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September 24, 2018

Strike Back Against Homelessness at OCO’s Annual Fundraiser


Fulton, NY – Calling all bowlers, from gutter dusters to high rollers: Help strike back against homelessness by gathering a team and registering for Oswego County Opportunities’ “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun.

OCO’s 12th annual bowling tournament fund raiser is set for April 13, at Lakeview Lanes.

Diane Cooper-Currier (right), executive director of Oswego County Opportunities, receives a $1,000 “Building Dreams” sponsorship from National Grid, one of the major sponsors of the 2012 bowling tournament. The check was presented by Walter Dengos, manager, Community & Customer Management. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for April 13. For more information, call 598-4717.

Diane Cooper-Currier (right), executive director of Oswego County Opportunities, receives a $1,000 “Building Dreams” sponsorship from National Grid, one of the major sponsors of the 2012 bowling tournament. The check was presented by Walter Dengos, manager, Community & Customer Management. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for April 13. For more information, call 598-4717.

This year’s event was dubbed the “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun because it is taking place on April 13th, 2013.

“Thirteen is the theme. But, for this event it’s a lucky number,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.

The “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun takes place from noon – 6 p.m.

Registration opened Feb. 1 for five-person teams, with choice of flights: noon – 2:30 p.m. or 3 – 5:30 p.m. (first come, first served).

Businesses and individuals are invited to donate door prizes for the raffles and silent auction, and major sponsors are being solicited as well.

“This year’s proceeds will benefit services for the homeless, now and in the future,” Cooper-Currier stated. “Homelessness continues to be a problem throughout Oswego County, and it impacts consumers of every service we provide.”

Statistics show that approximately one-third of all Americans are one paycheck away from potential homelessness, regardless of their income level. Those who are already unemployed are even more likely to become homeless.

“Without a residence and mailing address, you can’t open a bank account, receive your mail, or enroll your child in school,” Cooper-Currier said. “You can’t register to vote, and you probably won’t be able to get a job. OCO strives to help people obtain a safe, affordable place to live and develop some stability, which is essential to overcoming poverty.”

In addition to support for existing services, OCO will set aside a percentage of the Bowl-A-Fun proceeds to build financial resources for the future.

“There is a vision for a homeless shelter in Oswego County,” Cooper-Currier said. “As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this vision because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission.”

For registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at 598-4717 or visit www.oco.org

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