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September 20, 2018

Scrabble Fest to Benefit Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County


Oswego, NY – In the game Scrabble, the word literacy is worth 13 points. In real life, it’s priceless.

On Sept. 21, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County will hold its 6th Annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest.

Committee members of the Annual Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County Scrabble Fest meet to discuss plans for this year’s event. Seated from left are: Jeanne Farrell of OCO; Beth Kazel, director of OCO Education Services; Jennifer Bragg and Paula Baker. Standing from left: Laura Licatese and Meg Henderson, coordinator of the LVOC Program Coordinator. Absent are committee members; OCO Executive Director, Diane Cooper-Currier; OCO Deputy Executive Director, Sarah Irland; Paula Hayden, and Susan Couthap-McQuin, member of the Community Services Advisory Committee.

Committee members of the Annual Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County Scrabble Fest meet to discuss plans for this year’s event. Seated from left are: Jeanne Farrell of OCO; Beth Kazel, director of OCO Education Services; Jennifer Bragg and Paula Baker. Standing from left: Laura Licatese and Meg Henderson, LVOC Program Coordinator. Absent are committee members; OCO Executive Director, Diane Cooper-Currier; OCO Deputy Executive Director, Sarah Irland; Paula Hayden, and Susan Couthap-McQuin, member of the Community Services Advisory Committee.

One of Oswego County’s most entertaining fundraisers, Scrabble Fest offers devotees of the game Scrabble the opportunity to enjoy an evening of friendly competition, and more.

“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fundraiser,” said Meg
Henderson, LVOC Program Coordinator. “Scrabble Fest is also a way to raise awareness of LVOC and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County.  Currently approximately 20% of the adult population of Oswego County cannot read above the 5th grade level. The majority of LVOC clients are between the ages of 19 and 59, with the fastest growing age group entering the program being between 18 and 29. It is an issue that needs to be addressed, as these individuals are unable to do what many take for granted such as reading newspapers and magazines, medication labels, recipes and most books. LVOC offers the opportunity for them to gain the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities and more.”

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, LVOC provides free, confidential services such as: Basic Literacy that includes writing and simple math skills; English Literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills along with some simple math skills; and Computer Literacy that uses computer stations in the LVOC office to teach basic computer skills.

Scheduled for Sept. 21, Scrabble Fest will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Oswego Elks Lodge #271.

Teams of 4 will compete against each other in four 20-minute rounds. Team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes.

Additional, to add to the fun of the event, there will be prizes for best team uniforms, as well as the team and individual who brings in the most pledges.

“Whether you’re playing, or just rooting on your favorite team, Scrabble Fest is the great opportunity to get your friends, family or co-workers together for an evening of fun for a very worthwhile cause that can have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s life,” added Henderson.

In addition to the Scrabble competition, Henderson said that there will be a silent auction featuring some great items donated by local merchants who support LVOC; and a 50 / 50 drawing.

Entry fee for a team of 4 is $100 and includes light refreshments.

The cost for individuals wishing to attend but not compete in the event is $15.

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit LVOC.

For more information on LVOC or to register a team, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 315-342-8839 or visit www.lvoswego.org

OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org

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