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September 18, 2018

United Way Salutes Volunteers, Presents Awards


OSWEGO – The United Way of Greater Oswego County held its Salute to Volunteers and Leadership Giving Luncheon Wednesday at The American Foundry.

Mark Dufore displays his award Wednesday. He is flanked by Clark Stanton, left, and Patrick Dewine.

Mark Dufore displays his award Wednesday. He is flanked by Clark Stanton, left, and Patrick Dewine.

The Outstanding Special Event award was presented to Dufores Jewelry. The award notices a collaborator who has for a period of time established an event that brings significance to the organization through awareness or annual giving.

“This year’s recipient of the Special Event award goes to a local business that has been a prominent figure in our community for more than 60 years. The have contributed a source of pride and community in the downtown (Oswego) area,” said Rob Rolfe of the United Way Board.

Each holiday season, they create a stunning piece of jewelry that is donated to benefit the United Way’s annual campaign.

Since the DuFore Diamond Raffle began about 11 years ago, it has raised almost 417,000 for the United Way, Rolfe pointed out.

Burritt Motors was the recipient of the Spirit of Community award.

The honor is given to the organization that demonstrates a strong commitment to improving the quality of life in Oswego County.

They started a relationship with United Way in 2001 as hole sponsor the annual golf tournament, board president-elect Clark Stanton said.

Chris Burritt, seated second from right, is joined by representatives of Burritt Motors and the United Way following Wednesday's meeting.

Chris Burritt, seated second from right, is joined by representatives of Burritt Motors and the United Way following Wednesday’s meeting.

“Since then, they have become an annual contributor to our annual campaign, collaborated with us through the Stuff-A-Bus program, increased their support in our golf tournament to major sponsorship level as well as the hole-in-one sponsor,” he said. “This equates to more than $40,000 that has directly impacted people of Oswego County in need.”

They also lead the charge for last year’s United Way Day of Caring. They transformed an over-grown yard with a rundown barn into a landscaped haven for residents of a group home, he added.

“We focus on results,” Patrick Dewine, executive director, explained. “Reaching out into the community; hitting the three major areas of helping children and youth succeed, health and well being, and ending hunger are our primary focus.”

“As we move forward, we want to be sure that we provide results for our neighbors, friends and families who are in need,” he told the crowd of supporters at the Foundry. “There is so much comfort in seeing the kindness and generosity of Oswego County.”

For more information on the United Way’s programs or to volunteer, call your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

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