The largest back-to-school outreach program in Lee County took place on Sunday, July 31 at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers. The 17th Annual Big Backpack Event, with presenting sponsor Neal Communities, gave out 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to students ages 5-12, while also celebrating diversity in our community.
The Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida hosted this popular community outreach event that to date has provided new backpacks and school supplies to more than 37,000 students. The event lends a helping hand to students and families in need, while celebrating the diversity in Southwest Florida with live multicultural entertainment on the main stage including hip hop, Irish step dance, salsa and more.
Families enjoyed other festivities such as face painting, clowns and live entertainment. Thanks to many generous sponsors and vendors, students also received eye exams, haircuts, and other giveaways at the event.