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OCO Is ‘On A Roll!’

FULTON, NY – In 2011 Oswego County Opportunities will celebrate its 45th anniversary.

As part of that celebration OCO has begun promoting its 2011 fund-raising campaign, “OCO On A Roll.”

The honorary head pin for OCO’s Annual Bowl-a-Fun, “The Pink Guardian Angel,” visited OCO’S Senior Dining & Activity site in the Fulton Municipal Building. From left are:  volunteer Meals On Wheels driver Kim Todd; Chris Sturgis, consumer; and Chris Parks, volunteer coordinator for OCO’s Senior Nutrition Services.
The honorary head pin for OCO’s Annual Bowl-a-Fun, “The Pink Guardian Angel,” visited OCO’S Senior Dining & Activity site in the Fulton Municipal Building. From left are: volunteer Meals On Wheels driver Kim Todd; Chris Sturgis, consumer; and Chris Parks, volunteer coordinator for OCO’s Senior Nutrition Services.

Several activities have been planned for the year, including the popular Bowl-A-Fun and Golden Opportunities raffle – both taking place on April 2.

The first stage of the campaign, “Change for Change,” ended in January when several creatively decorated bowling pin banks returned to OCO from holiday visits to businesses all over Oswego County.

One of those bowling pins was chosen by popular vote to serve as OCO’s “Head Pin” mascot for 2011: The Pink Guardian Angel Pin submitted by the Cancer Services Program Partnership.

Designed by program coordinator Carolyn Handville and her daughter, Cheyanne, it was a creative salute to a past OCO employee Nancy St. Onge who lost her own battle with breast cancer in October of last year.

After her diagnosis, Nancy became a strong advocate for the CSPP and the need for cancer screenings.

The “Head Pin” will be making weekly visits to OCO sites now through the end of March to spotlight the diversity of programs and services available throughout the county.

The first stop took place at the Fulton Senior Dining and Activity Center.

Located in the Fulton Municipal Building on South First Street, OCO’s Senior Dining and Activity Center offers social activities and a hot, nutritious lunch for adults age 60 and above in the greater Fulton area Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We are excited about our ‘OCO On A Roll’ campaign and having our ‘Head Pin’ make weekly visits to our many sites to help raise awareness of our annual Bowl-A-Fun, OCO On A Roll, Striking Back Against Poverty, which will be held April 2 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton,” said OCO executive director Diane Cooper-Currier.

“Our ‘OCO On A Roll’ campaign is aptly named as OCO is on a roll helping people, supporting communities and changing lives in Oswego County. OCO provides a wide array of services ranging from prenatal care, to counseling for teens to delivering meals to home-bound seniors. We serve more than 28,000 consumers each year, and our more than 660 employees and 1,200 volunteers are devoted to helping lift people out of poverty. We truly appreciate the support we receive from community members and are happy to ensure them that their donations to OCO stay right here to help people in our community,” added Cooper-Currier.