Over 200 people came to the Oswego Elks Lodge on May 6 to help support Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at their 5h Annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest. 40 teams of four came and competed against each other in the biggest turn-out yet.
The annual event, which is one of the major fundraisers for the organization, raised close to $ 13,000 for Literacy Volunteers.
”The event is as much about raising awareness for the organization as it is about raising money,” said LVOC Executive Director Jane Murphy. “I would like to thank all of our sponsors, auction donors, and volunteers for their generous support.”
Major sponsors of the event were: Alliance Bank, Entergy, National Grid, Constellation Energy, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, and Eastern Shore Associates Insurance. Other sponsors included Pathfinder Bank, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Dynegy, Fulton Savings Bank, Biospherix, Planned Results, Inc., BPOE Lodge #271, NRG, Riccelli Fulton, and The Broadwell Companies.
The first place team with a score of 451 was “Compass Credit Union” consisting of Tom, Devin and Patrick O’Toole. Coming in second was the PJC’s, followed by Wurd Pyrates in third place. The Spellunkers won “Best Team Name” and the Bridge Street Scrabblers won “Best Team Costume”.
Guest emcee for the event was Jennifer Lewke, consumer reporter for WSYR NewsChannel 9. “What Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County is doing in our community, is making a dramatic difference in so many lives,” Lewke said. “Scrabble Fest was a huge success and it was great to see so many people support an organization that supports those who need it most. It was such a pleasure meeting all the volunteers, those who support the organization and those who it supports. I know that the adults in Oswego County who need the help that this organization offers, are in amazing hands and I was very lucky to have been a part of a wonderful evening.”
LVOC provides basic literacy skills for adults, such as help in applying for and being successful in a job, paying bills, and helping your children succeed in school. These programs not only improve a learner’s basic skills, but build their self-confidence and self-esteem as well.
For information about any of LVOC’s programs, call 342-8839 or visit its website at www.lvoswego.org.