;

OCO’s Retro Bowl raises funds to fight hunger

FULTON, NY – The results are in: Oswego County Opportunities’ 2014 Retro Bowl was a huge success! Preliminary results show that the fund raiser brought in nearly $22,000 to help OCO address hunger needs through its more than 30 programs and services.

Oswego County Opportunities held a food drive at its Retro Bowl fundraiser, collecting more than 500 individual non-perishable food items to divide among its program sites that can distribute the goods to those in need. Here, Retro Bowl Committee member Toni Ross, Health Educator with OCO Health Education Services, finishes packing the boxes.
Oswego County Opportunities held a food drive at its Retro Bowl fundraiser, collecting more than 500 individual non-perishable food items to divide among its program sites that can distribute the goods to those in need. Here, Retro Bowl Committee member Toni Ross, Health Educator with OCO Health Education Services, finishes packing the boxes.

“We are so grateful to everyone who participated,” said OCO’s Executive Director, Diane Cooper-Currier. “There was so much energy and team spirit, as well as some of the most creative themes and costumes ever!”

Cooper-Currier also expressed her thanks to Lakeview Lanes for hosting the event.

“Without the generous support from Mike and Patti Tryniski at Lakeview Lanes, our annual fundraiser would not be possible,” she said.

The Sponsors and Donors

Cash donations from area businesses provided significant sponsorship support, Cooper-Currier continued.

Major “Making a Difference” Sponsors were G&C Foods and National Grid.

“Building Dreams” Sponsors were NRG Oswego Harbor Power, LLC; Oswego County Federal Credit Union; POMCO; the Walmart Foundation; Constellation; Bailey, Haskell and LaLonde; and Fidelis.

“Changing Lives” Sponsors were Sutton Real Estate; Eastern Shore Associates; Volney Multiplex; Grossman St. Amour CPAs; and Fulton Savings Bank.

“Improving Communities” Sponsors were Butler Disposal; Burke’s Home Center; Compass Federal Credit Union; Fulton Noon Rotary; Fulton Sunrise Rotary; Kane Consulting, LLC; MetLife Financial Services; Oneida Nation Foundation; Spear Incorporated; and The House Works.

OCO 2014 Retro Bowl major sponsor G&C Foods sent six teams to participate, all clad in colorful tie dye. All 30 bowlers are pictured here posing before the bowling began.
OCO 2014 Retro Bowl major sponsor G&C Foods sent six teams to participate, all clad in colorful tie dye. All 30 bowlers are pictured here posing before the bowling began.

“Helping People” Sponsors were Douglas Clemens and Joseph C. Cortini, Inc.

RRR Music DJ Services donated its services to emcee the event and provide oldies music and trivia games all afternoon.

“We truly appreciate Bob Riggio’s support for this event,” Cooper-Currier said. “His DJ skills were a perfect fit for the Retro Bowl.”

Nearly $5,000 worth of goods, certificates, and gift baskets were auctioned off and awarded as door prizes during the April 5 event at Lakeview Lanes.

“Approximately 50 businesses helped support this event by making donations for our silent auction and door prize drawings, and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity,” Cooper-Currier said.

They are:

Advance Auto Parts – Fulton and Oswego; Americar; Ashley Lynn Winery; Auto Zone; BJ’s Wholesale Club; Blue Moon Grill; Bridge Street Jewelers; Bridie Manor Restaurant; Bronze Images; Burger King – Fulton; Cakes Galore & More; Cam’s NY Pizzeria -Oswego; Canale’s Restaurant; Coffee Connection; Country Cabin; Cutting Crew; Dale Currier; Debra French; Deana Masuicca; Devine Designs by Gail; Domino’s Pizza; Dowd’s Flower Shop; DuFore’s for Diamonds; Dunkin’ Donuts -Fulton; Eagle Beverage Company; Empire Attractions; Enchanted Forest/Water Safari; Family Video; Fulton Screen Printing; Fulton TV & Appliance; G&C Food Distributors Inc.; Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways; Greek Peak Waterpark/Hope Lodge; Griffins Greens, Inc.; Jimmie James BBQ; JP Jewelers; J.C. Penney Co. Inc.; Kathleen Knopp; Kathy’s Cakes; Kinney Drugs – Fulton; Kraftee’s; Lowe’s – Oswego; Man in the Moon  Candies; McDonald’s – Fulton; Mimi’s Drive Inn; New York Bold LLC; Ontario Orchards; Oswego Cinema; Pafumi Extinguishers; Par-K Enterprises; Penny Foster-Pratt; Pizza Hut – Fulton; Press Box;

Price Chopper – Fulton; Red Brick Pub; RFH’s Hideaway; Seabreeze Amusement Park; Suncatchers Salon – Cathy Arigo; Syracuse University Football;  TJ Maxx; Target; Tavern on the Lock; Tim Horton’s; Uniforms Etc.; Valley News, Inc.; Vernon Downs; Village Shops; Wal-Mart – Fulton and  Oswego; Wet Paint Company; Williamson Flying Club; WonderWorks; and YMCA – Oswego.

