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Local Organizations Raise More Than $12,000 For Child Advocacy Center

OSWEGO, NY,  – On April 11, hundreds of SUNY Oswego students and community members filled Cheap Seats Sports Bar & Grill to attend the second annual For The Kids (#FTK2015) fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.

Organizers of the second annual For The Kids campaing present the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County Karrie Damm (right) with a check for $12,134. The campaign served as a fundraiser for the CAC and to raise awareness of the many services the agency provides for children who are vicitims of physical or sexual abuse and their families. From left are: Andrew Barton, Matt Marsall, Victoria Gailinas, Denvol Haye, Will Siembor, Melanie Proper and Stacy Austin-Root of the CAC, Eli Kim-Swallow, and Karrie Damm.
Organizers of the second annual For The Kids campaing present the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County Karrie Damm (right) with a check for $12,134. The campaign served as a fundraiser for the CAC and to raise awareness of the many services the agency provides for children who are vicitims of physical or sexual abuse and their families. From left are: Andrew Barton, Matt Marsall, Victoria Gailinas, Denvol Haye, Will Siembor, Melanie Proper and Stacy Austin-Root of the CAC, Eli Kim-Swallow, and Karrie Damm.

Hosted by Delta Kappa Kappa Inc., in collaboration with SUNY Oswego’s men’s ice hockey team, For the Kids was the conclusion of a semester-long campaign created by SUNY Oswego students Denvol Haye, member of DKK, and Eli Kim-Swallow, a forward on the hockey team, with a goal of raising $10,000 for the CAC.

For the Kids began at 3 p.m. and continued into the night. Similar to last year’s event, the fundraiser featured a chicken barbeque, both a silent and chinese auction, horse and carriage rides, outdoor games, and a live performance from “The Winslows” band. The event generated $4,700 for the campaign, nearly doubling last year’s event.

In addition to the event at Cheap Seats,  the campaign hosted an after event from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Alley Cats which raised $500.

The ‘For The Kids’ campaign also consisted of a children free skate hosted by hockey team in February, in the Marano Campus Center Ice Arena.

A “Bowl with the Lakers” fundraiser at Lighthouse Lanes, and a benefit at Cam’s Pizzeria were held in March.

In addition to all on site activities, the students created an online donation page at indiegogo.com that received nearly $2,000 in donations.

“We’re very pleased with the results of our ‘For the Kids’ campaign,” said Haye. “At first, I was skeptical about such an ambitious goal. However, it gave us something to continually work for thoughout the semester, and as we got closer to our goal that skeptism quickly turned to motivation.”

With more than $12,000 raised in support of the CAC, Swallow, who is now a senior at Oswego, added that they are looking forward to appointing younger members of their organizations to continue ‘For the Kids’ for years to come.

“It was encouraging to see the increase in support we received from not only our fellow students but from the community as well this year. This continual growth of our campaign and support group will help cement For The Kids within the community,” said Swallow.

Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, with a satellite office at 4822 Salina St., Pulaski, the CAC of Oswego County is a non-profit charitable organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, therapy providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve children that are victims of sexual and physical abuse.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, call 315-592-4453.