One local resident met “Santa” three days early for a very special Christmas.
Sharon McCoy is the lucky winner of the diamond necklace from the Oswego Community Youth Orchestra, donated generously by JP Jewelers.
The necklace was presented by JP Jeweler’s owner, James Pauldine, on December 22, one day after the drawing at the “supersized” OCYO breakfast buffet benefit with Santa and diamond necklace raffle.
Santa himself drew the winning ticket at the end of the breakfast in front of many well wishers and hopeful winners.
Thanks to so many local residents and volunteers, this was one of the most successful, and certainly the most activity filled breakfasts at Lake City Lodge No. 127, Oswego.
The lodge was beautifully decorated, the line of patrons was long and patient, all morning.
Santa and the children had a special area to make their requests and receive goodies, volunteers greeted people arriving and buying tickets, the OCYO ensemble and friends performed for the crowd, holiday shows played on the big screen TV, there was a holiday sing-a-long, and the all-you-can-eat buffet line offered piping hot excellent food and drink.
Guests that day went out of their way to say how much they enjoyed the event and were happy they came.
Santa was not lonely as many local children attended and made their Christmas wishes heard.
OCYO thanked Lake City Lodge for sponsoring this extremely successful fundraiser, the volunteers from Lake City Lodge and OCYO families and their friends, the business, corporate sponsors, the Oswego City School District and superintendent, and especially JP Jewelers.
Also, Big M of Oswego and Syracuse Symphoria for their assistance, Raby’s Ace Home Center, the river’s end bookstore, Midstate Music and many more.
Additionally, many qualified student musicians signed up at the breakfast to audition for OCYO on January 9.
On January 13, members of Lake City Lodge presented Oswego Community Youth Orchestra with a check for the donated proceeds of $820.