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BackPack Pals to have Saturday fundraiser

Iris Hunter Richmond County Daily Journal

September 12, 2013

On Saturday, Sept. 14, BackPack Pals will have its second annual fundraiser kickoff at Church of Prophecy, located at 615 Cheraw Road Hwy 177 S. in Hamlet, hosted by Ernie’s Xtreme Motorsports.


“We are expecting a larger turnout this year,” said Pastor Steve Crews, volunteer director for BackPack Pals.


At the fundraiser there will be a car, truck and motorcycle show, singers performing and food available for purchasing. The food that attendees of the event can purchase includes hot dogs, hamburgers and fries.


Registration for the car show will begin at 9 a.m. and will cost $20. Trophies will be given to the top 20 winners and the best of show.


The entertainment will begin at 11 a.m., which will include Roy Gaddy, an Elvis tribute artist and Bill Brady, a George Jones tribute artist. Crews said that the singers will be performing on a stage and those who attend the fundraiser can sit and enjoy the music.


“We want people to come out to enjoy themselves, look at the cars, enjoy a hamburger and support the BackPack Pals,” he said.


“All the proceeds from the car show and the sales will go to the BackPack Pals program,” said Crews.


The fundraiser will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


For more information regarding the event or to register, contact Crews at 910-334-1009.


BackPack Pals is a non-profit program in Richmond County that provides nutritional weekend meals and snacks to children whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria.


The Backpack Pals is a nationally recognized program designed to meet the needs of hungry children, identified by school staff, who have little to eat over the weekend. Backpack Pals programs have been shown to have a positive impact on a student’s behavior, attendance and academic achievement, as well as alleviating hunger, according to its website.


To learn more about BackPack Pals, visit www.backpackpalsrc.com.


— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at ihunter@civitasmedia.com.