Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – Supporters of the United Way of Greater Oswego County filled the Parish Center of St. Joseph’s Church in Oswego as the community came together to enjoy a delicious meal of soup, salad and breads at the United Way’s “Stone Soup” Holiday Luncheon.
The United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon provides member agencies and their employees with an opportunity to get together and share a meal with the staff and board members of the United Way as well as community members who proudly support the efforts of the United Way.
“Our Stone Soup Holiday Luncheon was a great success, with more than 150 people in attendance we raised more than $1,500 and collected hundreds of food items for our local food pantries. I want to thank the community members who attended, and our many caring sponsors who donated the food for our 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, and Key Bank Oswego,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County.
Additionally, Luber said that monetary donations from the Oswego Lions Club, Oswego Rotary International, and Boilermakers Union Local #5, combined with food drives and donations from Oswego Health, 24-Hour Record Retriever & Abstract, Inc., Oswego Price Chopper, Shapiro Motors, and Realty USA contributed to the event’s success.
“The desire of our committee members, chairperson Aaron Thorpe, Shawn Seale, Helen Hoefer, Marion Ciciarelli and Deb Deeb; our many volunteers who helped prepare, serve and clean up after the event, and St. Joseph’s Church for hosting the event in their Parish Center, is a excellent example of the United Way’s Live United theme and their dedication to their community,” added Luber.
All proceeds from the event, along with the food donations will be donated to food pantries throughout Oswego County.