Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – Plans are under way for one of the area’s premier fundraising events, the Oswego Christian Community School’s sixth annual auction.
Scheduled for April 20 the auction will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. at Oswego Elks Lodge #271, corner of West Fifth and Bridge streets in Oswego.
The event, which serves as the school’s largest fundraiser, will feature a silent auction and a live auction, as well as a bake sale and the Elks’ famous chicken BBQ.
According to planning committee chairperson Sue Bakos, this year’s auction promises to be better than ever.
“Over the years our annual auction has received some wonderful support from the community, making the event more and more popular each year. We are excited about this year’s event at its new location and are looking forward to an afternoon of fun,” she said.
Bakos added that the committee has been busy contacting area business and gathering items for the auctions.
“We are fortunate to have received a number of excellent items already from caring businesses and individuals. We anticipate having a wide array of items for our auctions and are gladly accepting donations from anyone interested in supporting our auction fundraiser,” said Bakos.
Some of the many items that will be up available to bid on include: tickets to Wonderworks at Destiny USA; gift cards to area retailers and restaurants; tickets to area attractions and events; gift certificates for spa treatments, hotel getaways, automotive services; jewelry and beauty products to name a few.
Additionally, Oswego Community Christian School students will also be participating, as each class is busy preparing themed baskets filled with an assortment of goodies pertaining to its theme.
Bakos said that there would be approximately $25,000 worth of new merchandise and services to bid on.
“Our school’s Facebook page features photos of many of the items that will be up for bid with new photos added as items come in. The photo album may also be accessed via the link on the school’s website, www.myoccs.org,” said Bakos.
The silent auction will take place from 1 – 2:30 p.m., with tables closing in sections beginning at 2 p.m., followed by a live auction from 2:30 – 4 p.m. featuring auctioneer, Corrina Pauldine of the newly open McEwen Auction Company.
Located at 32 Erie St., Oswego, McEwen Auction Company offers weekly consignment auctions as well as specialty auctions.
“I am very excited to provide auction services for this event. It’s an opportunity to give back to my community, which the Oswego Community Christian School is an important part of. I am happy to be able to support them,” said Pauldine.
For information about McEwen Auction Company, call 315-343-6530.
Bakos added that the event would also include the popular Oswego Community Christian School’s annual prize drawing.
For a donation of $10 individuals will have the opportunity to win one of three great prizes including a grand prize of either a five-night Disney World vacation for a family of four or a $1,500 VISA gift card, winner’s choice; a second prize of an Apple iPad mini; and a third prize of either a $250 gas or grocery card, winner’s choice.
A limited number of tickets will available these prize drawings.
“Tickets for the prizing drawing as well as pre-sale tickets for the chicken BBQ ($8) are available at the school office, 400 E. Albany St. in Oswego,” added Bakos.
All proceeds from this event will be used for the continued improvement of the quality of education offered to the students at OCCS.
Established in 1979, the Oswego Community Christian School offers families a Christian educational alternative that excels in teaching, training and the spiritual development of their children.
Using the latest technology for both the students and the teachers, the Oswego Community Christian School blends classic education with modern methodology in a caring, disciplined, Christian environment.
The student population of the school represents nearly 20 area churches and ministries and its hundreds of successful graduates are testimonials to the school’s commitment to the community and its high standards of education and character development.
For more information on the Oswego Community Christian School’s auction or to donate an item, call the school at 315-342-9322 or Bakos at 315-342-6939.