United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon A Success

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who lent their support to the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon. The event was a perfect example of the United Way’s ‘Live United’ concept as the community came together to help our area food pantries.

We would especially like to thank the Oswego Lions Club for the generous donation of $500, Oswego Rotary International $100, and the Boilermakers Union Local #5 for $100 to Oswego County’s Food Pantries; the caring businesses who donated the food for our delicious luncheon, The American Foundry, Bridie Manor, Canale’s Restaurant, GS Steamers, Oswego Country Club, Ruby Tuesday, Vona’s Restaurant, C’s Farms, Davis Bros., Bosco & Geers, and Cakes Galore; and those who donated gift cards for door prizes (Cam’s Pizzeria, Advantage Carpet/Taylor Rental, Tesoriero Chiropractic, Key Bank Oswego).

We would also like to thank the many businesses who donated food or hosted food drives including; Oswego Health, 24-Hour Record Retriever & Abstract, Inc., Oswego Price Chopper, Shapiro Motors, Realty USA; our dedicated volunteers, Dan, Helen and Christie Hoefer, Kathy and Kerrigan Cummins, Cathy Burt, Mary Kay Donovan, Jim McGann, Roxanna Gillen, Amanda Race, Chrystal Hoyt, Coach Diane Dillon, Lauren Gilpin and Jillian Bergeron of the SUNY Oswego Laker Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Laree Pease, Jackie Thorpe, our committee members; Chairperson, Aaron Thorpe, Shawn Seale, Helen Hoefer, Marion Ciciarelli and Deb Deeb, who helped prepare, serve and clean-up after the event which was graciously hosted by St. Joseph’s Church in their Parish Center. Their desire to support our local food pantries is a wonderful expression of dedication to their community, their concern for others and their willingness to ‘Live United.’

Our Stone Soup Luncheon raised more than $1,500 and collected hundreds of non-perishable food items for food pantries at the Oswego and Fulton Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Oswego County and Human Concerns.

Thank you for being a part of our 6th Annual Stone Soup Luncheon. It was great to see the smiles on familiar faces and first timers as they brought in their food donations. This event shows the caring nature of our community at its best!

Melanie Trexler, executive director
Lois Luber, resource development director
United Way of Greater Oswego County