. As for who would benefit from the event, Mayor Ronald Woodward suggested that Catholic Charities of Oswego County does much for those less fortunate and would be an excellent benefactor.”
“Catholic Charities is an anchor in our city. They provide much needed services that benefit families not only in our city, but throughout Oswego County as well. We recognize the need for Catholic Charities services and appreciate their efforts,” said Mayor Woodward.
Kimball’s wish for an event to benefit her community will come true on September 20 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Fulton Elks Lodge #830, 57 Pierce Drive in Fulton.
The fundraiser will feature plenty of food and fun, live music from the band Hold the Air, drawings for themed baskets, a 50/50 drawing and more.
Those attending are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.
All money raised during the event, along with the food donations, will be donated to Catholic Charities of Oswego County.
“After meeting with executive director Mary-Margaret Pezzella-Pekow and community services supervisor Helen Hoefer and learning about the many programs and services that Catholic Charities provides for Oswego County I knew that supporting their efforts was a good thing to do,” said Kimball.
“Chelsea’s enthusiasm and love of her community is evident in the volunteer projects she has done to better the community she loves. We are thrilled that Chelsea recognizes the important role that Catholic Charities plays in Oswego County and chose to hold the fundraiser on our behalf. From our food pantry, thrift store, and CYO program to our other programs that serve families and youth of all ages, Catholic Charities does much to improve the quality of life in our community. We greatly appreciate Chelsea’s efforts and welcome community members to join us for an afternoon of fun for a good cause,” Pezzella-Pekow said.