Virtual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Nevada

LETR for Special Olympics Nevada

Our Las Vegas outreach team joins other community individuals and organizations in supporting Special Olympics Nevada at the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) on September 26 at Edward W. Clark High School from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This year’s torch run has been transitioned from a relay to a virtual event to ensure the health and safety of all participants. 

Participants are welcome to pick up swag bags for one of our teammates that consists of hand sanitizer, sunblock, and other items that were donated to Special Olympics Nevada.

Fundraiser & Public Awareness Event 

LETR is a fundraising vehicle that also helps increase awareness about the many supportive programs offered by Special Olympics Nevada. Both of these activities then enhance the quality of life of Special Olympics athletes in Nevada.

If you have any questions regarding the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Nevada, please reach out to Allyce Pierson at or Scott Turek at

Candlelighters Superhero 5K Virtual Run 2020

Our Lerner and Rowe Gives Back team supported the Candlelighters Superhero 5K run, which was virtual due to social distancing requirements. To participate, entrants were encouraged to run or walk one of many routes that were set up to avoid large gatherings. 

Virtual dates for the 2020 run were from Saturday, September 19 through Friday, September 25.

“Candlelighters is a wonderful charity that provides emotional support, quality of life programs, and financial assistance for children and their families affected by childhood cancer. We are grateful for the opportunity to support organizations like Candlelighters that faithfully serve children and families in need within our community.” –Glen Lerner

Mermaid Straw’s World Clean-up Day 2020

On September 19, our Lerner and Rowe outreach team took to the Indiana Dunes State Park to participate in Mermaid Straw’s World Clean-up Day event!

Our team hiked the dunes and walked the beach and shoreline, collecting nearly 40lbs of trash! Thanks to our amazing staff for spending their Saturday morning getting down and dirty and keeping our beach and dunes trash free!

For more information on how Mermaid Straw is working to keep plastic out of the environment, please visit their website

Lerner and Rowe Donates $5,000 to KUPDeployment Packs

KUPDeployment Packs 2020

Lerner and Rowe once again supports local members of the military by donating $5,000 to the KUPDeployment packs donation drive. Our donation will be used to purchase needed items for care packages and to cover shipping costs. 

This is the third year we’ve joined the radio station in helping them send some love and a piece of home to the roughly 1,300 Arizona troops who are deployed in the armed services. Last year 963 care packages were packed and shipped overseas.

3rd Annual KUPDeployment Packs Details

The 3rd annual KUPDeployment packs donation drive takes place now through Wednesday, November 11. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, there will only be a total of 50 volunteers this year from the National Guard, Modelo, and Lerner and Rowe at the November 11 packing party.  

There are three ways you can help: 

  1. Drop-off donations at live radio remote 
  2. Order items from the KUPDeployment Amazon Wish List
  3. Provide a monetary donation

In-person Donations

Donations are currently being accepted for the following new items: 

  • Thick crew-length work socks
  • Dental products including: toothbrush, full size toothpaste, and waxed dental floss
  • Disposable razors (1-3 packs, in the original packaging)
  • SPF lip balm
  • Travel-size foot/body powder
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Flushable wet wipes
  • Hard candy
  • Handwritten notes of encouragement

You may join 98KUPD radio at the following Safeway/Albertsons locations Thursday mornings from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to drop off donations in person:*

  • 10/01—Glendale • Safeway at 3800 W. Happy Valley Rd. 
  • 10/08—Mesa • Albertsons at 1951 W. Baseline Rd. 
  • 10/15—Peoria • Safeway at 12320 N. 83rd Ave.
  • 10/22—Chandler • Safeway at 1159 W. Chandler Blvd.
  • 10/29—Scottsdale • Albertsons at 6965 N. Hayden Rd.
  • 11/05—Goodyear • Safeway • 14175 W. Indian School Rd. 
*Dates and locations are subject to change.

Amazon Wish list

Purchase items directly from the Amazon ‘KUPDeployment Packs’ wish list and have them shipped to the 98KUPD studios by Friday, November 6, 2020.

Monetary Donations 

98KUPD is also accepting cash donations online to help pay for packaging costs and the purchase of extra items needed to fill the boxes that are still a little light.

If you have any questions, please call the 98KUPD Studios Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 602-629-8660 and ask for the Promotions Department. 

MAM 9/11 Never Forget: Family, Service, Sacrifice Special TV Event

Social distancing may have forced the cancellation of the 7th Annual Military Assistance Mission (MAM) Freedom Breakfast, however, it did not stop the organization and its board of directors from keeping their promise to never forget and honor those who sacrificed so much for our country.

Our team is honored to have been the title sponsor of the 9/11 Never Forget: Family, Service, Sacrifice half-hour special televised event that Arizona’s Family put together today to benefit MAM.

It’s Not Too Late to Help

The COVID-19 crisis is driving up demand as spouses and guard members get laid off because of the pandemic.

MAM provides financial and morale assistance to the lowest ranking military members.

