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Vincent House event gives kids chance to attend camp

For more than 30 years, families in Skaneateles have awaited an annual event that has become a rite of spring.

And it's all about the kids.

"[Vincent House is] a neighborhood center and it's sponsored by Catholic Charities and it's a place where kids can go to before school and after school and they also have preschool programs," Shelia Powers said.

The center offers tutoring and programs for children as well as a before and after school program.

"It's just kind of a safe place for children to go to," Powers said. "They have a lot of college students who volunteer and work there."

An annual fundraiser to support the work of Catholic Charities at the Vincent House in Syracuse has been held in Skaneateles each year. Started more than 30 years ago by three families who wanted to do something to help Catholic Charities, the event has grown by leaps and bounds.

"They wanted to make an impact with other families who were not as fortunate as they were," Powers said. "Every year it's at a different house. A family will open up their house and host this event."

Powers said she first got involved because a friend of hers, Maggie Purcell, had asked her and at the time Powers wanted to do something to help Catholic Charities.

"This was a perfect fit," she said.

Since that first fundraiser, a connection has been built between the two communities. Children in the past have attended a day at the pool at the Skaneateles Community Center and there is regularly a picnic day in Skaneateles when the children travel from Syracuse for the day.

This year's fundraiser, "It's All About the Kids," will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. June 12 at the home of Jeff and Kate Youle, 24 East St. in the village of Skaneateles. The event costs $75 per person.

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