Ogdensburg Free Academy Project Graduation raises over $21,000
Friday, July 6, 2018 - 7:13 am

To the Editor:

Ogdensburg Free Academy Class of 2018 Project Graduation would like to announce the conclusion of our purpose and report that we successfully made over $21,000 profit this year. These funds were used to pay for our overnight drug and alcohol free party and reward the students who participated in our efforts. We had a great turn out and several of the seniors left the party with $1,000 or more. Congratulations to all the graduates. I am confident that they, and the parents who chaperoned the event had a fantastic time.

I want to thank the OFA Board of Ed, Administration, Buildings & Grounds, Custodial, Food Service Staff, Teachers and Staff for their support and assistance. Thank you to the Ogdensburg Kiwanis Club for so generously providing the Insurance necessary for our party. Thanks to Tisha McCormick, Suzanne Beach and Kathy Swan for helping coordinate efforts at OFA.

I want to also thank Kathy Swan for being a fantastic Treasurer and George Snyder for (reluctantly) being both our Secretary and Keeper of Devil Hours. Thank you both for sticking to it, I truly appreciated your time and efforts.

I also want to thank the businesses and members of the community who either donated money, products or services, their time or space for hosting events: St Lawrence Fed. Credit Union, Hosmer’s Marina, Latham Auto, First Presbyterian Church, Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, Northern Physical Therapy, Underwater Discoveries, North Country Savings, Acco, Verizon Wireless Zone, Mort Backus and Sons, CHMC Foundation, Woody's Tavern, SIPS, Enbridge St Law Gas, Dr. Patty Mahoney’s office, Big Cheese Pizza, Ogdensburg Police, Ogdensburg Firefighters, Gran-View Resort, Freight House Restaurant, Akwesasne Casino, Cams Pizzeria, Cape Air, Price Chopper, Save A Lot, The Dobisky Visitors Center, Amber Skyy, Richard Terrance, Ogdensburg Bowl, Ogdensburg Oddfellows and Rebekahs, Kathy Hilborne & Kathy’s Cakes, Jade Reynolds: Cocktails & Canvases, The Law Office of Marcia LeMay, Kiwanis Club of Ogdensburg, Abigail McLagan :The Make & Take, The Moose Club, The Elks Club, Larry Robinson and the Ogdensburg Journal, The staff at North Country This Week, The Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce, Ogdensburg McDonalds, Walmart, Perry’s, Dasher, NYSARC, and the OFA National Honor Society for getting the Blue Devil Mascot to show up at many of our events.

A special thank you to Tracie Kroeger for taking the fantastic photos we gave to the kids, and Kelly Loffler & her family for help with shopping for and putting together the gift bags.

Thank you to the following for all the food donated to our party; Jreck Subs, Dunkin Donuts, The Ogdensburg Elks Club, The Place, The Corner Deli, Pepsi Cola Bottlers, and Stewarts Shops.

Thank you to Bobby K Entertainment & Swanie Entertainment for providing us with a lot of laughs and fun at our party. Thank you to Mr. George Snyder and Mr. Randy Garvey who braved the dunk tank.

Thank you to any and all parents and guardians who supported or efforts and gave what time they could during a very busy year. Big big thanks to the parents who stepped up to chair events along the way and those who stayed all night with us to work and enjoy the actual party.

Most of all a huge thank you to the kids who participated and supported our efforts and the members of the community who contributed to our fundraising efforts and attended our fundraising events.

I wish the organizers of the 2019 OFA Project Graduation the best of luck.

Kimberly Scharff-Snyder

OFA Class of 2018 Project Graduation president