Back To School Recap

After more than half a year of preparation, Spirit of Giving hosted its annual Community Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 8th at Village Academy Center in Delray Beach. In conjunction with the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Health Carnival, the event catered to more than 4,000 local in need children and their families by providing them new backpacks stocked with grade-appropriate supplies, new shoes, haircuts, healthy snacks, as well as access to vision screenings and medical resources and information. Spirit of Giving—a collaborative, nonprofit organization with a focus on children and families in Palm Beach County—collaborated with its more than 60 nonprofit member organizations to make the event possible.
   
At the event children were paired with one of the 200 volunteer personal shoppers, from organizations such as the Junior League of Boca Raton, Fedex, Jarden Consumer Solutions, Maui Jim and Target, who assisted them in selecting their own backpack and supplies.  After fulfilling their school supplies list, the children were ushered to the table tops colorfully lined with thousands of pairs of sneakers, courtesy of In Jacob’s Shoes. Here, the children had the option to select from a number of shoe brands, such as Asics, Nike, and even Jordans. Outside in the courtyard, ESPN West Palm Beach set up a giant inflatable Boca Bowl-branded football goal for practice kicks and handed out free Boca Bowl t-shirts. Other notable Back to School Bash sponsors included The Jim Moran Foundation, St. John, Vegso, Cobb and Sylvester Foundations.
 
Spirit of Giving has already begun preparing for the 2nd Annual Boca Raton Bowl, sponsored by ESPN West Palm Beach. As Official Charity Sponsor, Spirit of Giving will be holding a slew of to-be-announced fundraiser events before the big game. The nationally televised ESPN event will be held Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 at FAU Stadium. For more information, email info@spiritofgivingnetwork.com.