There are three ways for you to join us in supporting our local military troops:

  1. Purchase a 9/11 Never Forget T-shirt
  2. Donate online a minimum of $10 and receive a Heroes Never Forgotten bracelet
  3. Text to Give: Text MAM to 555678 to donate
*With your purchase or donation, you will receive a direct link to watch the 9/11 Never Forget Special on demand.*

Please note that every dollar stays local to fund financial aid grants that provide the following:

  • Rent assistance to avoid eviction
  • Grocery gift cards
  • Car payments
  • Utility assistance
  • Gap grants for veterans waiting on their GI Bill for school
  • Back to school supplies for kids
  • Baby showers for expecting parents
  • Christmas gifts for families
  • Morale boosters like seats for soldiers and home remodels for wounded heroes

Actively Supporting Our Troops

Our team strongly believes in supporting active and retired members of the military and their families. So much so that Kevin Rowe became an active board member of MAM and supports other organizations and activities that seek to assist those who serve to protect the U.S. 

Together, we can do more to help help prop each other up and make our world a better place.

2020 Tucson Backpack Giveaways

Back to School Events for Tucson Students

750 backpacks filled with school supplies were given away in Tucson, Arizona on August 15.

We are grateful for the assistance from GAP Ministries and their community partners to help distribute the backpacks at Ministerios Ammijezreel and the Family Christian Center.

We are also grateful to each of our team members that volunteered their time to help fill each backpack.

Mutual collaboration and a shared drive to give back and help others in the community is what helps make events like our Tucson backpack giveaway possible.

Photos of Tucson 2020 backpack preparation and giveaways:

IN/IL Backpack Giveaways

IN/IL Backpack Giveaways

Merrillville and Chicago Back to School Events

This past weekend our Lerner & Rowe team held two amazing Back to School Backpack Giveaway events! We were able to give away 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to the communities of Merrillville, IN and Chicago, IL. Our drive-thru style events proved to be successful in efficiently and safely getting backpacks to families.

Thank you to our amazing staff who came out to help. Thank you to our partners at the Chicago Police Department and staff of Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy for your assistance and donation of space. And thank you to the staff at Hidden Lake Park and Ross Township for all of the assistance your teams provided.

We hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, and healthy school year!

2020 Chicago and Merrillville drive-thru backpack giveaway photos:

Phoenix Backpack Giveaway 2020

We are extremely pleased with the success of our 2020 backpack giveaway in Phoenix. United Food Bank and the City of Mesa has our sincerest gratitude for their partnership and assistance in distributing the 750 backpacks our team stuffed with school supplies.

We are also grateful for our caring team members who jumped in and helped fill the backpacks that were given away.

Cheers to a successful school year for the students, parents, and faculty in the Phoenix area!

2020 Phoenix Backpack Giveaway

2020 Phoenix drive-thru backpack giveaway photos:

Las Vegas Backpack Giveaway 2020

The Lerner and Rowe Gives Back team sponsored its annual Back-to-School event this year at Peterson Elementary. We partnered with Clark County School District Police, Spring Meadows Presbyterian Church, and Dean Peterson Elementary to provide a CONTACTLESS DRIVE-THRU backpack giveaway.

The event went well with an added benefit for several of the children were able to see their teachers for the first time in over 6 months. One little boy was so excited to see his teacher, that he got out of the car and ran over to hug his teacher.

In just over two and a half hours, we were able to give away 750 backpacks and not one child left empty handed.

“We love doing the back to school event each year as it gives us the opportunity to share some love with the children and their families who need a little helping hand. We were honored to provide much needed school supplies; and it was especially heartwarming to see the many reunions between the children and their teachers!

We also could not do what we do, without the support and partnership we enjoy with CCSD PD, Spring Meadows Church, and the teachers and staff at Dean Peterson Elementary.”

—Glen Lerner

Photos from 2020 drive-thru backpack giveaway in Las Vegas:

Back to School – 2020 Contactless Drive-thru Backpack Giveaways

For the fourth year in a row, our outreach team will host Back to School Backpack Giveaways to give disadvantaged, school-aged youth the basic tools they need to succeed. This year because of COVID-19 restrictions, we will host contactless drive-thru giveaways in Las Vegas, NV; Merrillville, IN; Chicago, IL; Tucson, AZ; and Phoenix, AZ. 

At each of the drive-thru Back to School events, school-aged children present in each vehicle will receive a backpack filled with school supplies, to include:*

Backpack Giveaway for New School Year

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil pouches, and more!

Locations & Dates for 2020 Drive-thru Backpack Giveaways

Drivers and passengers will be asked to remain in their vehicles at each giveaway and “pop the truck” to accept the backpacks. We look forward to spending time with our community neighbors at the following FREE Back to School Backpack Giveaway events in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, and New Mexico!

August 1, 2020 — Las Vegas, NV from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.*  | Dean Peterson Elementary School (3650 Cambridge Street, Las Vegas, NV 89169) 


August 7, 2020  Phoenix, AZ from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.* | Mesa Convention Center (263 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201)


August 15, 2020 — Merrillville, IN from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.* | Hidden Lake Park (6355 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410)


August 15, 2020 — Chicago, IL from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m* | Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy ( 5024 S Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609)


August 15, 2020 — Tucson, AZ from from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.* | Ministerios Ammijezreel (4102 S. 12th Avenue,Tucson, 85714) AND Family Christian Center (6516 South Burcham Avenue, Tucson, 85756)

*Backpacks and school supplies will be handed out while supplies last. Children must be present for parents to collect a backpack.