Dance and Sing with the Mariachi 4 Backpacks FUNdraiser to Help Students with their Back-to-School Needs

May 1, 2014 CONRIC PR

100% of all proceeds raised will support students age five to 12 who are in need

The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida kicks off the 15th Annual Big Backpack Event with the second annual Mariachi 4 Backpacks FUNdraiser at Cantina Laredo at Bell Tower Shops on Wednesday, May 14th from 5:30 to 8 p.m.The community is invited to shake their maracas with a live Mariachi Band while supporting students in need. The evening will feature complimentary live entertainment, tapas, cash bar, raffles and silent auction. Every $10 raised at the event adopts a student in need and provides him or her with a new backpack and school supplies for the 2014/2015 school year.

One hundred percent of all proceeds raised will support students age five to 12 who are in need, providing them with free backpacks and school supplies at the 15th Annual BIG Backpack Event to be held on Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.

A minimum donation of $10 is requested to attend the Mariachi 4 Backpacks event held at Cantina Laredo restaurant located at 5200 Big Pine Way Fort Myers, Florida 33907. Silent auction items include weekend getaways, tickets to sporting events, autographed memorabilia, salon and spa treatments and more. Sponsors include HABA, Fuller Solutions and CONRIC PR & Marketing. For more information call 239-333-5747 or visit

For the past 15 years the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida has been hosting the Big Backpack event, a popular community outreach event that to date has provided new backpacks and school supplies to nearly 30,000 students over the years. The event lends a helping hand to students and families in need, as well as celebrating 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 Harborside Event Center as early at 7 a.m. The first 2,000 students ages five to 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 & bounce house, clowns, and live entertainment.

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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

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