Assemblyman Will Barclay supports the SAFE Fair

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     L-R:  NYS Assemblyman Will Barclay and Teresa Woolson (President of VOW Foundation)

Assemblyman Will Barclay supports the SAFE Fair


“I’m pleased to be a part of the Substance Awareness Family Education fair. Teresa Woolson has become an advocate for all to take an active part in educating themselves about substance abuse.  I’m hopeful that this fair will reach more families to inform them about being safe. With her help, I’m also advocating in Albany to strengthen our state laws against synthetic drugs through legislation,” said Barclay.

Assemblyman Barclay joins Farnham Family Services, Pathfinder Bank, EJ Construction, Longhouse Construction Group, LLC, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Carolyn Rush and Jennifer O’Reilly in ensuring that the VOW Foundation’s message reaches all those in attendance.  Local businesses and interested parties who donated gifts and gift certificates will be highlighted at the Fair and on our website.

This FREE family friendly event will be held this Saturday, August 16th from 12 Noon to 5 pm. at the Mexico VFW on State Route 3 in Mexico.

An Apple IPAD Mini and Apple IPOD Touch will be given away.  To be eligible to win these special prizes, youth under 21 visit at least 4 exhibits with special punch cards.  In addition, there will be many door prizes, the Sheriff’s Department with their Operation Safe Child ID Kits, a member of the Oswego County Drug Task Force will be on hand, along with Upstate New York Poison Control and information on a variety of drugs, addiction and prevention.  Carnival-types games, music and food will start at Noon with door prizes all day and karaoke from 3-5 pm.  Drinks and snacks will be available for sale.  Raffles winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m.  All proceeds benefit the non-profit organization The Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation, Inc. (VOW Foundation) to help save lives.

A complete list of sponsors, donations and updates can be found on our website and our facebook page  For donations or questions, please contact VOW President, Teresa Woolson, at (315) 402-6119.

Farnham Family Services to help Sponsor the Oswego County SAFE Fair

Farnham Family Services to help Sponsor the Oswego County SAFE Fair


From left are: Teresa Woolson, president of VOW Foundation, and Jeanne Unger, executive director of Farnham Family Services

We are delighted to be able to help sponsor the SAFE (Substance Awareness Family Education) FairThis is an amazing opportunity for families to have a FREE, fun filled time together while also becoming more aware about safety through education and awareness.  The variety of vendors, food and activities guarantee a successful event for all concerned and we are proud to assist VOW in this community event,” said Jeanne Unger, Executive Director of Farnham Family Services.

Farnham Family Services is a not-for-profit, organization that helps people with substance use and behavioral health disorders by providing high quality, skilled outpatient treatment and prevention services available to all residents of Oswego and surrounding counties.  Services are licensed by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.  Farnham Family Services has offices located in the cities of Oswego and Fulton.

The First Annual Oswego County SAFE Fair will include music by DJ Dave Spencer, Karaoke by J&C Knopp Karaoke, Carnival-Type Games, Raffles, Door Prizes, Food, Snacks, 50/50, along with exhibits and information on substances, treatment and prevention.  This is a free family event for all ages with a special drawing for youth under 21 who visit at least 4 exhibits. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th at the Mexico VFW Post 369 on Scenic Avenue in Mexico from Noon to 5:00 p.m.



The VOW Foundation is a non-profit organization named in honor of Victor Orlando Woolson who died in 2012 from a fatal reaction to synthetic drugs.  For more information, please contact Teresa Woolson, President of the VOW Foundation, at (315) 402-6119.

Pathfinder Bank to Sponsor the Oswego County SAFE Fair


Left to Right:  Karen Perwitz (VP of VOW Foundation), Teresa Woolson (Pres. of VOW Foundation) and Michael Quenville (Vice President, Business Relationship Manager, Pathfinder Bank)


Pathfinder Bank to Sponsor the Oswego County SAFE Fair

The VOW Foundation announces Pathfinder Bank as a Silver Sponsor for the First Annual Oswego County Substance Awareness Family Education Fair to be held on August 16th at the Mexico VFW.   With a partner like Pathfinder Bank, as a Silver Sponsor, local community events are made possible.

Additional Sponsors to date include Carolyn A. Rush, Teresa Woolson and J&C Knopp Karaoke.  In addition, The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services awarded a $200 Mini-Grant for the event.

Exhibitors to date include Oswego County Opportunities Crisis & Development Services,  Medicaid and Family Health Plus, Therapeutic Alternatives to Drugs with Essential Oils, and The VOW Foundation with information concerning the dangers of Synthetic Drugs/Bath Salts and other substances.  Additional exhibitors are pending.

Food, provided by Carnivores BBQ, will include a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Salt Potatoes, Cole Slaw and a bottle of Water for $10.  Advance sale dinner tickets are available.

This FREE family fun event also includes music by DJ Dave Spencer and karaoke by J&K Knopp Karaoke, carnival games, raffles and door prizes.  Youth under 21 will be given a special entry form for a large prize, to be eligible to enter they must visit at least 4 exhibits to learn more about drug use, prevention and treatment. 

