Fulton, NY – Oswego County Opportunities will hold its 12th annual bowling tournament fund raiser on Saturday, April 13, at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.
“This year’s event was dubbed the ‘Lucky 13’ Bowl-A-Fun because it is taking place on April 13,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.
The ‘Lucky 13’ Bowl-A-Fun takes place from noon – 6 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.
Registration opens Feb. 1 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.
“We chose the theme ‘Lucky 13’ Bowl-A-Fun because of the date, 4-13-13,” Cooper-Currier explained. “Participants will see the number 13 used in a variety of ways at the event!”
OCO holds this fund raiser every spring to help support its programs and services. “This year’s proceeds will benefit services for the homeless,” Cooper-Currier stated. “Homelessness is a growing concern in Oswego County, and this problem touches consumers of every service we provide.”
“No home means no address, and without an address it’s impossible to open a bank account, receive mail, apply for a job, or enroll a child in school – activities most of us take for granted,” she continued. “OCO strives to help people obtain a safe, affordable place to live and develop some stability, which is essential to overcoming poverty.”
In addition to support for existing services, OCO will set aside a percentage of the Bowl-A-Fun proceeds to build financial resources for the future.
“There is a vision for a homeless shelter in Oswego County,” Cooper-Currier said. “As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this vision because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission. We are an anti-poverty agency, and we fight poverty in many forms: lack of funds, lack of education, lack of resources to care for self or family; no job, no transportation, no health care; inability to afford or prepare nutritious meals, or find a safe place to live.”
“Our communities have an increasingly important role to play in shaping the course of this future,” Cooper-Currier said. “Government funding continues to decrease while jobs continue to leave Central New York. We’re encountering more people in need, and we’re striving to meet those needs with fewer resources.”
Every level of support makes a difference, Cooper-Currier continued.
“At OCO, more than 90 cents of every dollar received goes right back out to help people. 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 homelessness close to home,” she said.
For registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at 598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at www.oco.org