I am truly humbled to work with organizations that support our mission to help the community.
It’s hard to believe that what first started as 500 people in a gym at the Golden Gate Community Center has now evolved into one of the largest back to school fairs in Phoenix. When I began this project, my goal was to help provide students the essentials for back to school. 5 years later, I’m happy to say that my team, sponsors, community partners and volunteers came together to provide much more than backpacks and school supplies.
Backpacks & School Supplies For All
This past 28th of July, Metrocenter Mall came to life as Segunda Mano Magazine and Más Vale Saber welcomed close to 4,000 parents and children, and thanks to Desert Ford Dealers, every student received a backpack with notebooks, pencils, rulers, folders and crayons.
Over 700 Free Medical Services Provided
As always, Terros Health, along with Native Health and the Phoenix Fire Department were present to help provide a total of 749 medical services. Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that they performed these services in the span of 4 hours!
- Vaccines: 179
- Blood pressure exams: 120
- Dental exams: 109
- Glucose exams: 105
- Eye exams: 43
- HIV screenings: 10
Free Haircuts For Children
You can’t forget to look good on your first day of school, which is why D’Image Bilingual Beauty College took the task of performing over 160 haircuts to ensure boy and girls started the school year with a fresh look.
Waiting in line is no fun, especially if you’re a kid. Lucky for them, the Centro Hispano De Bienes y Raices (Hispanic Center for Real Estate) invited Marshall from Pup Patrol and the PJ Masks. Let’s just say parents were struggling to keep the line moving.
Thanks to PLS Financial, families were able to take pictures to remember this beautiful moment with their children. It’s worth noting that this sponsor also gave away backpacks, tote bags and other fun prizes.
Kudos to American Traditions Realty who found a way to entertain children with face painting, cotton candy and popcorn, while giving parents tips on purchasing and selling their home.
Last But Not Least
A special thanks to Desert Ford Dealers who has supported this special project from its early beginnings, as well as all our sponsors, volunteers, community partners and my team. It goes without saying that this event would not be possible without their support. I’d also like to personally thank our event coordinator, Marlene Rivas, for expanding on my vision and setting the bar for what community projects can accomplish. See you next January!