Our 2016 Back 2 School Store was a smashing success! The size of the event more than doubled from our first year, reaching nearly 500 children in need of school supplies, outerwear, shoes, and clothing. Students came to our program from our partner agencies: ACH Clear Pathways; Allegheny Intermediate Unit; Best of the Batch Foundation; Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh; Circles of Greater Pittsburgh — East Liberty; East End Cooperative Ministry; Hosanna House; Kingsley Association; Northern Area Boys & Girls Club; Northside Common Ministries Community Food Pantry; and Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry.
Thanks to our lead sponsors: Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala, Jr.; big Burrito Restaurant Group; The Education Partnership; Giant Eagle; The Grable Foundation; Huntington Bank; J. Marcus Wholesalers, Inc. / Sydney Love; The Jack Buncher Foundation; The Kingsley Association; Little’s Shoes; NuGo Nutrition; Jack Pechersky, DMD/Aaron Valasek, DMD/David Pechersky, DMD; The Philip Chosky Charitable & Educational Foundation; Pittsburgh Firefighters IAFF Local No. 1; Pittsburgh Oral Surgery; and Wagner Agency, Inc.
Thanks to our in-kind donors: 412 Food Rescue; Babst Calland; Consumer’s Produce; Jimmy John’s; Perspectives in Print; Signature Financial Planning; U-Haul; and Whole Foods.
And of course, thank you to our co-chairs Teddi Horvitz, Myrna Kline, Lynne Siegel, Becca Tobe, and Katie Whitlatch; our Community Service chair Jenny Jones; our Steering Committee; and all the Back 2 School Store volunteers!