Photo L-R: Teresa Woolson (President of VOW Foundation), Sawyer Oakes (6) and Avery Oakes (9)

The First Annual Oswego County Substance Awareness Family Education Fair winner of the Apple iPod with Case, Ear Buds and two $10 iTunes Cards, was presented to Sawyer Oakes, 6, of Parish. Sawyer and Avery Oakes attended the SAFE Fair with their family, Karen and Greg Oakes. “Congratulations and thanks to the Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation for this great event and for all the work you do to spread awareness of these important issues in our community!” said Karen Oakes, Sawyer’s mother.

“This event was made possible with the support of many sponsors, such as Pathfinder Bank, Farnham Family Services, EJ Construction, Longhouse Construction, Whitacre Engineering Company, Carolyn Rush, Assemblyman Will Barclay, Jennifer O’Reilly, Walmart Oswego and a mini-grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.”

“In addition to the many sponsors of this event, I’d like to thank the local businesses and community members who donated gifts and gift certificates: Jreck Subs, The Comic Shop, Maida’s Florist, TJ Maxx, Bridge Street Pizza & More, Azteca Mexican Grill, Unique Hair Shoppe, Pizza Hut Fulton, Otto’s Diner, Cathy’s Cafe, Paul’s Big M Oswego, A Touch of Grace, Zoom Tan, Aces Up, Upstate Poison Center, Essential Oils, Carol Knopp, Joelle Gould, Candice Loadwick, Angela Coville, Barry & Sarah Gauger, John & Carol Knopp, Dave Spencer, Carnivore’s BBQ, Knotweed Farms, Mexico VFW Post 369, and Joanie Waterman. Thank you to, The Palladium Times and Oswego County weeklies for publishing our event and Newschannel 9 for having me on their Weekend Show with Tammy Palmer and on Bridge Street.” said Teresa Woolson.

Planning for next year’s event will begin soon. The 2nd Annual Event may be scheduled for May or June while school is in session, in order to reach more youth and families. The VOW Foundation is a non–profit charitable organization, more information can be found on our website