2021 Backpack Giveaways & Back to School Events

Backpack Giveaway for New School Year

For the fifth 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 school supplies:*

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

Locations & Dates for 2021 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, Indiana, 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.


August 14, 2021 — Merrillville, IN from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.* | Dean & Barbara White Community Center (6600 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410)

500 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this FREE back-to-school event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger, and then staying for FREE food and games.

Backpack and food quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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August 14, 2021 — Chicago, IL from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m* | Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy ( 5024 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60609)

750 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be given away at this FREE back-to-school event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger, and then staying for FREE food and games. We’d also like to extend a special “Thank You” to our community partner Dr. Eugene Jao from La Clinica Injury Specialists for his financial contribution towards our Chicago backpack giveaway.

Backpack and food quantities are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 31, 2021 — Las Vegas, NV from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.*  | The Boulevard Mall (3528 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169) 

In partnership with the Clark County School District Police, we will be giving away a total of 1,000 FREE backpacks at The Boulevard Mall’s 2021 Back to School event! Families are invited to join the fun by collecting one backpack per student 18 years of age or younger from our team. They can then stuff the backpack with school supplies collected at other booths to help prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.

Backpacks and school supplies are limited and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 24, 2021 — North Las Vegas, NV from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* | Craig Ranch Amphitheater (628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032) 

Lerner and Rowe is pleased to support local youth and families as a community sponsor of the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD) Cops Back to School Revive. For this back to school event, our team is providing food and drinks to help keep attendees refreshed and energized to join in all of the fun activities planned.

Free items and services are offered to K-12 students, families present with K-12 students, or teachers as applicable and while supplies last, on a first-come, first-served basis, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.

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July 20, 2021 — Phoenix, AZ from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.* | Metrocenter Mall parking lot (9617 N Metro Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ 85051)

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.

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July 19, 2021 — Tucson, AZ from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.* | Kino Sports Main Complex (2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, 85713) in the parking lot south of E Milber St

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.

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July 17, 2021 — Albuquerque, NM from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* | The Pit parking lot (1111 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 87106)

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.

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

2021 NLVPD’s Back To School Revive Sponsor

NLVPD Back to School Revive 2021

Our Lerner and Rowe Gives Back team in Las Vegas rocked the North Las Vegas Police Department’s (NLVPD) Back To School Revive event, by barbecuing thousands of hot dogs to feed the families that came out to receive back to school supplies.

Attendees received backpacks and then proceeded through the vendor line to fill the packs with school supplies. They also received free haircuts, medical exams and so much more.

Back to School events are one of the staples at Lerner and Rowe Gives Back. When it comes to making a difference in people’s lives, we love to serve our neighbors, and it is especially rewarding to provide their children with everything they need to get off to a good start at school. With the high cost to families, we are honored to serve our neighbors in need,” shared Glen Lerner.


Photos from the 2021 NLVPD’s Back To School Revive event:

2021 Backpack Giveaways in Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix

We have had a very busy few days! 2,250 backpacks with school supplies were given to the communities of Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix. 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 in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Merrillville!


Photos from our 2021 Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix Backpack Giveaways:

$5,000 Donation to Benefit Soldier’s Best Friend

Soldier's Best Friend 2021

For the fourth year, Lerner and Rowe has supported KSLX radio personalities Mark and NeanderPaul’s annual fundraiser—Operation Pets and Vets—that directly benefits Soldier’s Best Friend, an organization that matches combat Veterans with a furever companion.

This year we contributed $5,000 out of the total $62,000+ that was raised to help cover the costs associated with pairing four local Vets affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a service or therapeutic companion dog, at no cost to them!

Why We Give Back to Soldier’s Best Friend

What we really love about Soldier’s Best Friend is that most of the dogs chosen for training are rescues from a local animal shelter. This means that two lives are given a helping hand and a newfound sense of hope for a brighter future.    

You can join us in supporting local Vets and sheltered dogs by making an online donation now at SoldiersBestFriend.org.

Paws in the Park “Top Dog” Sponsor

Paws in the Park "Top Dog" Sponsor sign

This past weekend our Indiana team had the pleasure of attending Humane Indiana’s Paws in the Park event at Community Park in Munster, IN.

