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May 18, 2009

Area Businesses Are Generous in their Support of Fort Drum Families

Mary Ellen Barbeau of the Oswego County Tourism Office (left) presents Heather Sutton three large gift baskets of items donated by Oswego County businesses for the Officers Spouses Club at Fort Drum.

FORT DRUM -- Thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and tourism attractions, Oswego County was well-represented at this spring's Women's Conference sponsored by the Officers Spouses Club at Fort Drum.

For the past two years the Oswego County Tourism Office has participated in the conference by coordinating donations of gifts baskets and providing marketing materials to the Fort Drum community.

“This effort helps to make the soldiers and their families at Fort Drum more aware of Oswego County's fantastic recreational resources,” said Janet Clerkin, Tourism and Public Information Coordinator for the county Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “The support we have received from our local tourism partners is both humbling and gratifying. Several organizations stepped forward to donate valuable gift certificates, coupons and other items.”

All proceeds will be distributed by the Officers Spouses Club to projects that benefit children and families at Fort Drum.

“The weekend was a huge success and the three baskets donated from Oswego County had lots and lots of raffle tickets in their bags when I went to pull the winners!” said Heather Sutton, chair of the Officers Spouses Club fundraising committee. “I cannot thank you and Oswego County enough. I am already starting to get excited about 2010!”

The following businesses and organizations made donations to the Fort Drum project:

Wholesale Homes, Central Square; Canale's Restaurant, Oswego; North Shore Oil, Central Square; Maple View Family Restaurant, Maple View, Sandy Creek Diner, Sandy Creek; Steelhead Lodge, Pulaski; Rainbow Trout Lodge, Oswego; Yankee Fly and Tackle, Pulaski; K and G Lodge, Oswego; High Adventure Sportfishing and Lake Ontario Outdoors, Pulaski; River Edge Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Pennellville; Friends of Mexico Point Park, Mexico; Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground, Mexico; Pulaski Historical Society, Pulaski; Oswego County Historical Society, Oswego; Half-Shire Historical Society, Richland; H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego; Safe Haven Museum, Oswego; and Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego.

The county Tourism Office also distributes a list of the many businesses in Oswego County that provide military discounts to soldiers. The list is posted on the county Web site. Businesses who would like to included may contact the Tourism Office at 349-8322, or by .

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