Monday, December 27, 2010

End of Year Report 2010

Thanks to all who helped make this year a huge success! It sounds so cliché to say, but it really is true that you are the reason we are able to accomplish what we do.

Early in the year we got word that the Cincinnati Teamsters Motorcycle Association had purchased a 2010 Heritage Softail Classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle to raffle off and were giving the proceeds to Backpacks! That set in motion a lot of fun. We cherish the relationships we were able to build with the Cincinnati TMA members through working with them at various festivals where the bike was on display.

In May, the Cincinnati TMA also helped some from our congregation at the Winton Road First Church of God to stuff the backpacks with school supplies and pack them into boxes for shipping.

In July we delivered 611 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Pine Ridge Reservation. We delivered to Allen, Wounded Knee, and the Calico Community. We were especially touched to discover what a huge impact we have had a the Calico Community. Previously they have held their annual PowWow in September. They would distribute the backpacks by ir them in the middle of the PowWow circle and having the grandparents come out first to get backpacks for their grandchildren. Like every other grandparent, they enjoy being able to do things for their grandchildren but are too often unable to. By distributing the backpacks in this way, it allowed the grandparents to give school supplies to their grandchildren. This year the Calico Community has changed the date of the PowWow to August so that the backpacks can be given out in August rather than September. This will relieve the stress of the people there because they will have the backpacks and school supplies in hand and will not need to worry about how they will provide them for their children.

On September 11th we held the REZonate Music Fest at Keehner Park in West Chester, OH. Thanks to our sponsors: Jacobs Plumbing and Excavating, Hauser Properties, Hauser Heating and Air, Ameridian Specialty Services, The Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty, Antonelli College, and Rascals Sports Bar and Grill, this year was successful once again! Blessid Union of Souls headlined the event with Brian White, Karyn Williams, 8KOunt, and The Nuclear Penguins all playing the event. The West Chester Police Department’s Honor Guard presented the colors for a very moving 9/11 tribute.
It was at the REZonate Music Fest that the Cincinnati Teamsters Motorcycle Association drew the name of the winner of the 2010 Harley and presented Backpacks For Pine Ridge with a check for $10,180!!

In October we teamed up with Speedy Feet, Napa Auto Parts, US Food Service, The Body Shop, Dicks Sporting Goods, and Whole Foods to hold the Trax For Backpacks 5k at Voice of America Park. The event was very successful with over 100 runners and walkers participating.

As of December 2010 we have purchased 800 backpacks and all of the school supplies to go in them and are preparing to deliver them to the Reservation in July of 2011.

It has been a great year and we are looking forward to seeing what great things God has in store for 2011.

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