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Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Events, News |

City of Fort Myers Recognizes The Big Backpack Event Committee for their Service to the Community

City of Fort Myers Recognizes The Big Backpack Event Committee for their Service to the Community

Leonardo Garcia, founder of The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida, is proud to announce that the City of Fort Myers and Mayor Randy Henderson will issue a proclamation in recognition of the Big Backpack Event Committee for their dedication and service in benefit of students across Southwest Florida. The presentation of this proclamation will take place at Fort Myers City Hall at 2200 2nd Street on Thursday, October 10th at 9 a.m.

The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida, a non-profit organization, organizes the Big Backpack Event every year to help deserving local students get the supplies that they need to start school. In the past 14 years, the committee has served 33,000 needy students in the Southwest Florida community. In addition to offering local students free backpacks and school supplies, this annual event also features multicultural entertainment.

The individuals being recognized for their service include: Leonardo Garcia, MCSWFL Founder; Connie Ramos-Williams, Event Co-Chair; Jack Pohlman, Treasurer; Nathan Fred Shaw, Event Chair; Evelyn Rivera, Entertainment Chair; Ingrid Molina, Volunteer Chair; Felicita Sanyet, Church Outreach; Javier Fuller, Security; Holly A. Bell, April Ketron, Vendor Co-Chairs; Dr. Ruthie Lohmeyer, Ronda Amaya, School; Rick Williams, Dr. Robert J. Brueck, Kenny Dobson, Sue Robbins, Vanessa Cardona, Maribel Sanchez, Beth A. Gedde, Lila Gutstein, and Steven Orozco.

“It is an honor for The Big Backpack Committee to be recognized by the city for its dedication and service. It has been a pleasure to be part of this event for so many years, and I look forward to seeing all that our group will continue to do in the future to help local students get the tools they need to succeed,” says Leonardo Garcia.


Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida


The Multicultural Centre is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established 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