Donations are being solicited for raffles and prizes. For more information, to purchase dinner tickets, volunteer, donate or sponsor the event, please contact VOW President Teresa Woolson at (315) 402-6119.



First Annual Oswego County S.A.F.E. Fair, hosted by the VOW Foundation, receives Mini-Grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau

First Annual Oswego County S.A.F.E. Fair, hosted by the VOW Foundation, receives Mini-Grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau


The Oswego-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services awarded a $200 Mini-Grant to the VOW Foundation for the First Annual Oswego County Substance Awareness Family Education Fair to be held on August 16, 2014, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Mexico VFW.  The grant is being used to rent a large tent for this event to house games and other outdoor activities.


This free event will have information for all ages, as well as entertainment, raffles, music by DJ Dave Spence, karaoke by J&K Knopp, food, games and prizes.

Dinners will be provided by Carnivores BBQ and include a Pulled Pork Sandwich, Salt Potatoes, Cole Slaw and Bottled Water for $10.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from VOW Foundation Board Members Teresa Woolson (315-402-6119), Karen Perwitz (315-256-3455), Sarah Gauger (315-592-1606) or Lisa LaPrate (315-396-4357) or email at


     A complete list of our sponsors and details of the event can be found on our website, and our facebook page at


The VOW Foundation was formed in 2013, named in honor of Victor Orlando Woolson who had a fatal reaction to synthetic drugs.  This organization is dedicated to educate and advocate about synthetic drugs in Oswego County and NYS.

FREE fun event for all ages. Everyone has the chance to walk away with a prize!

The Vow Foundation is hosting a FREE fun-filled event for all ages!

Everyone has a chance to win a prize!

Substance Awareness Family Education (S.A.F.E.) FAIR

HOSTED by The VOW Foundation 

Helping to make Oswego County a safer community

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 This event is going to be so much fun!

The purpose of this fair is to support our efforts to help keep people safe, by providing free education and information while offering food, free entertainment, and games/activities for the kids!

The Oswego County Sheriff’s Department will be there to help you make safe child ID cards for FREE!

There are many prizes offered via several different drawings (including a BIG special drawing for the children), guaranteed game rewards, as well as several desirable items that will be raffled off by placing tickets in the jar beside the item you want to win. (If you will not be present for the drawing, you may leave your contact information on your ticket).

Get your groove on out on the dance floor or show off your musical skills during karaoke!

Free admission, dinners are $10.00 and games require special tickets (available at a low, reasonable price). Every player wins a prize! Winners prizes may be of greater value than participant prizes. Prizes vary per game.  We have received a grant for a large tent outside for games in case of rain which will also provide some nice shade!


There will also be several informational tables to visit inside the VFW. Every child who visits at least 4 tables will be entered into a drawing for either an Apple Ipod Touch or an Apple Ipad Mini! Children receive a punch card, acquire one punch from four tables of their choice, enter their required information on the stub (for statistical and contact information), and are entered into the drawing!


Dinner ticket stubs will be entered into several door prize drawings. (You must purchase a dinner to be entered into the door prize drawings). You simply fill out your information on the stub and you will be contacted if you win - you do not need to be present to win a door prize either!

If you are interested in the delicious pulled-pork dinner you can order your tickets pre-sale by contacting The VOW Foundation’s founder, board member and president, Teresa Woolson, at (315) 402-6119. This pre-sale order helps us get an idea of how many dinners we should order.

This fair will be so much fun for people of all ages! 

Don’t worry about the music being too loud for the kids to enjoy themselves – games are outside and music is inside.

Don’t have kids and are worried you won’t have anything to do? Stop in and support our cause by purchasing a dinner while enjoying the free entertainment!

Don’t have any money? Stop by to hear our story, enjoy some music and walk away knowing that your visit was sincerely appreciated by members of The VOW Foundation, as well as all of Victor Orlando Woolson’s friends and family.

Victor died from a fatal reaction to synthetic drugs. The VOW Foundation was formed and named, using his initials, in his honor. We are determined to get the word out about these dangerous poisons and help prevent more people from having permanent or even fatal reactions from these man-made chemicals sprayed on leaves.

Please spread the word about the S.A.F.E. Fair; we would like to reach as many people as possible.

Don’t miss out on this fun-filled event!

*People of every county are encouraged to stop by!*


Pathfinder Bank

Pathfinder Logo

Longhouse Construction, LLC


Farnham Family Services


Assemblyman Will Barclay

J&C Knopp Karaoke

Carolyn A. Rush

Jennifer O’Reilly

Carnivores BBQ

Dave Spencer DJ


In addition, the Oswego County Youth Bureau and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services awarded a Mini-Grant for the tent to use for this event!

Can you volunteer??

Can you donate raffle prizes?

Or maybe you have a few small things that could be used as game prizes?

Do you have any special skills for activity ideas like face painting or self-defense skill training lessons you could teach kids?

