2022 Backpack Giveaways & Back to School Events

Backpack Giveaway for New School Year

For the sixth year in a row, our outreach team will host FREE Backpack Giveaways and sponsor other local community Back to School events to directly assist disadvantaged, school-aged youth obtain the basic tools they need to succeed.

At each of our hosted Backpack Giveaways, K-12 students must be present to receive a backpack stuffed with the following types of school supplies*:

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Colored pencils
  • Pocket folders
  • And, more!

Locations & Dates for 2022 Backpack Giveaways

We look forward to spending time with our community neighbors at the following FREE Backpack Giveaways and Back to School events in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois! As supplies are limited, make sure that you get there early to pick up your backpack before they are gone.

Special notice: Backpacks will only be provided to K-12 school-aged students that attend one of the giveaways or events in person.


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July 15, 2022 — Albuquerque, NM from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.* | Balloon Fiesta Park (9401 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque 85113)

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

For more information about Lerner and Rowe’s FREE drive-up Albuquerque Backpack Giveaway, please contact Cindy Ernst or Christa Luirette with Lerner and Rowe Gives Back at (505) 544-4444.

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July 16, 2022 — Las Vegas, NV from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.* | Downtown Summerlin (1980 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135)

Our Las Vegas team is pleased to partner with the Clark County School District Police Department at an indoor back to school event at the Downtown Summerlin shopping center. During the event our team will be giving away FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies! Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Anyone interested in learning more about Lerner and Rowe’s involvement at this FREE Las Vegas Backpack Giveaway should contact Guy Williams by email at [email protected] or by phone at (702) 858-9941.

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July 21, 2022 — Tucson, AZ from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.* | Manheim Parking Lot (7090 S Craycroft Road, Tucson 85756)

1,500 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

For more information about Lerner and Rowe’s FREE drive-up Tucson Backpack Giveaway, please contact Cindy Ernst or Christa Luirette with Lerner and Rowe Gives Back at (520) 977-1900.

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July 23, 2022 — Phoenix, AZ from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.* | Metro Auto Auction parking lot (2475 S 59th Ave, Phoenix 85043)

1,000 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this contactless drive-up event! Students must be present in vehicles to receive a backpack. Quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

For more information about Lerner and Rowe’s FREE drive-up Phoenix Backpack Giveaway, please contact Cindy Ernst or Christa Luirette with Lerner and Rowe Gives Back at (602) 977-1900.

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August 6, 2022 — Las Vegas, NV from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.* | Boulevard Mall (3528 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169)

Our Las Vegas team is pleased to partner with the Clark County School District Police Department at La Oportunidad Expo—the Hispanic Premier event of the Latin Chamber of Commerce—at the Boulevard Mall. During this community event our team will be giving away 750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies! Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Other highlights include immunizations, dental services, prizes, giveaways, live entertainment, and more!

Anyone interested in learning more about Lerner and Rowe’s involvement at this FREE Las Vegas Backpack Giveaway should contact Guy Williams by email at [email protected], or by phone at (702) 858-9941.

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August 19, 2022 — Chicago, IL from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.* | Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy (5024 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60609)

1,000 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this FREE back to school event that will also include hot dogs, refreshments, bounce house, DJ, more! Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Anyone interested in learning more about Lerner and Rowe’s FREE Chicago Backpack Giveaway should contact Arianna Baiz by email at [email protected], or by phone at (708) 222-2222, ext. 6325.

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

$10K Sponsor of Wine Women & Shoes 2022

Wine Women & Shoes

Helping Women Help Themselves

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back is pleased to be a Gold Stiletto level sponsor of the Wine Women & Shoes 2022 event on Saturday, September 10 at the Chateau Luxe. 

Proceeds raised will benefit the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and its efforts to positively transform and strengthen communities by providing support services to women so that they have the tools to help themselves. 

How You Can Help Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

Even though tickets are sold out to the Wine Women & Shoes 2022 event, you can still join us in supporting Fresh Start Women’s Foundation by donating funds online.

Your gift will help the Foundation accelerate its three core service areas of job training, social work services, and family law support.

