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OCO Retro Bowl: Who will be this year’s honorary co-chairs?

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities is focusing on eliminating hunger as the fund-raising need for 2014.

No one in America should go hungry; yet, OCO encounters see people every day who don’t have enough money or resources to provide or prepare healthy meals for themselves or their families.

This photo shows the 2013 "Lucky 13" Bowl-A-Fun honorary chairperson, Emily Bradshaw, with her family's team, the Baker's Dozen Sweet Rolls. From left in front are Emily Bradshaw and Katie Bradshaw; in back are Jennifer Bradshaw, Tim Bradshaw and Paul Bradshaw Registration opens Feb. 3 for OCO’s 2014 Retro Bowl.
This photo shows the 2013 “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun honorary chairperson, Emily Bradshaw, with her family’s team, the Baker’s Dozen Sweet Rolls. From left in front are Emily Bradshaw and Katie Bradshaw; in back are Jennifer Bradshaw, Tim Bradshaw and Paul Bradshaw Registration opens Feb. 3 for OCO’s 2014 Retro Bowl.

The good news is, we can do something about it right here in our own communities, and help fill those empty plates!

The OCO “Retro Bowl” is the theme for the agency’s annual bowling tournament fund raiser. Set for April 5, from noon – 6 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes, this popular event will raise money to help feed the hungry throughout Oswego County.

In keeping with this focus, OCO is inviting restaurant owners in Oswego County to consider serving as honorary co-chairs of the Retro Bowl. OCO is asking honorary co-chairs to:

· Commit to donating a portion of the proceeds (recommended 10% or more) from meals served at your restaurant during the day and hours of your choosing during the month of March.

· Donate two gift cards redeemable at your restaurant, or two gift baskets, to be raffled off at the Retro Bowl on April 5.

In return, the businesses will receive the following:

· Promotion of your business as a sponsor and co-chair through news releases, posters, flyers, the OCO website and social media, and an event program booklet

· Your promotional materials will be handed out at the event

· You or your designee can participate in opening ceremonies for each flight of bowling on April 5 and say a few words to the hundreds of bowlers and spectators in attendance

· A free team for your business to use and join in the fun, or donate to OCO consumers who cannot afford to register a team of their own

Please contact OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier by Feb. 5 at 598-4735 or email her at [email protected] if you are interested in participating or would like more information.

Retro Bowl Registration is $100 and it opens Feb. 3 for five-person teams, with choice of flights: noon – 2:30 p.m. or 3 – 5:30 p.m. (first come, first served). Businesses and individuals are invited to donate door prizes for the raffles and silent auction, and major sponsors are being solicited as well.

“As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support programs and services that combat hunger, because they align perfectly with OCO’s mission. We are an anti-poverty agency, and we fight poverty in many forms – including the inability to afford or prepare nutritious meals,” Cooper-Currier said.

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