This team won a prize for best Retro theme during the first flight of OCO’s 2014 Retro Bowl fundraiser at Lakeview Lanes.
This team won a prize for best Retro theme during the first flight of OCO’s 2014 Retro Bowl fundraiser at Lakeview Lanes.

More than 30 OCO employees as well as friends and family members turned out in force to volunteer at the day-long event, making things run smoothly, Cooper-Currier said.

They included: event committee members Diane Cooper-Currier, Christine Prevost, Betsy Copps, Debra French, Colette Nellis, Diane Wood, Toni Ross, Patrick Waite and Denise Russell.

Volunteers included: Adam George, Mary Herzog, Ellen Lazarek, Nancy DeGilormo, Hank Wood, Brian Greenhouse, Dale Currier, Ellen Holst, Judy Parker, Paul Lasher, Connie Cosemento, Terry Bennett, Sarah and Gary Irland, Patty O’Connor, Michelle Mulholland, Elizabeth Enwright, Deana Masuicca, Jim Masuicca, Heather Buckley, Penny Pratt, Meg West and Doug Prevost.

How the Proceeds Will Benefit the Hungry

What will OCO do with these funds?

“Virtually all of OCO’s human services programs have elements that address hunger. From homebound seniors to homeless teens and single mothers, to low-income families and hungry youth, OCO does its best to provide nutritious meals to those in need,” Cooper-Currier said.

From infants to seniors, OCO’s services provides food and nutritious meals to more than 8,300 people annually through:

· Emergency food subsidies and pantries offered by numerous OCO programs;

· Summer breakfast and lunch feeding programs to children throughout the county;

· Nutritious meals served to children in Head Start, Pre-K, Day Care and children residing at OCO’s Domestic Violence Shelter;

· Nutritious meals served to Seniors through Meals on Wheels and OCO Dining and Activity Centers

In addition, more than 500 non-perishable food items were donated at Retro Bowl, and these items have been divided among OCO’s program locations that can distribute the goods to individuals and families in need.

“Hunger is a pervasive issue in Oswego County. Yet, the resources to help feed the hungry dwindle.  As an anti-poverty agency, combating hunger and improving nutrition are keystones of OCO’s mission,” Cooper-Currier said. “The 2014 Retro Bowl is an opportunity for community members to come together for an afternoon of fun that, in the long run, will help fight against hunger and put food on the plates of those in need right here in Oswego County.”

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

Individual and Team Awards

Here are the bowling achievement results for both flights of bowling (note: scores are combined from two games of bowling).

LOW BOWLER – Flight One
Bowler: William Willis
Team: Gutter Bugs
Score: 84

LOW BOWLER – Flight Two
Bowler: Leanna Reynolds
Team: The Goonies
Score: 103

HIGH TEAM SCORE – Flight One
Team: The Alley Cats
Score: 1537

HIGH TEAM SCORE – Flight Two
Team: Pin Seekers
Score: 1638

HIGH SCORE: MALE – Flight One
Bowler: John Halstead
Team: Norfleet’s Strikers
Score: 408

HIGH SCORE: MALE – Flight Two
Bowler: Charlie Man
Team: The Other Ones
Score: 458

HIGH SCORE: FEMALE – Flight One
Bowler: Missy Miller
Team: The Alley Cats
Score: 401

HIGH SCORE: FEMALE – Flight Two
Bowler: Rhonda (last name not available)
Team: Volney Multiplex
Score: 313

TEAM SPIRIT AWARD – Flight One
Team: G&C Foods

TEAM SPIRIT AWARD – Flight Two
Team: Fulton Savings Bank – Pink Ladies

RETRO THEME AWARD – Flight One
Team: Bowlin’ to the Oldies

RETRO THEME AWARD – Flight Two
Team: Pin Seekers

HIGH FUND-RAISING TEAM – Flight One
Team: Rebel Legends
Amount: $471

HIGH FUND RAISING TEAM – Flight Two
Team: Pin Seekers
Amount: $433