Planning is Underway for the 5th Anniversary of the SAFE Fair
Preparations underway for the 5th Anniversary of the Oswego County SAFE Fair. This year’s Substance Awareness Family Education Fair will be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center at 26 East First Street in Oswego. The event has been growing and will now fill the new larger venue. The Fair will have free fun activities, craft projects, games and prizes, education and awareness – something for everyone. It is very important for both young and old to be educated on substances, addiction, prevention, support, treatment and healthy alternatives. “The epidemic continues at a crisis level with overdoses and deaths. Prevention and treatment needs are currently being met in a collaborative effort. I understand the urgent need. As a Member of the Oswego County Prevention Coalition, I know that our youth are using and trying these dangerous drugs and parents need to be aware of the signs, symptoms and prevention strategies, in addition to knowing the resources available in the community to help others,” said Teresa Woolson, President of VOW. The VOW Foundation has participated in several educational outreach activities since last year’s SAFE Fair including collaborations to host the Addiction Awareness Walk Event in Oswego and a Chasing the Dragon Event in Pulaski. VOW has participated in many safety events and Teresa Woolson has spoken to high school and college classes, as well as community agencies and groups. Teresa also leads the Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Team which meets monthly. Teresa is employed at Operation Oswego County, Inc. and a Member of Zonta Club of Oswego, participates on the Oswego County Suicide Prevention Coalition, the Board of COCOAA, and is on the Advisory Committee of the OCO Clubhouse Project. Teresa advocated in Washington in February for the SITSA Act, Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogs Act. More information on this proposed federal legislation will be provided at the Fair. NewsChannel 9’s Tammy Palmer will be on hand to Emcee our program. Speakers scheduled include representatives of the three Treatment Providers in Oswego County, Farnham Family Services, Inc., County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addiction (COCOAA) and Harbor Lights Chemical Dependency Services. Each will speak about their locations, treatment and prevention programs and services available, including new programs. Participating exhibitors will include a display by the VOW Foundation celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the SAFE Fair. This display will feature photos and news articles about the activities from the last 5 years and information about the State and Federal Legislation that the VOW Foundation and Woolson Family have advocated for over the years. Two Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablets will be given away at the SAFE Fair. Entry Cards are provided for each person to visit the table exhibits to qualify. Like last year, the Entry Cards ensure that participants received some education, filling eight spaces to validate their card. All participating exhibitors have some education to provide, from treatment options to healthy activities. Major sponsors for this year’s event include Exelon Generation, NewsChannel 9, Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club, Farnham Family Services, Inc., EJ Construction Group, Eastern Shore Associates, Jones Hacker Murphy LLP and Eagle Beverage. Watch for updates on participating organizations, additional sponsors and activities. Join the Event Page on Facebook for more details. For more information on the event, to donate raffle basket or to volunteer, please contact Teresa Woolson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text at (315) 402-6119.