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Oswego County Federal Credit Union Supports Campaign to Save Great Bear

 From left: Sandy Bonanno, Friend of Great Bear;  Mary Arnold, Friend of Great Bear; Naneen Drosse, Friend of Great Bear;  Richard Drosse, coordinator, Friend of Great Bear; Rachael Ives, head member solution representative, OCFCU;  Krista McEwen, loan officer, OCFCU;  Margaret Bocsor, Friend and board member of CNY Land Trust; Gabriella Doten, recovery specialist, OCFCU; and Meredith Perreault, executive director, CNY Land Trust

From left: Sandy Bonanno, Friend of Great Bear; Mary Arnold, Friend of Great Bear; Naneen Drosse, Friend of Great Bear; Richard Drosse, coordinator, Friend of Great Bear; Rachael Ives, head member solution representative, OCFCU; Krista McEwen, loan officer, OCFCU; Margaret Bocsor, Friend and board member of CNY Land Trust; Gabriella Doten, recovery specialist, OCFCU; and Meredith Perreault, executive director, CNY Land Trust

FULTON – Friends of Great Bear and the Central New York Land Trust are pleased to announce that Oswego County Federal Credit Union has made the donation of $5,000, in the Naturalist gift level, for the Campaign to Save Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear.

The R. S. Shineman Foundation Challenge Grant of $50,000 awarded to the CNY Land Trust and Friends of Great Bear will match the $5,000 with an additional $5,000, towards our goal of $161,000.

Founded in 1975, Oswego County FCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative association dedicated to providing quality financial products and services delivered in a professional, courteous and timely manner.

Oswego County Federal Credit Union currently serves the financial needs of approximately 11,000 members from throughout Oswego County.

Credit Union CEO Bill Carhart said. “The Great Bear facility is an essential part of the Southern Oswego County community. The hiking, biking, and horse trails are an invaluable resource to outdoor lovers. It is our immense pleasure to support the this project and ensure the preservation of this location.”

The Shineman Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Central New York by providing grants to not-for-profit organizations that will enhance the local community.

As part of this, the foundation seeks to build relationships with its partnering not-for-profits, allowing them to become more effective, and to build strong social bonds that will bring the community together.

Its vision is to be a transformative ‘Catalyst for Change’ and create vibrant life for all residents in Oswego County.

Comprising approximately 444 acres, Great Bear Springs Recreation Area is located between Fulton and Phoenix, bordering County Route 57 on the east and the Oswego River and Barge Canal on the west.

Friends of Great Bear and the Central NY Land Trust are working together to save the northern 130 acres of Great Bear that includes Whiskey Island that is privately owned and for sale.

$161,000  must be raise to acquire this property and keep it natural as part of Great Bear.

Great Bear has more than eight miles of trails, made up of drumlins, hardwood forests and wetlands. Free to the public, the area is enjoyed by hikers, dog walkers, with mountain bikers and horseback riding seasonally.

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are enjoyed in the winter.

If you would like to join this campaign, please go to friendsofgreatbear.org
and cnylandtrust.org

Or, please contact: Richard Drosse, coordinator, Friends of Great Bear, 315-343-4565, [email protected]

Or, Meredith Perreault, executive director of the Central New York Land Trust Inc., 315-575-8839,  [email protected]