OCO Recognizes 2012 Bowl O’Gold Sponsors

Fulton – Oswego County Opportunities would like to take this opportunity to recognize the businesses that have provided financial support for the agency’s fund raiser, the OCO Bowl O’Gold.

Building Dreams Sponsors ($1,000 and up): NRG Energy, Empower Federal Credit Union, and National Grid.

Changing Lives Sponsors ($500 and up): AXA Advisors, Bailey Haskell & LaLonde, Eastern Shore Associates Insurance, First Niagara, Green & Seifter Certified Public Accountants PLLC, Key Bank, MEC Electric Inc., PathFinder Bank, POMCO Group Inc., Relph Benefit Advisors, and Sutton Real Estate Company LLC.

Improving Communities Sponsors ($100 and up): Foster Funeral Home, Fulton Noon Rotary, Fulton Sunrise Rotary, Fulton Savings Bank, Kane Consulting, LLC, Met Life Financial Services, The House Works, Twinstate, Valley Locksmith, Wayne Drug Store and Windstream.

Helping People Sponsors (up to $100): Gregg’s Stump Removal, Jennifer Hall & Friends, and Chuck and Betsy Copps.

“We truly appreciate the generous support from our business community,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director. “Oswego County is fortunate to have so many companies that value OCO’s mission: Building partnerships that strengthen our communities and improve the quality of life for all.”

Oswego County Opportunities is the county’s Community Action Agency. It was created in the mid-1960s as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. That purpose continues today; nearly 30,000 county residents benefit in some way from OCO’s more than 50 programs and services ranging from prenatal care to after school programs, from feeding hungry seniors to providing an accessible and affordable transportation network, from providing homes for developmentally disabled adults to helping people develop job skills – and so much more.

“We also want to thank the businesses and individuals who donated more than 75 items valued at well over $4,000 for the silent auction, door prize drawings and awards at the Bowl O’Gold,” Cooper-Currier stated.

“Donors can support OCO with confidence that their money is used to directly benefit the populations we serve,” stated Joe Caruana, chairman of the agency’s Board of Directors. “At OCO, approximately 94 cents of every dollar received goes right back out to the programs that help our consumers. Very few non-profit organizations nationwide have that high a rate.”

OCO services truly make a difference; sometimes they even save lives.

Cindy Jennings was 38 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her health insurance was ending so she contacted OCO’s Cancer Services Program, and they were able to enroll Cindy in coverage to carry her through treatment.

“If it weren’t for this program, I’d be dead.” she said.

More often, OCO services help lift people out of poverty. It’s not uncommon for consumers to work with several OCO programs over an extended period of time, such as one young adult who first connected with the agency as a teenager without family support.

Thanks to OCO the youth was able to finish school, attend college and become a self-sustaining working parent today – whose first job was with OCO!

For more information about OCO, or to learn more about making a donation, contact Cooper-Currier at 315-598-4717.