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MOVE 5K Kick-off Fundraiser set today at Office Tavern

OSWEGO, NY — The Kick Off Party for the second annual “MOVE 5K” will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 7, at the Office Tavern, 11 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Hosted by ‘I Heart Oswego’, the fundraiser will include food donated by The Office Tavern (a MOVE 5K sponsor), entertainment and raffles. There is no cost to attendees but donations will be accepted throughout the evening.

Music at the event will be provided by singer-songwriter Melissa Sieling of Oswego. Sieling’s musical talents include playing the piano, flute and guitar and she enjoys performing her music at local venues with other music lovers. She has been teaching adults and children of all ages and abilities for more than 20 years and her Pompey Hill studio is part of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Central NY Association of Music Teachers.

Those attending the event can participate in 50/50 raffles along with the opportunity to take a chance on a variety of items donarted by local businesses in support of, and to raise awareness of, the upcoming MOVE 5K and Move Along.

Founded in 2009 by Greg Callen, who is wheelchair bound himself, Move Along serves to provide accessible outlets for individuals with disabilities to achieve personal gratification, growth and integrity through participation and competition.

“The MOVE 5K is a joint fundraising event whose proceeds benefit Move Along Inc. and the SUNY Upstate Medical University Physical Therapy Club,” Callen said. “It includes a 5K certified trail run/walk around Green Lake and Round Lake and a wheelchair road race to raise funds and awareness for Move Along Inc. In addition to the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) running and wheelchair events, there is a shorter fun run for kids.”

There is still time for participants to register and awards will be provided to the top three males and females in each age division and to the top three overall male and female finishers in the run/walk.

Callen and the team at newly-formed ‘I Heart Oswego’ invite the community to come to the Office Tavern and support Move Along Inc. in its quest and the physical therapy students in their educational goals to help our society continue to move. Funds raised by the MOVE 5K will aid in starting a local hand cycling program for veterans and children.

For more information and to register, go to www.ezracereg.com and click on the MOVE 5K button under featured events. For more information on Move Along Inc., go to www.movealonginc.org