Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Make-A-Wish, Team Up For ‘Summer Of Dreams’

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central New York to raise $6,000 by Aug. 31 to grant a “wish” for an Oswego County Make –A-Wish child, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO.

“We’re calling it our ‘Summer of Dreams,’” Carhart said. “We’ll be raising the money through donations at all our offices in exchange for special Oswego County Federal Credit Union “wish” apparel we’ve developed for this mission. For example: a $10 donation earns a credit union hat or embroidered grocery tote; a $20 donation earns a Retro ‘Pac-Man’ shirt; and a $30 donation earns a golf polo shirt—all available in a variety of sizes and colors.

Oswego County Federal Credit Union (OCFCU), has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central NY to raise $6.000 and grant a “wish” for an Oswego County Make –A-Wish patient, said Bill Carhart, OCFCU CEO. In support of this campaign, OCFCU developed a television commercial taped at the Make-A-Wish Central NY Chapter offices that will air from June through August. Make-A-Wish child Kyle Ford, (center) of Fulton was in OCFCU’s commercial. Joining him are, from left: Olivia Colabufo, manager, program services for Make-A-Wish; Mary Greeney, OCFCU operations manager; Aimee Johnson, OCFCU senior lending officer; and Andrea Marshall, director of development for Make-A-Wish. Ford’s shirt is part of the selection of apparel created by OCFCU for people to receive in return for wish donations. For more information on Make-A-Wish, visit www.cny.wish.org.

“Every donor also receives a Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York calendar and the first 100 donors will also receive a free shirt with the  “I helped grant a wish” slogan on it with the credit union and Make-A-Wish logos. Every dollar that’s donated goes directly toward granting this wish. The credit union is providing the apparel at no cost to the donor or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “ Make-A-Wish Foundation will select the Oswego County wish child whose wish will be adopted.

“The support of Oswego County Federal Credit Union is helping us in three critical areas: raising money, raising awareness and supporting the Adopt-A-Wish® Program. Even more meaningful to me is Bill Carhart’s personal commitment as a former member of our Board of Trustees. Involving his team and the Oswego Community supports our mission and helps to share the power of a wish®”, said Diane Kuppermann, executive director, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York.

To-date, the Central NY chapter has granted more than 28 wishes since September 1, 2010 and 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!

“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. Since 1985 the wishes of more than 1,270 special Central New York kids have come true.”

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.com.

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