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September 19, 2018

Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Make-A-Wish Grant Wish For Oswego County Boy


Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation®of Central New York and raised $6,000 this past summer to grant a “wish” for an Oswego County Make –A-Wish child, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO.

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York and raised $6,000 this past summer to grant a “wish” for an Oswego County Make-A-Wish child, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO. Here, Joseph (front), receives his wish for a shopping spree at Carousel Center from Make-A-Wish representatives (from left) Elizabeth Ganey, and Rob Scott, and OCFCU representative Kimberly Vrooman. For more information on Make-A-Wish, visit www.cny.wish.org.

“The recipient was Joseph, a 11-year old whose wish was to go on a shopping spree,” Carhart said. “I’m delighted to report that Joe and his family recently had a whirlwind shopping excursion at Carousel Center in Syracuse. All our employees were delighted that we were able to do this for Joseph, and we’re grateful to our members and all those who donated toward this wish.

The credit union collected donations in return for OCFCU-Make-A-Wish apparel at its three offices. OCFCU provided the apparel at no cost to the donor or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation selected Joseph as the wish recipient.”

To-date, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York has granted more than 1300 wishes since the inception of the central New York chapter and currently has more than 55 wishes in process.  The organization has granted more than 207,000 wishes nationally.

According to their web site ( www.cny.wish.org): “Incorporated in 1985, the Make-A-Wish Foundation®of Central New York, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting special wishes to children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who are living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In granting a favorite wish, the Foundation strives to provide the wish child and family with extra-special memories of joy and laughter, which are in dramatic contrast to the hospital, doctors, and treatment programs. A wish offers a welcome respite – a time for just plain fun!

Joseph (far right) was granted a shopping spree recently at Carousel Center through Make-A-Wish Foundation ®of Central New York. His family joined him for his spree. They are, from left: his mother, Pam; brother Seth; sister Olivia; stepfather Brett; sister Natalie; and brother Samuel. The wish was granted because of $6,000 raised this past summer by Oswego County Federal Credit Union to grant a wish for a child in Oswego County. The credit union collected donations in return for OCFCU-Make-A-Wish apparel at its three offices. OCFCU provided the apparel at no cost to the donor or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York serves 15 counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga & Tompkins..”

“Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York would not exist without the support and generosity of companies like Oswego County Federal Credit Union and their members.  We are so grateful for their support and commitment to our community,” said Diane Kupperman, president and CEO.

Founded in 1975, OCFCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative association, which serves more than 6,300 members from throughout Oswego County. OCFCU’s charter was revised in early 2007 so that anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Oswego County is eligible to join.

OCFCU has two offices in Oswego. The 300 W. 1st St. office can be reached at 326-0138 and the 175 E. 7th St. office can be reached at 343-7822.  The 5530 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) Mexico office can be reached at 963-2722. Further information can also be found online at www.oswegofcu.org.

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