---- — When the charity event that provided the impetus for their annual get-together fell through, members of the Oneonta High School class of 1975 took matters into their own hands, or actually onto their own feet.
For several years, the classmates had participated in the River Ride sponsored by Opportunities For Otsego. In May, however, OFO decided not to sponsor the event saying that it had not worked out as a successful fundraiser.
“Of course, we were disappointed,” said Steve Talevi, an OHS graduate who now lives in Roanoke, Va., “but we decided to conduct our own ‘2013 FUNdraiser Leisure Ride’ and to raise some money for OFO through that event.”
On Saturday, June 1, six members of the Class of 1975 cycled from Portlandville to Council Rock at the southern tip of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown and back, a ride of about 26 miles. For their efforts, the group was able to present OFO with a check for $1,775; late donations pushed the total to more than $1,800.
“The dedication, commitment and focus of the group is best and most clearly demonstrated by the fact that the entire group cycled by Ommegang Brewery not once, but twice, without stopping for a single beer,” joked Talevi.
“The members of the OHS Class of 1975, while a number of years removed from their high school graduation and now scattered all over the country, are pleased to ‘put something back’ into a community which helped shape them in their formative years,” he said.
Located in Oneonta, OFO provides programs and services for people in the country, “to encourage economic stability, social justice and the promotion of healthy lives and families.”