FULTON, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ On April 10, Oswego County Opportunities will host its annual Bowl-A-Fun at Lakeview Lanes.
This exciting event offers an afternoon of bowling and fun for the whole family, while raising funds to help support the efforts of Oswego County Opportunities.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“These are challenging times for people financially,Ã¢â‚¬Â said executive director of OCO Diane Cooper-Currier. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re seeing an increased demand for our services. Events like our Bowl-A-Fun help the agency to continue much needed services in the wake of state and federal funding cuts. We have enjoyed tremendous support from the community for our past Bowl-A-Fun events and we are looking forward to another successful, fun-filled afternoon.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Funds from this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bowl-A-Fun will help boost the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s general fund, which provides financial support, as needed to the many programs that OCO offers.
In 2009, OCO provided crisis intervention, food, clothing, emergency shelter, housing, health care, job training, education, transportation and family support services to more than 24,000 people within Oswego County.
Funds raised through OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bowl-A-Fun will help:
Provide healthcare to uninsured individuals who otherwise could not afford to go to a doctor.
Provide positive recreational activities to at-risk young people in the Youth Drop-in Centers.
Purchase furniture for adults with developmental disabilities.
Provide field trips for day care and school age children.
Provide door-to-door transportation services for the elderly.
Provide 280 free, nutritious meals to 20 individuals in need throughout the year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I invite community members to join us for an afternoon of bowling and fun. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great way to show your concern and help those in need in our communities. Whether youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a gutter duster or a real pro, come out, enjoy an afternoon of fun and help us continue our mission of building partnerships that improve the quality of life and create successful communities,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Cooper-Currier.
The OCO Bowl-A-Fun will consist of two flights of bowling: noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m., and will feature a full afternoon of food, fun, door prizes, raffles and awards; including a new Team Spirit Award.
Planning committee member Christine Prevost said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Last year, several teams decided on their own to choose a theme, and dressed accordingly. This year we want to expand on that concept. Whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team shirts, hats, costumes, innovative accessories, or team signs, we want teams to really have fun this year and demonstrate their team spirit. We will be awarding prizes to the teams with the most team spirit in each flight.Ã¢â‚¬Â
OCO is currently accepting team registrations as well as sponsorships from businesses that would like to be a part of the event.
At a cost of $15 per bowler, plus a minimum of $35 in pledges, participants receive two games of bowling and shoe rental, as well as complimentary refreshments and entries into prize drawings that take place throughout the event.
For more information, or to register a team, contact Denise Russell at 598-4705.
For more information on OCO, visit www.oco.org