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June 3, 2005

Oswego P&C Food and Pharmacy Will Host 'Party in the Parking Lot' June 12

OSWEGO -- The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County will participate in P&C Food and Pharmacy's fifth annual Caring for Children campaign, which 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.

P&C Food and Pharmacy stores in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski will participate in the Caring for Children campaign by hosting a variety of activities to raise funds for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.

All children and their families are invited to take part in the free "Party in the Parking Lot" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at the Oswego P& C Store, 137 state Route 104. Kids will have a chance to win free prizes and compete in a variety of fun activities, including a hula hoop contest, egg toss, basketball shootout, dunking booth, and duck pond. There will be a race car on display. A disc jockey will provide entertainment. Refreshments will be available.

"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 59 P&Cs in central and northern 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."

"The Child Advocacy Center is pleased to participate in the Caring for Children campaign," said CAC director Olivia VanSanford. "Throughout the campaign, which begins June 5 and ends June 25, customers will be able to purchase Caring for Children $1 or $5 donation cards at the cash register at any P&C store. For each donation customers will receive special 'thank you' coupons for discounts on popular products. The donations will be used to fund child abuse prevention programs within the community. The Child Advocacy Center will benefit from the donations made at the P&C stores in Oswego County."

VanSanford noted that the goal of the campaign is to "help break the silence" by raising awareness of child abuse and neglect and raising funds for child abuse prevention programs in our communities.

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.

For more information on the Child Advocacy Center or the multidisciplinary victim support team, you may contact them at 59 - CHILD.

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