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United Way Helping Those Who Help Others

FULTON, NY – When it comes to building healthier communities it’s imperative that community members and businesses collaborate together to make positive results.

Robert McGrath (right), owner of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego presents Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine  with a check for $2,400. McGrath and his wife planned and organized the recent “Helping Those Who Help Others” fundraiser at The American Foundry in Oswego.
Robert McGrath (right), owner of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego presents Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County Patrick Dewine with a check for $2,400. McGrath and his wife planned and organized the recent “Helping Those Who Help Others” fundraiser at The American Foundry in Oswego.

Robert and Elizabeth McGrath, owners of The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego, did just that this past Thanksgiving Eve.

They set out to ‘help those who help others’ by organizing and sponsoring A Night of Drinks and Dancing; a fundraiser to raise awareness of the work the United Way of Greater Oswego County does throughout the community to drive positive results.

Held Thanksgiving Eve and hosted by the American Foundry in Oswego attendees danced to the sounds of Brass Inc., a party band featuring a seven-piece horn section, and enjoyed Hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the American Foundry.

Tickets for the event were available via pre-sale or at the door and guests were asked to bring a donation of non-perishable items.

The McGraths’ idea was to organize and sponsor an event for the United Way of Greater Oswego County that the community would enjoy and would benefit the agency’s Community Fund which helps fund 27 programs throughout Oswego County.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said United Way Resource Development Director Ali McGrath. “We had recently been approached by the APW School District which was in need of nonperishable food items for its Backpack Program that provides food to students in need with food for weekends and holidays when they are unable to receive a school lunch. We thought that Robert and Elizabeth’s idea of A Night of Drinks and Dancing would be a perfect opportunity to help those who help others.”

“It was a great evening,” she continued. “The food items were donated to the APW School District Backpack Program, and the event raised more than $2,400 in support of United Way. Everyone enjoyed themselves and even the winner of our 50 / 50 drawing donated back their winnings. We are thankful for the support we receive from our small businesses and appreciative of the efforts of Robert and Elizabeth McGrath of The Clubhouse Tavern and the American Foundry for making this event possible and the many community members that joined us for a fun night that helped bring awareness to a great cause.”