2022 Las Vegas Backpack Giveaway

FREE Back to School Event in Las Vegas

Our Las Vegas team partnered with Clark County School District Police and the Latin Chamber of Commerce for a spectacular 2022 Las Vegas Backpack Giveaway at The Boulevard Mall on Saturday, August 6th.

During the FREE back to school giveaway, we handed out over 1,000 backpacks along with all the required school supplies.

Not one child left empty handed!


Photos from the 2022 Las Vegas Backpack Giveaway:

Sponsors of Nevada SPCA Brunch Bash: 80’s Edition

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back joins the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) as a sponsor of its Brunch Bash: 80’s Edition which celebrates the organization’s 40 years of commitment to helping over 2,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small pets annually find placements into loving homes.

Nevada SPCA’s 40th Anniversary event will be a “totally tubular” afternoon held on Saturday, August 20 from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at the Veil Pavilion at Silverton Casino Hotel (3333 Blue Diamond Rd. NV 89139).

Proceeds from this Las Vegas charitable event and silent auction will directly benefit Nevada SPCA.

Nevada SPCA Brunch 2022 Sponsor

How to Get Involved with Nevada SPCA Brunch Bash

Visit nevadaspca.org to buy tickets and learn more details about the Nevada SPCA Brunch Bash: 80s Edition.

You can also email [email protected] to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

Thank You: 2022 Albuquerque Backpack Giveaway

Our team received this thank you card from a family that attended our 2022 Albuquerque, NM backpack giveaway.

It’s always a pleasure to hear feedback from fellow community members.

We love giving back and helping local kids get ready for school!

Lerner and Rowe,

Thank you for being so Great! The backpack and school supplies are great help to getting my son ready to go back to school. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. Thank you Lerner and Rowe!

–Debbie & Eric

2022 Backpack Giveaways in Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix

We have had a very busy few days! So far this year, we’ve given away 2,250 backpacks with school supplies to the communities of Albuquerque and Tucson.

Our team loves being able to help families prepare for the new school year, as well as having the opportunity to make new friends and build stronger relationships along the way.

See you soon Phoenix!


Photos from our 2022 Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix Backpack Giveaways:


2021 Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix Backpack Giveaways

In 2021, team members gave away 2,250 backpacks with school supplies at our free back to school events in Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix.


Photos from Lerner and Rowe’s 2021 Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix Backpack Giveaways:

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back Jingles into Summer

Rekindling Holiday Magic This Summer

Christmas in July 2022

Christmas in July 2019 Our team looks for multiple ways throughout the year to assist those in need and spread cheer. The Christmas in July giveaway meets both those goals!

Here’s how it works: one winner a day will be announced from July 1 – July 31, 2022. Except that on Two for Tuesdays, entrants can tag a friend for a chance that both may win their wish! Prizes equal up to $500 in value.

Past winners have received exercise equipment, washers, dryers, small electronics, gift cards, bunk beds, small appliances, and a variety of other valued items!

Christmas in July Details

Now that you know the basics about the event, here are the more official details to note.

WHAT: Christmas in July Giveaway
WHERE: Online @ facebook.com/LernerAndRowe
WHEN: July 1 – July 31, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to win, you must:

  1. Must be 18 years old to enter OR have a parent or guardian’s permission.
  2. Be a legal resident of you must be a legal resident of Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Tennessee, Indiana, or Illinois.
  3. Like us on Facebook. (Skip this step if you already like our page.)
  4. Comment what you want for a gift on the daily Christmas in July post and your state of residency.
  5. Share the post with your friends and family!
  6. Agree to the terms of the official rules.

Find out more details about our the Christmas in July giveaway by contacting Cindy Ernst at (602) 977-1900. Or, you can visit the official contest page.

United Community Event in Las Vegas

annual united community event in Las Vegas

Our Las Vegas Gives Back team weathered high temperatures to grill 500 hot dogs during the 5th Annual United Community Event in Las Vegas located near neighborhoods close to Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road.

Event highlights included:

  • Free food and drinks
  • Free face painting
  • Games and prizes for kids
  • Free medical, vision, and dental check ups

“It is always a pleasure for our team to participate in community events that make a positive impact in local neighborhoods. Especially, events that make it possible for us to directly connect with and serve those who can benefit from free resources for the entire family.” -Glen Lerner


Photos from the 2022 United Community Event in Las Vegas: