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September 26, 2018

OCO Rodeo Bowl To Round Up Support For Those In Need


FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities will hold its annual bowling tournament fundraiser on April 18 at Lakeview Lanes.

This year’s theme is the OCO ‘Rodeo Bowl.’

Creative themes were the rule of the day at OCO’s 2014 Retro Bowl -A-Fun.  Last year’s Pin Seekers team, from left, Loren Darling, Michael LaBeef, Eric Bresee, Jeremy Morrell, and Jeremy Ware, had big hair and even bigger pledges! Will they make an appearance at this year’s Rodeo Bowl? The Rodeo Bowl’s western theme should produce some rip roarin’ costumes from this year’s teams.

Creative themes were the rule of the day at OCO’s 2014 Retro Bowl -A-Fun. Last year’s Pin Seekers team, from left, Loren Darling, Michael LaBeef, Eric Bresee, Jeremy Morrell, and Jeremy Ware, had big hair and even bigger pledges! Will they make an appearance at this year’s Rodeo Bowl? The Rodeo Bowl’s western theme should produce some rip roarin’ costumes from this year’s teams.

The western theme will permeate the entire event, from decorations, prizes and contests to the costumes created by the participating bowling teams.

OCO holds this fundraiser every spring to help support its programs and services.

Executive director of OCO Diane Cooper Currier said, “We’re focusing on the ‘crisis in your backyard’ this year. Those that come to OCO for services are in a crisis situation, whether it’s lack of money to pay the rent, loss of a job, no transportation, inability to buy food for their family, experiencing abuse or neglect … the list goes on.  I’m certain that someone in your neighborhood, on your street, at your workplace, in your school, perhaps even in your own family – has needed or will need our help to get through a crisis. That’s why we call it ‘crisis in your backyard’; it’s close to home. What a rewarding feeling to know that by supporting OCO you are making a difference by improving someone’s life right in your own backyard.”

The OCO Rodeo Bowl will take place from noon to 6 p.m.

Five-person teams have two choices 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.

In addition to support for crisis services, OCO sets aside a percentage of the Rodeo Bowl proceeds to build financial resources for the future.

“Every level of support makes a difference,” Cooper-Currier said. “At OCO, more than 90 cents of every dollar received goes right back out to help people, right here in your backyard. That’s much higher than the national average for non-profits in the United States. You can give with confidence that your money is working hard to combat the forces of poverty and hunger close to home.”

OCO’s Rodeo Bowl will feature a number of entertaining activities that will reflect its western theme such as:

· The “Manic Milking” contest – featuring Cornell Cooperative Extension’s traveling cow display

· Cow Chip surprise

· The “Selfie Corral” where y’all can use props and toys to create a fanciful western portrait

· Country line dancing

· Chicken BBQ – $8 buys a half chicken dinner with two side dishes and roll

· Who will be the lucky winner of special drawing to take John Wayne home?

For registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at 598-4717 or visit www.oco.org

A private, non-profit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 30,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 600 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.

OCO strives to improve the quality of life in Oswego County by helping people, supporting communities and changing lives.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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