Established more than 52 years ago OCO offers more than 50 different human services programs that serve over 20,000 people annually. These programs strive to eliminate the impact of poverty and increase the quality of life in Oswego County. That, combined with a staff of more than 500 employees, makes OCO one of the most vital organizations in Oswego County.
OCO’s Giving Thanks event serves as a vehicle to highlight its many programs and services and as a fundraiser to ensure that OCO will be able to maintain and continue to make these programs and services available.
“This year’s Giving Thanks celebration supports OCO’s ‘Success4Families’ campaign, which will help fund a variety of services that feed, clothe and house families in need as well as empower, support and equip families for success,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. “Families come in all shapes and sizes, and with all kinds of members. Whatever their makeup, OCO’s mission is to help them become strong, safe and healthy, and improve the quality of life in our communities.”
In keeping with its theme of giving thanks the event will feature an assortment of autumn inspired food and refreshments. Food stations throughout the venue will offer attendees the opportunity to enjoy harvest season delicacies courtesy of area restaurants including; Alex’s on the Water, Canale’s Restaurant, La Parrilla, The Press Box, Mimi’s Drive-In, The Eis House, GS Steamers, and Tailwater Lodge. Additional stations will offer choices from CiTi Culinary Arts, Appledale Orchards, and OCO Nutrition Services. Wine and beer samples from Eagle Beverage will pair with the foods featured at each station.
In addition to the tempting variety of food and beverages the planning committee has put together several prize packages that attendees can take a chance at winning. A Cayuga Wine Trail Holiday Shopping Spree for two complete with a one night stay at the Gould Hotel in Seneca Falls, dinner, continental breakfast, and transportation to 10 wineries; an Evening Out in Oswego package that includes two tickets for the Oswego Lighthouse tour, a gift certificate for dinner, a $100 gift certificate for the Beacon Hotel and a $50 and a gift basket; and a Go SU! package that includes two prime location seats behind the player’s bench for an SU basketball game, parking pass, and a gift certificate for dinner.
“This year’s Giving Thanks celebration promises to be an exciting event,” said OCO Development Coordinator Bridget Dolbear. “We even have some exceptional entertainment for the evening; singer / guitarist Gary Carpenter from “The Voice” will perform from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.”
“To add to the wonderful support we have received from area restaurants and business, several community-minded businesses and individuals have signed on as official sponsors for our Giving Thanks celebration,” continued Dolbear. “Excelon and National Grid have signed on as Gold Level sponsors, and Community Bank, Richard S. Shineman Foundation, One Group, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, and NRG are all Silver Level sponsors. We’re grateful for their generosity and proud to count them among our community partners.”
OCO Giving Thanks fundraiser will be held Friday, November 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Lake Ontario Convention, Event and Conference Center, 26 East First Street in Oswego. Advance sale tickets are $35 per person, $40 per person at the door and include food, refreshments, and beverage tastings. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.oco.org or contact Bridget Dolbear at 315-598-4717, ext. 1082.