Speakers Announced For SAFE Fair

OSWEGO – This year’s SAFE Fair will include a program of speakers with topics around the heroin crisis, community services and Hope for Recovery.

Keynote speaker will be Penny Morley, prevention director at Farnham Family Services.

SAFE FairThe  SAFE Fair Program

12:30 – Welcome by Teresa Woolson, VOW President
Michelle Stepien, NYS Senator Ritchie’s Office
Recovery Story
1 – Key Note Speaker Penny Morley, Prevention Director at Farnham Family Services
1:30 – U.S. Congressman John Katko
2 – Gregory Oakes, Oswego County D.A. and Coroner
2:30 – NYS Assemblyman William Barclay
3 – Recovery Story
4:30 – Drawings (Raffles, Final Color & Bookmark & Apple iPad Mini II)

Prizes include tickets to the Children’s Museum of Oswego County (provided by CMOO) for coloring entries, along with gift cards for the Bookmark Design and Coloring entries.

Prizes will be drawn at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Those 21 and under may enter to win an Apple iPad Mini II with case by visiting eight exhibits to learn more about substances abused, addiction, how to prevent it and help others, where to find treatment and support services, along with alternative options to drugs.

A second place prize will be a gift card.

Free face painting will be provided by Charlene Himple and Angela Coville.

Hailey Thompson will create free balloon twists.

Additional free carnival type games will be on hand with small prizes for each.

This event is free for all ages and the Elks Lodge will have food available for purchase.

Participating exhibitors include the Oswego County STOP DWI Program (Bob Lighthall will be on hand with several simulation activities around distracted driving, marijuana and alcohol impairment), Oswego County Drug Task Force, County of Oswego Council On Alcohol and Addictions (COCOAA), Farnham Family Services, Oswego County Opportunities with their Services to Aid Families, Health Education and OPTIONS programs, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, New Justice Conflict Resolution Services, Oswego County Health Department, Prevention Network, Oswego Fire Department, Oswego County Prevention Coalition and Youth Creating Change Coalition, Julie A. Fischer Healing Arts, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office with Operation Safe Child, Addiction Awareness Group, Al-Anon for Families, Al-Anon for Teens, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Crafting for a Cure, Catholic Charities, Harbor Lights, YL Essential Oils and the VOW Foundation.

The VOW Foundation would like to thank the following who have generously donated products or gift certificates for the raffles:

Wayne Drugs of Oswego, Wal-Mart of Granby, SUNY Lifestyles, Julie A. Fischer Healing Arts, Oswego County Opportunities, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Cori Welch, SAVE CNY, Cutting Crew, Children’s Museum of Oswego, Lowes Home Improvement, NY Nails, Oswego Cinema, Cam’s Pizzeria, Bridge Street Pizza & More, Lighthouse Lanes, Aces Up Trading Post, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, River’s End Bookstore and the Comic Shop.

Additional donations are coming in and will be posted on our event page.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Farnham Family Services, EJ Construction Group, Honorable William Barclay, Pathfinder Bank, Oswego Elks Lodge, Carolyn A. Rush and NewsChannel 9.

This free family event will be held at the Elks Lodge, 132 W. Fifth St., in Oswego on April 24 from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Teresa Woolson, president of the VOW Foundation, at (315) 402-6119.