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May 13, 2005

Oswego P&C Teams Up with Oswego Speedway to Help Child Advocacy Center

OSWEGO -- The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County will be the beneficiary of P&C Foods' fifth annual Caring for Children campaign. P&C Foods in Oswego will kick off its campaign over Memorial Day weekend. Children are invited to stop at the store on State Route 104 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 28 to sign their name on a car that will compete in the Oswego Speedway's annual Demolition Derby.

The first 200 children to sign their name on the car will receive a free ticket to the demolition derby June 4 at the Oswego Speedway on state Route 104 East.

"We like to get involved with charitable organizations that help the children in our community," said Steve Pryor from the Oswego Speedway. "We have programs for children here at the speedway and we also work with area school districts. When we heard what the Child Advocacy Center does for children and how important their services are, we wanted to help them out."

The Child Advocacy Center offers accommodations for investigating and interviewing, therapeutic services, case coordination, and victim support. The support received from P&C and the community helps the center continue its mission of assisting the members of the multidisciplinary team protect and serve the children of Oswego County.

P&C stores in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski participate in the Caring for Children Campaign by hosting a variety of activities throughout the month of June to raise funds for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County. Customers will be able to purchase a special $1 or $5 coupon at the cash register to raise funds for the Child Advocacy Center. For each donation, customers will receive special coupons for discounts on popular products. The donations will be used to fund child abuse prevention programs within the community.

An initiative of the Penn Traffic Company, the parent company of P&C foods, the goal of the Caring for Children Campaign is to help break the silence by raising awareness of child abuse and neglect and raising funds for child abuse prevention programs. The campaign helps protect children and families by raising community awareness of the problem of child abuse and neglect and raising money to help support local child abuse prevention organizations.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to help child advocacy and abuse prevention programs break the cycle of abuse through education and awareness programs," said Mary Anne Hankins, Director of Consumer and Public Affairs for The Penn Traffic Company, which operates 57 P&C stores in central and upstate New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. "We are counting on the tremendous generosity of our customers and the dedication of our employees to help make Caring for Children in 2005 even more successful than last year's campaign."

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center or the multidisciplinary team, call the center at 59 - CHILD.

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