Pet owners and lovers came out with their furry friends to enjoy a pet-friendly one mile walk, food, games, and other fun activities while supporting the work that Humane Indiana does.

Lerner and Rowe was proud to give back as a “Top Dog” sponsor with a $2,500 donation.


Las Vegas Inner-City Youth Hockey Mentorship Program

Photo of a youth smiling while wearing a hockey helmet

Our Lerner and Rowe Gives Back Las Vegas crew has been sponsoring an incredible program in the heart of 89169! We’ve teamed up with City Wide Power, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), FREE International, the Golden Knights, and the National Hockey League Foundation to provide positive role modeling and life skills through sports to our inner-city youth.

Inner-City Youth Hockey Program for the Win

The program began four weeks ago with us teaching 30 kids who reside in 89169 how to play street hockey. Today, the kids were moved indoors out of the sweltering summer heat to learn how to ice skate at Lifeguard Arena. Players from the Golden Knights and LVMPD were on hand to outfit them with skates, jerseys, and helmets. Over the next several weeks they will be coached on how to play ice hockey and enjoy the camaraderie of being part of a positive sports environment.

“Partnering with organizations like City Wide Power, Las Vegas Metro PD, and the Golden Nights to provide our inner-city youth with  after-school activities and positive role models, is exactly why we formed our Lerner and Rowe Gives Back foundation,” shared Glen Lerner.


Photos that capture the fun shared during the youth’s first day on the ice at Lifeguard Arena:

2021 Mermaid Straw’s Beach & Dunes Clean-up

2021 Mermaid Straw's Clean-up

Our Indiana and Illinois teams spent the last two weekends cleaning up over 100lbs of trash from our local beaches during Mermaid Straw’s 2021 Clean-up Days!

In 2020, we collected nearly 40lbs of trash from sandy hills at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

As summer kicks off, it’s important to keep our beaches, parks, and hiking trails clean and litter free.

Thank you to our staff and other local community members who came out to clean 31st Street beach in Chicago and those who participated in the clean-up at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

You can learn more about how Mermaid Straw works to keep plastic out of the environment at mermaidstraw.com


Annual Las Vegas United Community Event Sponsor

Lerner and Rowe serving hot dogs at a Las Vegas United Community event

On Saturday, May 29th at an annual United Community event held near East Flamingo Road and Boulder Highway, our Las Vegas outreach team was pleased to sponsor, serve hot dogs, and hand out water to 500 attendees. This free family-friendly event featured games and prizes for kids, face painting, as well as free dental, vision, and medical checkups.

“I am so glad that Las Vegas is beginning to reopen and that people once again have the opportunity to gather and enjoy community events with their neighbors. Our team has missed these types of events that allow us to serve our neighbors. We truly enjoy taking an active role in planned activities that help to improve the quality of life of those in need,” shared Glen Lerner.


Photos from the annual Las Vegas United Community event:

$5k Sponsors of “Be a Hero” Campaign

2021 Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Summer Camp Programs

Be a Hero campaign sponsor

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back has answered the call to “Be a Hero” by sponsoring the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson’s (BGCT) summer camp program. Prior to the pandemic, our team has been pleased to repeatedly support the Clubs’ annual fundraiser THE EVENT.

For 2021, BGCT decided to postpone this major fundraiser after reviewing all the variables and restrictions that the city and/or county would put on such a large event. In light of this postponement, the Clubs need to find alternative ways to continue funding its year-round programming and operations that serve over 4,200 club members and over 12,000 Tucson young people. 

How You Can Become a Hero

You can join us in supporting youth in the Tucson community by providing an online donation, or volunteering your time. Contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson directly for more information by emailing your questions to admin@bgctucson.org, or by visiting bgctucson.org.

Thank You: Sponsorship of MAM’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament

MAM's 7th Annual Golf Tournament

On behalf of our MAM staff and the many AZ active military members in need, thank you so much for your support at this year’s Golf Tournament presented by Lerner and Rowe Gives Back.

You helped raise a little more than $30,000 for our troops.

Again, we thank you and the Lerner and Rowe Team for what you do to help our military members in need. All the best!!

With Patriotism,

Marc Boehm (Bame)
Executive Director
Military Assistance Mission aka MAM
602-246-6429 (O)
402-540-4005 (C)


Photos from the MAM’s 7th Annual Golf Tournament: