FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities will hold its annual bowling tournament fund raiser on April 5 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.
“This year’s theme is the ‘Retro Bowl.’ We’re going to celebrate highlights from OCO’s history during each decade since the agency was established on March 15, 1966,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director. “The Retro Bowl should provide lots of inspiration for teams to come up with fun and creative costumes this year.”
The OCO Retro Bowl takes place from noon – 6 p.m.
Registration 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.
OCO holds this fundraiser every spring to help support its programs and services.
“This year’s proceeds will focus on ‘filling the empty plates’ of those who lack the resources to provide healthy meals for themselves and their families. We’re focusing on ways to reduce and eliminate hunger in Oswego County” Cooper-Currier said. “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.”
In addition to support for existing services, OCO will set aside a percentage of the Retro Bowl proceeds to build financial resources for the future.
“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 hunger close to home,” she said.
For registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at (315) 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.