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“Hog Wild Clam Jam” Raises Funds for Special Needs Children

Submitted by the ARC of Oswego County

On Saturday, September 11, the Fulton Moose Lodge 1280 on Rte. 57 will host “Hog Wild Clam Jam,” a pig roast and clambake benefit to support the ARC of Oswego Early Intervention program, which provides services to infants and toddlers with developmental concerns. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and include food (roast pork, clams, liver and onions, and side dishes), some beverages, games, music, and door prizes. Take-out will be available. A cash bar will be available and a 50/50 raffle will be held. Although Moose events are normally restricted to Moose members and guests, the Hog Wild Clam Jam is open to the public. ARC Early Intervention staff and Moose members will be selling tickets in the community between now and the event, or interested persons can call Corinne at 598-4859 or Sean at 751-6614.

The ARC of Oswego County Early Intervention program addresses developmental concerns in infants and toddlers with specialized therapies and games, provided by trained and experienced staff. By working with children one-on-one in their homes, staff can also teach families how to help their children learn things that most people take for granted, like social cues or swallowing properly. Research has shown that if a child with a developmental disability is reached with appropriate services before the age of 3, that child will need half the services over the course of their lifetime as a similar child who does not get those services. In recent years, changes in the way cases are referred and an increase in the number of EI providers in the County have threatened the sustainability of the ARC of Oswego County program.

The Loyal Order of Moose is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888, with nearly 800,000 men in roughly 1,800 Lodges, in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain and Bermuda. Moose Lodges conduct approximately $50 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations and volunteer hours worked) annually. Additionally, the Loyal Order of Moose conducts numerous sports and recreational programs, in local Lodges and Family Centers, in the majority of 44 State and Provincial Associations and on a fraternity-wide basis.

ARC of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization which has been providing programs and services to children and seniors with disabilities since 1955. Services include Early Intervention and evaluation services for infants and toddlers, guardianship assistance, recreational and respite activities, senior day habilitation programs, and more. Its mission is to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation. Its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., provides services to adults with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.