United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon A Success

OSWEGO, NY – We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who lent their support to the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Holiday 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 and Boilermakers Local #5 for their generous donations to Oswego County’s Food Pantries; the caring businesses who donated the food for our delicious luncheon, Aunt Mary’s Italian Cafe, Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant, C’s Farms, Davis Brothers, Bosco & Geers, Tim Horton’s, Cakes Galore, Paul’s Big M, Giovanni Foods and SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services; and a dedicated group of volunteers including; Dan Hoefer, Bernie Henderson, Coach Diane Dillon and members of the SUNY Oswego Laker Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Laree Pease, Queenie O’Neil-Sands, Santa (Mac McKinstry), Karen Hammond, intern Jordan Tetro, our committee members; chair, Jim Mahoney, Shawn Seale, Helen Hoefer, Pat Benjamin, Marion Ciciarelli, Lois Luber, who helped prepare, serve and clean up after the event which was graciously hosted by St. Joseph’s Church in their Parish Center, and the beautiful voices of the Concinnity Singers, Deanna Hubbard, Bobbie Palange and Mary Lou Bjorkman.

We would also like to thank the many businesses who helped us by hosting food drives; Alliance Bank, Bond, Schoeneck & King, Cayuga Community College, Chase Bank, Compass Credit Union, Entergy, Key Bank, Oswego City School District, Oswego Health, Oswego Heritage FCU, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and SUNY Oswego Compass.

Their desire to support our local food pantries is a wonderful expression of their dedication to their community, their concern for others and their willingness to ‘Live United.’

Our Stone Soup Holiday Luncheon raised more than $1,000 and collected dozens of boxes of non-perishable foods for food pantries at the Oswego and Fulton Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Human Concerns, and the Oswego County Mental Health Association.

Attendees thank you for taking part in the fourth annual Stone Soup.

It was great to see familiar faces and first timers bringing in food donations and smiles.

This event shows the caring nature of our local community at its best!

Melanie Trexler
Lois Luber
Mary Tetro

United Way of Greater Oswego County