Neal Communities has raised a record $20,071 for the Big Backpack Event, almost doubling its historic donation for 2016, when it became the single largest donor for Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida’s back-to-school festival, known as The BIG Backpack Event.
The Southwest Florida home builder collected contributions from staff, vendors, subcontractors, consultants and residents of its communities, and presented the record-breaking proceeds to Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida at a “Big Fat Check” presentation at its South Region office in Fort Myers on July 19.
“It is our pleasure and privilege to give back to our community and particularly the kids,” says Michael Greenberg Southwest Florida Regional President for Neal Communities. “We take our company purpose statement to ‘Improve People’s Lives’ personally and look forward to once again volunteering at the event to see the smiling faces of the children as they so graciously receive their school supplies.”
Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida Executive Director Leonardo Garcia said, “Words cannot describe how appreciative we are to Neal Communities for its phenomenal support year after year. It’s clear that the company, its staff, trade partners and communities’ residents are completely invested in helping all of Lee County’s children start the new school year with confidence and pride.”
The donation underwrites a significant portion of Lee County’s largest back-to-school outreach program, where thousands of kids receive free backpacks and school supplies while celebrating diversity in our community. The 18th annual Big Backpack Event happens 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, July 30 at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School, 4750 Winkler Ave. in Fort Myers.
Admission is free to the Big Backpack Event. In advance, community members are invited to participate in the Adopt-A-Student fundraiser. Each $10 donation provides a student with a new backpack and school supplies that include notebook paper, folders, crayons, glue, pencils and pens.
For more information on the Adopt-A-Student program or The BIG Backpack Event, visit www.multiculturalcentre.org.
Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida
The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida 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 culturally linking Southwest Florida with other communities around the world. For more information visit www.multiculturalcentre.org.