OSWEGO, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Students at SUNY Oswego recently provided Oswego County OpportunitiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Youth Services with a donation of more than $4,800 as a result of their Miss-a-Meal events.
A long and proud tradition at SUNY Oswego, the Miss-a-Meal events were preceded by the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bread for the WorldÃ¢â‚¬Â events held in the early Ã¢â‚¬â„¢70s and the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sacrifice a MealÃ¢â‚¬Â event held in 1960 for the Campus Chest, an offshoot of the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Community Chest.
This year, students pledged to miss an evening dining hall meal per semester and donate the savings to area charities.
Sarah Irland, OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s deputy executive director, was happy to accept the donation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very appreciative of this generous donation and are honored that SUNY Oswego students and SUNYÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Auxiliary Services recognize the importance of the many services that we provide for Oswego County residents and chose us as one of the recipients,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.
The funds were donated at a time that coincides with OCOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual fund-raising events, the Bowl-A-Fun and Golden Opportunities raffle.
SUNY-OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s donation will be included in the proceeds from the ninth annual Bowl-A-Fun and will be used to benefit the more than 24,000 county residents who use the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 50-plus programs and services each year.
The Bowl-A-Fun event takes place April 10 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.
The Golden Opportunities raffle prize drawings also take place April 10 at 5 p.m. at the OCO main office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton.
More information about these fundraisers is available by calling OCO at 598-4717.
OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.
It is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member agency.
For more information, visit www.oco.org