Spots for OCO Retro Bowl fundraiser filling up fast

Team slots are disappearing quickly for this year’s OCO Retro Bowl, the annual bowling tournament fundraiser to benefit Oswego County Opportunities.

Retro Bowl takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

OCO holds this fundraiser every spring to help support its programs and services.

Registration is $100 per team (five bowlers).

Choice of flights is available on a first-come, first-served basis: Noon to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Businesses and individuals are invited to donate door prizes for the raffles and silent auction, and major sponsors are being solicited as well.

“This year’s proceeds will focus on ‘filling the empty plates’ of those who lack the resources to provide healthy meals for themselves and their families. We’re focusing on ways to reduce and eliminate hunger in Oswego County,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier.

“OCO is an anti-poverty agency, and it’s our mission to fight poverty in many forms — including the inability to afford or prepare nutritious meals,” she added.

The money supports existing services as well as help build financial resources for the community’s future.

Every level of support makes a difference, Cooper-Currier continued.

“At OCO, more than 90 cents of every dollar received goes right back out to help people. That’s much higher than the national average for nonprofits in the United States,” she said.

“You can give with confidence that your money is working hard to combat the forces of poverty and hunger close to home,” she said.

The 2014 OCO Retro Bowl is sponsored by “Making a Difference” Sponsor G&C Foods, and “Building Dreams” Sponsors NRG Oswego Harbor Power, LLC; Oswego County Federal Credit Union; POMCO; and the Walmart Foundation.

For registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, contact OCO at 598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at oco.org.

A private, nonprofit agency, OCO’s many programs touch the lives of more than 30,000 Oswego County residents each year.

One of Oswego County’s largest employers, OCO employs more than 600 people and boasts a volunteer force of 1,200.

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