Zombie walk to benefit Arbor House

On Sunday, October 13 the Zombie Walk & Mash returns to Oswego. The Zombie Walk begins at 5 p.m. at the Oswego YMCA and returns to YMCA where there will be a Mash Party for all walkers at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Arbor House program. Above from left are planning committee Zombies Elizabeth Thompson (kneeling) Darlene McDougall, Deena McDougal, Penny Foster-Pratt, Kathryn McCleery and Sean Collins.

OSWEGO — Save the date for a special event that will get the Halloween fun off to an early start with the Oswego Zombie Walk & Mash. Organizers have announced that the Zombie Walk returns Oct. 13 and will serve as a fundraiser for Oswego County Opportunities’ (OCO) Arbor House, a community residence for men in recovery from a chemical dependence.

A family friendly event, the Zombie Walk is open to teams of two to five people with all ages welcome to participate. Walkers will meet at the Oswego YMCA, 265 W. First St., downtown Oswego. The walk begins at 5 p.m. with participants ambling across the bridges along the healthy walk returning to the YMCA. Upon return, the YMCA will host a Zombie Mash Party for all walkers.    

“The Zombie Walk & Mash is great fun for a great cause,” said planning committee member and Arbor House Program Manager Darlene McDougall. “To recognize our walkers and show our appreciation for their support we will host Mash Party complete with games, music, refreshments, pizza provided by Pizza Villa of Oswego, desserts, and drawings for gift baskets and other great items. We will also be awarding prizes for Best Safe Prop, Best Team Theme, and the Best Costume winner will receive a gas grill courtesy of Lowe’s Home Improvement.”

There is an entry fee per person and team rates are available. Children under 14 are free with an adult and entry fee includes the post walk mash party.

Located in western Oswego County just a few miles from the City of Oswego, Arbor House is the only service of its kind in Oswego County and serves approximately 70 individuals a year. It offers 24- hour / seven day per week supervision from six to nine months for up to 16 adults in a warm and inviting home-like environment. Residents receive out-patient treatment from a number of sources including the County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism (COCOAA), Farnham Family Services, and Harbor Lights; work on daily living skills; and receive assistance with medical needs. Additionally, Arbor House offers residents transportation to attend self-help meetings at Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

“Last year’s Zombie Walk and Mash was well received and enjoyed by everyone that participated,” said Resident Manager Sean Collins. “Zombies are in the forefront of pop-culture. People are fascinated with them and they are a popular theme in television and movies. We’ve already received requests from community members asking if the Zombie Walk and Mash will return this year. The answer is yes, and we invite everyone to unleash their inner Zombie and join us for the 2nd annual Zombie Walk & Mash Party beginning at 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Oswego YMCA.”

Tickets for the Zombie Walk & Mash are available on line at www.oco.org/oco-zombie-walk or at OCO’s main office at 239 Oneida St., Fulton.

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