Any skills/ideas are welcome and appreciated! If you think you have an idea, a skill, or items we could use for game-play or prizes, OR if you can volunteer, fill out this short contact form:

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If you would like to volunteer at the fundraiser you may also reach us by any of the previously mentioned methods.  As of this moment we are in need of raffle monitors, people to run games and hand out prizes, dinner servers & cleanup crew. We will need many people to help out! Anyone  (age 14 and older) is welcome to volunteer.

Please spread the word! We are hoping for a positive turnout! (Donations are also accepted at the event or here at our donations page).

Thank you all for how much you have done to support our missions:

Raising awareness about synthetic drugs


Helping to make Oswego County a safer community.

We have already come so far. Thanks to YOUR help, of course.

Keep up the good work! It means the world to all of us!

Our First Fundraiser was a Great Success!

The VOW Foundation held our first fundraising event on Saturday, May 17, 2014. 

Chicken dinners consisted of a chicken BBQ dinner, complete with 1/2 chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, and a roll.

Tickets were sold at only $10 each per complete dinner.

Donations of a dollar or more were rewarded with a free keychain and an opportunity to sign up to be added to our sponsor’s list on our Donations Website! We received $35.00 in donations and gained a few more sponsors.

We were able to meet our goal and were sold out of dinners an hour before the event was over! It was a great success!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and supported our cause. We are forever grateful to loyal followers and sponsors like YOU!

We could not be successful in our missions without your assistance.

Please take a moment to look through our pictures taken at this event:

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Our BILL is up for VOTE NOW!!!

The legislative bill that we have been advocating so diligently toward getting passed is up for vote in the Health Committee!

We desperately need your help to raise awareness that this is an urgent matter!


Dear Friends,

All you need to do is write an email and send it out to the members provided below. Here is a sample email that you can copy if you are unsure of what to write:

Dear Member,

I urge you to vote YES to Legislative Bill A.6971 regarding Synthetic Drugs.

This is an important health concern all over our state and country.

***Please put your name and address at the end of the email.***


Thank you for your help!

VOW Foundation


Email Addresses for Assemblypersons, Health Committee:


Our Albany Trip

We had a very successful trip to Albany on March 4, 2014.


It was Advocacy day – and both the Legislative building and the Capitol building were packed with so many people!! It was nice to see other people and organizations fight for a cause like we are trying to do.

We spoke to various Senate and Assembly members and their staff about the dangers of Synthetic Drugs and the bill we are trying to push. One member told us that he thought the synthetic epidemic was over – he didn’t know it was still a problem. Our presentation was an eye opener for him.

Many of the people we spoke to were interested and supportive of what we had to say.  A few meetings had to unfortunately be with interns who are going to relay the big points of our presentation to the members for us. One meeting did not go as expected and was discouraging.

We were interviewed by a news reporter and given a tour of the beautiful Capitol building. There we were introduced on the floor of the Assembly. We had our pictures taken. We were given special courteous treatment from Will Barclay and his assistant.

While we were there we were also able to capture some breathtaking photos of the capitol building.


Take a moment to check out the photos

of our trip below:

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Dear Readers,

My name is Angela Coville. I am a Board Member of The Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation. Most relevantly, I am Victor’s oldest sister.

After my baby brother’s death, I was flooded with grief. I stopped doing the things I enjoyed and withdrew myself from social activities. I didn’t know how I would ever recover. A year went by and a close friend of mine suggested that I go back to school for something I would enjoy and I took the opportunity.

In October 2013, I enrolled in an online college in pursuit of obtaining my Bachelor Degree in Information Technology. I chose this field because I love using technology and I love design. I was able to take Photoshop courses within my program to expand my design skills. After obtaining these new abilities, I now had a way to help out with my mother’s foundation. (I also bought a new camera and have just recently expanded my own amateur photography hobby as well! With my new Photoshop talent editing is a breeze – and it is also fun)!

There was no available funding for designs last year, and we desperately needed marketing materials. I can proudly say that my first project was the creation of the logo for The Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation! I decided to keep going and to use my talents to create several more items for the organization. I also designed the web banner, the business cards, two different informative brochures, a birthday memorial card for friends and family of Victor, and I am currently working on blog updates. I decided to donate all of my time and hard work.

Somehow through the tragedy of my brother’s death, I was able to find positive, interesting, and constructive ways to assist me through my grief process. Starting this foundation has helped my family by serving as an outlet for our overwhelming feelings. We want to make a difference in the lives of others.

To those who are grieving:

Try to find a tiny spark shining through the darkness that surrounds you. It may not be far away. In fact, it may be inside of you fighting to come out. Put your feelings, along with the love and heartache you feel, into a way to help others. You could even start your own non-profit business or join a cause you feel passionately about! Don’t let the fire burning within you go to waste. Getting back up on your feet and embracing your future is exactly what your loved one would want you to do.


Comments/Questions Welcome!


Thank you for reading,


ADVOCATING & ASSISTING: Raising awareness about the dangers of synthetic drugs and helping youth in Oswego County