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.

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

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



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 This event is going to be so much fun. We are trying to help keep people safe providing free education and information while offering food, entertainment and games/activities for the kids! There are many prizes offered in drawings and for playing games as well as several desirable raffled items. Get your groove on on the dance floor or show off your skills during karaoke! Free admission, dinners are $10.00 and games require special tickets. 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 also provides some nice shade!

There will also be several informational tables to visit inside the VFW. Incentives offered to those who visit every table.

If you are interested in the delicious pulled-pork dinner you can order your tickets pre-sale. This helps us get an idea of how many dinners we should order.

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!

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,


It’s Time to Act Now!!

Your HELP is NOW needed in the war on Synthetics: the poisons that are still being packaged and sold under false labels. These Synthetics are KILLING and permanently injuring many people all over our country! An effective long-term legislation was introduced in 2013 that needs the public’s help to move through Albany into NYS law.

The Bill:

The proposed Legislation is currently in the Health Committee of the New York State Senate (S5401) and Assembly (A6971). These bills mirror each other and relate to synthetic cannabinoid, synthetic cannabinoid analog and substituted cathinones and prohibiting the production and sale thereof.  This bill was introduced by Assemblyman Barclay and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Oaks.  In the Senate, Sponsors include Senators Ritchie, Valesky, Ball and Kennedy.

The Proposed Legislation amends §3302 of the Public Health Law, §220.00 of the Penal Code, and §399-ff of the General Business Law, as follows:

  • Changes the DEFINITION of synthetic cannabinoid as: any drugs that affect a person’s cannabinoid receptors in the brain.  (This will help eliminate some of the difficulty authorities are having when one chemical is outlawed and quickly substituted for another).
  • Empowers the State Commissioner of Health with the ability to add chemicals to the controlled substance list quickly and easily. (Which will enable the Commissioner to make law enforcement more effective by working alongside them, informing them of new chemicals as they are added to the list – allowing them more authority over enforcing this new law).
  • Increases penalties for mislabeling.  (Currently, drug makers are marketing to our youth, with appealing names and packaging such as Scooby Snacks, Spice, Strawberry, etc., passing it off as incense, potpourri, bath salts and other false names. Violators of mislabeling synthetic drugs for a minor to purchase could be charged with a felony).

Sponsorship and Support by State Legislators in both the Senate and Assembly on these bills is URGENTLY needed to move them through Committees in Albany.

Together we can make a difference and help save lives!

Here’s what YOU can do to HELP NOW: 

  1. You can call, email and/or write to the members of the State Assembly and Senate with support of these bills and encouraging their Sponsorship and Support.
  2. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the President of the foundation, Teresa Woolson, P.O. Box 82, Lycoming NY 13093, to receive a sample letter and list of addresses. (Alternatively you can email us for sample letters and addresses. The email address in on our home page. Sample documents are also included at the bottom of this post).
  3. Donate to our organization for funding to help get this message out. Send stamps or monetary donations to:  V.O.W. Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 82, Lycoming, NY  13093. Alternatively you can visit our donations web site at:



All profits go DIRECTLY to our foundation.

We are a non-profit organization.



Thank you so much for your support and assistance!


Related Documents:

FOR Assembly Health Committee Members

FOR Senate Health Committee Members

E-mails Senate Health Committee

Senate Health Committee Info

Labels – Senator – Health Committee

Assembly – Health Committee-Labels

Addresses for Assembly persons

Synthetic Legislation in Health Committee (Bill S5401)

Senate Bill S5401, sponsored by Senator Pattie Ritchie, is in the Health Committee of the New York State Senate.  This Bill mirrors Assembly Bill A6971 also in the Health Committee.  MORE LEGISLATIVE SPONSORS are needed.  Please contact YOUR Senator and request Sponsorship of this Very Important Bill.

This important Legislation will help stop the WAR on synthetics in New York State.  This is the ONLY legislation that will help for now and in the future when the drug dealers change the chemical poisons they are using.  We are dealing with Poisons much much more deadly than drugs and they are legally found on shelves in our stores.  This has to end.

Please send letters urging the SPONSORSHIP and support of the New York State Senators, starting with the Health Committee:

Please cut and paste the sample letter wording into a letter or email and be sure to include your name, full address and phone number to be considered.  We can change the law with your help!

Thank you for your help!!!

Together citizens CAN make a difference, let’s prove that.

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

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