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September 21, 2018

Stone Soup Luncheon Receives Rock Solid Support


Written by John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – Supporters of the United Way of Greater Oswego County filled the Parish Center of St. Joseph’s Church as the community came together to enjoy a delicious meal of soup, salad, rolls and desserts at the United Way’s “Stone Soup” Luncheon.

Pictured are some of the many volunteers who helped host the United Way’s “Stone Soup” Holiday Luncheon. From left are: Director of Human Concerns, Deb Deeb; community volunteer Roxanne Gillen; Joleen DiBartolo, of Pathfinder Bank; Shawn Seale of Key Bank; and Kathy Fenlon, director of the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau.

Pictured are some of the many volunteers who helped host the United Way’s “Stone Soup” Holiday Luncheon. From left are: Director of Human Concerns, Deb Deeb; community volunteer Roxanne Gillen; Joleen DiBartolo, of Pathfinder Bank; Shawn Seale of Key Bank; and Kathy Fenlon, director of the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau.

The annual luncheon creates an awareness of hunger in the community and offers a way for the community to come together to share a meal and contribute to local food pantries.

“Our Stone Soup Holiday Luncheon was very successful, as we raised more than $1,100 and collected hundreds of food items for our local food pantries. I want to thank the community members who attended, and our many caring sponsors who donated the food for our luncheon: The American Foundry, Bridie Manor, Canale’s Restaurant, GS Steamers, Ruby Tuesday, Vona’s Restaurant, Oswego Country Club, C’s Farms, Davis Bros., Bosco & Geers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Paul’s Big M, Giovanni Foods, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, and Cakes Galore,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County.

Stone Soup committee member Aaron Thorpe of 24-Hour Record Retriever & Abstract in Oswego and Jackie Thorpe of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce were on hand to collect food donations during the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon.

Stone Soup committee member Aaron Thorpe of 24-Hour Record Retriever & Abstract in Oswego and Jackie Thorpe of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce were on hand to collect food donations during the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon.

“The desire of our committee members chairperson Aaron Thorpe, Shawn Seale, Helen Hoefer, Marion Ciciarelli; our many volunteers who helped prepare, serve and clean up after the event, and St. Joseph’s Church for hosting the event in their Parish Center, is a excellent example of the importance of supporting United Way because it is our community and it is personal,” added Luber.

All proceeds from the event, along with the food donations and generous donation of $500 from the Oswego Lions Club, will be donated to local food pantries including Salvation Army of Oswego County, Human Concerns Center and Catholic Charities.

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