The planning for this year’s SAFE Fair is well underway. “Pathfinder Bank has continually supported this event from the beginning, we couldn’t be more pleased with the increase this year,” said Teresa Woolson, President of VOW. The Substance Awareness Family Education Fair will be held on Sunday, April 30th at the Oswego Elks Lodge, located at 132 West Fifth Street in Oswego. The Vice President of VOW and Sponsorship Chair, Karen Perwitz, introduced sponsorship levels this year of Gold, Silver & Bronze to help increase sponsorship amounts to help with this year’s event. Pathfinder Bank is a Gold Sponsor of this year’s event.
“We are proud to support the VOW Foundation and their dedication to educating our youth on the dangers of substance abuse while providing services for those in need. The organization is a true benefit to Oswego County’s continued effort to reduce the negative impact of illegal drugs in our communities,” said Michael Quenville, Vice President, Business Relationship Manager at Pathfinder Bank in Oswego.
Again this year, there will be an Apple iPod Touch given away, along with a family 4-pack of tickets to the Oswego Childrens’ Museum and a $50 Restaurant Gift Certificate for qualifying entries. To qualify an entry, one must visit a number of exhibits for education. “We want to make sure everyone visits the informational displays and interact with the professionals, ” according to Teresa Woolson, VOW President. Speakers are being confirmed for a well-rounded day of education, activities and fun for the whole family.
This is a free family event with something for all ages. Plan to spend the afternoon at the Fair browsing the many exhibits, learning about different types of drugs, what addiction looks like, how to talk to your family, how to help others, where to find treatment, options for treatment and support, alternative to drugs and hope for the future. In addition, there will be games, simulations, activities, crafts, prizes and raffles.
The VOW Foundation would like to thank two new sponsor of this year’s event, Fulton Savings Bank and BioSpherix, Ltd, both at the Bronze Level. In-Kind Sponsors include News Channel 9, Mystic Music Entertainment Services and the Oswego Elks Lodge. Additional sponsors are anticipated. For more information, to sponsor, donate or volunteer, please contact Teresa Woolson at (315) 402-6119.
Michael Quenville, VP Business Relationship Manager at Pathfinder Bank with Teresa Woolson, President of the VOW Foundation
Pathfinder Bank Increases Annual
Support of the SAFE Fair
Speakers Announced for the SAFE Fair
This year’s SAFE Fair will include a program of speakers with topics around the heroin crisis, community services and Hope for Recovery. Key Note Speaker will be Penny Morley, Prevention Director at Farnham Family Services.
SAFE Fair Program
12:30 – Welcome by Teresa Woolson, VOW President
Michelle Stepien, NYS Senator Ritchie’s Office
1:00 – Key Note Speaker Penny Morley,
Prevention Director at Farnham Family Services
1:30 – U.S. Congressman John Katko
2:00 – Gregory Oakes, Oswego County D.A. and Coroner
2:30 – NYS Assemblyman William Barclay
3:00 – Recovery Story
4:30 – Drawings (Raffles, Final Color & Bookmark
& Apple iPad Mini II)
Prizes include tickets to the Children’s Museum of Oswego County (provided by CMOO) for Coloring Entries, along with Gift Cards for the Bookmark Design & Coloring Entries. Prizes will be drawn several times during the day. Those 21 and under may enter to win an Apple iPad Mini II with case by visiting 8 exhibits to learn more about substances abused, addiction, how to prevent it and help others, where to find treatment and support services, along with alternative options to drugs. A second place prize will be a gift card.
Free Face Painting will be provided by Charlene Himple and Angela Coville. Hailey Thompson will create free balloon twists. Additional free carnival type games will be on hand with small prizes for each. This event is free for all ages and the Elks Lodge will have food available for purchase.
Participating Exhibitors include the Oswego County STOP DWI Program (Bob Lighthall will be on hand with several simulation activities around distracted driving, marijuana and alcohol impairment), Oswego County Drug Task Force, County of Oswego Council On Alcohol and Addictions (COCOAA), Farnham Family Services, Oswego County Opportunities with their Services to Aid Families, Health Education and OPTIONS programs, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, New Justice Conflict Resolution Services, Oswego County Health Department, Prevention Network, Oswego Fire Department, Oswego County Prevention Coalition and Youth Creating Change Coalition, Julie A. Fischer Healing Arts, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office with Operation Safe Child, Addiction Awareness Group, Al-Anon for Families, Al-Anon for Teens, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Crafting for a Cure, Catholic Charities, Harbor Lights, YL Essential Oils and the VOW Foundation.
The VOW Foundation would like to thank the following who have generously donated products or gift certificates for the raffles: Wayne Drugs of Oswego, Wal-Mart of Granby, SUNY Lifestyles, Julie A. Fischer Healing Arts, Oswego County Opportunities, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Cori Welch, SAVE CNY, Cutting Crew, Children’s Museum of Oswego, Lowes Home Improvement, NY Nails, Oswego Cinema, Cam’s Pizzeria, Bridge Street Pizza & More, Lighthouse Lanes, Aces Up Trading Post, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, River’s End Bookstore, and the Comic Shop. Additional donations are coming in and will be posted on our event page.
Sponsors for this year’s event include Farnham Family Services, EJ Construction Group, Honorable William Barclay, Pathfinder Bank, Oswego Elks Lodge, Carolyn A. Rush and NewsChannel 9. This free family event will be held at the Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 West 5th Street in Oswego on Sunday, April 24th from Noon to 5 p.m.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Teresa Woolson, President of the VOW Foundation at (315) 402-6119.