Tuesday, 09 July 2019 15:34

Arc of Oswego County Hosted Inaugural Alex Sheldon Memorial Fishing Tournament

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Kevin W., an individual supported by The Arc of Oswego County, holds up a King Salmon he caught during the tournament. Kevin W., an individual supported by The Arc of Oswego County, holds up a King Salmon he caught during the tournament. Submitted photo

The Arc of Oswego County, a non-profit organization based in Fulton, NY that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted the Alex Sheldon Memorial Fishing Tournament in honor of an individual who received services through The Arc and passed away unexpectedly over the winter.

Alex, an individual supported by The Arc of Oswego County, had participated in a fishing trip through the agency’s Respite program last summer and had a great time, prompting the agency to establish the tournament in his memory.

The agency’s Respite Program organized the tournament, which included 5 charter boats from K & G Lodge in Pulaski. Individuals were able to take home a variety of prizes for participating, including gift cards to Gander Mountain, paint your own fishing lure blanks and keychain tape measures.

In addition to the tournament, The Arc also held a picnic at the Ancient Order of the Hibernians afterwards. This gave supported individuals and their families—as well as Alex Sheldon’s family—the opportunity to share memories of Alex and stories about their time on the water.

“We’re proud to keep Alex’s memory alive through this tournament,” said Executive Director Laurie Davis. The tournament, which was free of charge to individuals participating in The Arc of Oswego County’s Respite program, was made possible by a donation from the family of Alex Sheldon and by a Recreation Grant from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services. Prizes were donated by Gander Mountain, while the Ancient Order of the Hibernians donated their time to grill and serve lunch. 

### About The Arc of Oswego County:

The Arc of Oswego County is a private, not-for-profit organization which has been providing programs and services to children and seniors with disabilities since 1953. Services include recreational and respite activities, senior day habilitation programs, Supporting Families & Children program, guardianship and planning assistance and more. Its mission is to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to meeting the needs of individual growth, productivity and independence through education, advocacy and increased community acceptance and participation. Its sister agency, Oswego Industries, Inc., provides services to adults with disabilities: together, they create a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities. Find more information online at www.arcofoswegocounty.org.

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