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15th Annual Big Backpack Event set at Harborside Event Center

First 2,000 students to get free backpacks, more

July 23, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida presents the 15th Annual Big Backpack Event to celebrate back-to-school and diversity in the community.

The event will be held July 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers.

For the past 15 years the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida has been hosting the popular community outreach event that to date has has provided new backpacks and school supplies to near 30,000 students over the years.

The event lends a helping hand to students and families in need, as well as, celebrates the diversity in Southwest Florida with live multicultural entertainment on the main stage including Irish step dance, salsa and more.

The event draws an estimated crowd of 15,000 people each year. Although the event begins at 11 a.m., the line begins to form around the Harborside Event Center as early at 7 a.m.

The first 2,000 students ages 5-12 will receive free backpacks and school supplies. Parents or guardians must bring their school age children in order to receive the free supplies.

Thanks to sponsors and vendors, students may also receive eye exams, haircuts and other fun giveaways at the event while supplies last.

Families will enjoy other event festivities such as face painting, inflatable slide and bounce house, clowns and live entertainment.

"We are so very appreciative of the support we receive from local businesses and individuals who partner with us each year to support students and families in need," Leonardo Garcia, co-founder of the Multicultural Centre of SWFL, said.

"Thanks to the support of sponsors and our dedicated event committee, we hope to help more than 2,000 students with their back-to-school needs again this year,"?he added.

Sponsorships are available.

The Multicultural Centre is a private non-profit tax-exempt organization in Fort Myers with the purpose of promoting programs aimed at bringing people of different cultures together and of culturally linking Southwest Florida with other communities around the world.

For more information, visit: www.multiculturalcentre.org.

 
 

 

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