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Zonta Club of Oswego aids OCO SAF Program

Zonta Club of Oswego presented OCO Services to Aid Families (SAF) Program a check for $6,000 in support of its work to raise awareness of domestic violence in Oswego County and provide services to survivors of domestic abuse. The check represents the proceeds from the fourth annual Witches Ball, coupled with a contribution from the club.

“We are so humbled by the continued community support of the Witches Ball,” said Planning Committee Co-Chairperson Tammy Elowsky. “While the COVID-19 pandemic was putting an end to so many in-person events, we knew that we had to find a way to host our annual Witches Ball as it raises much needed funds for OCO’s SAF program.”

Elowsky, Co-chairperson Christina Vasquez, and their committee made this year’s Witches Ball a combination live and virtual event that included an interactive movie night at the Midway Drive-In and a number of online contests. It proved to be a creative idea that received plenty of community support.

Vasquez (left) and Elowsky (right) are pictured here presenting the check for the proceeds to SAF Community Response Coordinator Stacie France.

“We at Zonta extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Witches Ball as well as our many caring and community minded businesses that helped make the event possible including our Mission Sponsor Novelis, Pathfinder Bank, Law Offices of Lou Anne Lucynski-Coleman, and Oswego County OB-GYN.” 

“The work that SAF does complements our vision of a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and that every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence,” added Elowsky. “The Zonta Club has supported SAF in many ways over the years. We were thrilled and grateful for the response we received this year and are hopeful that our Witches Ball will return as an in-person event in 2021. With the support we receive from those attending the event, and our caring, community minded sponsors, our vision can become a reality.”

“We are so appreciative of the Zonta Club of Oswego and all it does for the victims and survivors that we serve,” said France. “Zonta’s contributions allow SAF to meet the needs that other funding sources cannot and makes such a positive impact on the safety and well-being of individuals and families we serve. We are thankful for the support we receive from the Zonta Club of Oswego and the amazing effort they put forth this year to continue the tradition of the Witches Ball.”

For more information on Zonta, including membership inquiries, contact them via email at or visit Zonta Club of Oswego on Facebook. 

If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, please call the Crisis Hotline at (315) 342-1600. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and is free and confidential.

Scenes from OCO's Annual Meeting April 9, 2019

Circles of Security changed our lives
Circles of Security is topic of Annual Meeting guest speakers
Congratulations to Whelahan Award winner
Diane Cooper-Currier and Ron Darrow
Finance Director recognized for service
Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award presented to John Zanewych
New Board Members welcomed
OCO Ex Dir Diane Cooper-Currier and retiring Board of Directors Treasurer Ron Darrow