L-R: Patty and Caralyn Bendetto, Kaitlee Benedetto, Teresa Woolson (President of VOW Foundation) and Thom Benedetto

The First Annual Oswego County Substance Awareness Family Education Fair winner of the Apple iPad Mini with Case and $10 iTunes Card, was presented to Kaitlee Benedetto, 18, of Parish. Kaitlee attended the SAFE Fair with her family.

“Patty and I would like to thank Teresa Woolson, and all of the volunteers for putting together such a wonderful event. Our family truly enjoyed ourselves and the fair was very informative. We admire Teresa. She has become a courageous leader when it comes to helping families educate themselves about substance abuse and safety issues. There’s no doubt this event is going to grow bigger and bigger, helping more families and children learn how to stay safe,” said Thom Benedetto, (R,C) Candidate for Oswego County Family Court Judge.

Kaitlee and other youth under 21 were eligible to enter for the drawing at the SAFE Fair, after visiting at least 4 exhibits with information on substances such as synthetic drugs, heroin, etc., as well as information on addiction, prevention and treatment. The event took place on Saturday, August 16th at the Mexico VFW with exhibitors such as the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department with Operation Safechild IDs, the Oswego County Drug Task Force with a display from the Fulton Police Department, the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office with the recently created Public Service Video, Lee Livermore of the Upstate Poison Control Center with an eye opening display of look-alike drugs and candy, Oswego County Opportunities with information on their Crisis Intervention and other programs, information from Farnham Family Services and COCOA (County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addiction), Karen Davies – Buckley with alternative options with Essential Oils, Kaitlin Robbins with United Health Care with insurance information, as well as the VOW Foundation with information on Synthetic Drugs and national publications on other substances.

“A key to prevention is education and we hope to host this event every year to help with the awareness and education of substances being used in Oswego County, as well as information on addiction and treatment options. We want to thank everyone who helped make this event a success,” said Teresa Woolson, President of the VOW Foundation.

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