FishHawk festival collects supplies for YMCA backpack program

Volunteers load donations of school supplies on the Gulf Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America truck after FishHawk Area Networking Group's Back to School Festival last week. FishHawk Area Networking Group
Volunteers load donations of school supplies on the Gulf Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America truck after FishHawk Area Networking Group's Back to School Festival last week.FishHawk Area Networking Group
Published August 6 2013
Updated August 7 2013

VALRICO — The FishHawk Area Networking Group collected donations of more than 3,000 school supplies at the 11th annual Back to School Festival last week at the Campo Family YMCA.

The donations will benefit the Tampa YMCA's partnership with ECHO (Emergency Care Help Organization) of Brandon to provide backpacks filled with school supplies to 1,800 children in need. The Back to School Festival also raised $1,000 in donations to supplement the program.

The backpacks will be distributed to preregistered families from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at YMCA Camp Cristina, 9840 Balm Riverview Road, Riverview.

The Back to School Festival also included 77 business booths. FANG meets at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Palmetto Club in FishHawk, 17004 Dorman Road, Lithia. For information, visit fangconnect.com.

Times staff

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