Albuquerque Backpack Giveaway

2019 Albuquerque Back to School – Backpack Giveaway

We held our Albuquerque Back to School – Backpack Giveaway at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico. The event was a hit! 1,000 kids walked away with a backpack stuffed with school supplies just in time for the 2019-2020 school year.

Special thank you to all who attended and helped make this back to school event happen!!



Photos from the 2019 Albuquerque Backpack Giveaway:


CAPs 22nd District Back to School Health & Safety Fair

Chicago Community Sponsorship

Vanessa Soto and Harlan Schillinger from our Lerner and Rowe Gives Back Team visited today with Officer Carressa Northcross of Chicago Area Policing (CAPs) to finalize plans and sponsor CAPs 22nd District Back to School Health & Safety Fair.

“We value our long-time partnership with CAPs and the great work they are doing in keeping our neighborhoods safe. We especially appreciate their proactive engagement in the community and we are honored to support their cause,” shared Glen Lerner


Phoenix Backpack Giveaway

We had an amazing turnout for our 2019 Phoenix Backpack Giveaway! Thank you Kuban Elementary School for opening your doors to hosting the location, and to all of our team members and event volunteers who helped make the day possible.

It was a pleasure to meet each of the students and their family members who attended the event. Our team is beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to give away 1,500 backpacks to assist local students prepare for the school year!!

Take a look at a few moments captured at our 2019 Phoenix Backpack Giveaway:

Notes of Gratitude – 2019 Tucson Backpack Giveaway

Our team held the first of nine backpack giveaways this past Tuesday night at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson’s Roy Drachman Clubhouse. Thanks to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, our team members who volunteered their time, and the vendors who provided food and fun, we not only gave away 1,500 backpacks and school supplies in just three hours,  all who attended had fun too!

We love partnering with other community organizations to help alleviate some of the obstacles youth face, and making a huge difference in the lives of students in need.

Watch the live video taken during the 2019 Tucson Backpack Giveaway:

Posted by Lerner and Rowe on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Enjoy a few photos that capture the excitement of the 2019 Tucson Backpack Giveaway:


Thank You: 4 Pets for Vets 2019 Campaign


We missed thanking you in person this year, but were listening when you were in studio with Mark & Paul to announce your first donation for their 4 Pets for Vets campaign.

Then, we were with them on Friday when you called in from Vegas to push the (4 Pets for Vets) fundraiser up to $60,000. Thank you so much for supporting us in such a big way!

Soldier's Best Friend - Graduates

Enclosed is a collage of a few recent graduates, some whose stories were shared during the campaign. We will use your generous gifts wisely to help other veteran/dog teams this year.

With sincere gratitude,

Brenda Meir
Soldier’s Best Friend





Thank You from 4 Pets for Vets

Back to School – Backpack Giveaway 2019

For the third 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 the giveaways will take place in Tucson, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; North Las Vegas, NV; Albuquerque, NM; Nashville, TN; Merrillville, IN; Joliet, IL; Elgin, IL; and, Waukegan, IL. 

At each of the indoor Back to School events, students will receive a backpack to fill with all of these school supplies:*

Backpack Giveaway for New School Year

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

There will also be snacks to munch on and a radio remote to increase the energy of those in attendance!

Locations & Dates for 2019 Back to School Giveaways


We look forward to spending time with our community neighbors at the following FREE Back to School Backpack Giveaway events in Arizona, New Mexico, Tennessee, Illinois, and Indiana!

July 9, 2019 — Tucson, AZ from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson — Roy Drachman Clubhouse (5901 South Santa Clara Ave., 85706)


July 13, 2019 — Phoenix, AZ from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) | Kuban Elementary School (3201 West Sherman St., 85009)


July 27, 2019 — Nashville, TN from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | LEAD Southeast (531 Metroplex Dr., 37211)


July 28, 2019Albuquerque, NM from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  | Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico — Seligram Branch (3333 Truman St. NE, 87110)


August 3, 2019 — North Las Vegas, NV from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Cheyenne Sports Complex (3500 E Cheyenne Ave, North Las Vegas,  89030)


August 10, 2019 — Merrillville, IN from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) |Hidden Lake Park, Shelter #4 (6355 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410)


August 10, 2019 — Joliet, IL from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Spanish Community Center -A United Way Agency- (309 N. Eastern Ave., Joliet, IL 60432 *Main entrance is located off Franklin St.)


August 11, 2019 — Elgin, IL from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (noon) | The Centre of Elgin (100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL 60120)


August 11, 2019 — Waukegan, IL from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Carman-Buckner Elementary School (520 Helmholz Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085)

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

$8,000 Donation to Benefit 4 Pets for Vets


Kevin Rowe upped the ante by agreeing to give Soldier’s Best Friends a total of $8,000 to help bump the total funds raised for Veterans to just over $60k! 

The original amount Lerner and Rowe Gives Back donated was $4,000.

However, Kevin Rowe decided to call the station on Friday, June 20th to increase the total donation amount to $8,000!

This additional donation helped bump the final tally for the 4 Pets for Vets fundraiser to just over $60,000. Which means that 13 Veteran’s will be paired with a service companion!!! On average Soldier’s Best Friend pairs an approximately 60 soldiers and dog a year.

Listen now as Kevin tells Mark and NeanderPaul that he wants to donate more to take them over $60,000!:


(Original post from June 14, 2019 follows. )

Partnering Up to Aid Soldier’s Best Friends

4 Pets for Vets Donor SponsorsMark and Neanderpaul of KSLX team up with Soldier’s Best Friend to help raise funds to cover the costs of pairing four specialty-trained dogs with four Vets with disabilities. This is the second year Lerner and Rowe Gives Back has supported the 4 Pets for Vets fundraiser. We just love how much these radio hosts have stepped up and taken action to help make a difference in the lives of local combat Veterans.

To help the station reach their goal of pairing four pets with local Vets, we’ve agreed to pitch in and match up to $4,000 in donations.

Once a Veteran and dog are paired, they will train together to build a trusting relationship that saves two lives at once and inspires countless others.

Listen now to hear Kevin’s station with Mark and NeanderPaul at KSLX:



How Soldier’s Best Friend Makes a Difference

Soldier’s Best Friend is a 501-c3 non-profit organization. The organization is dedicated to pairing and training service or therapeutic companion dogs with U.S. military veterans who live with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TCI) at no cost to the veteran.

The extra special twist to these pairings is that in most instances the dogs chosen for training were rescued from local animal shelters. Meaning that two lives are touched for the good when a companion dog is chosen to help a veteran.

So donations not only help improve the life of a vet living with a disability, but they also help a homeless dog be placed into a forever home!

Join us is giving back and supporting this positive life-changing cause! Make a donation now at

Sports Pre-Screening Event for Las Vegas Student-Athletes

Title Sponsor of LV Sportz FoundationGiving Back to Protect Young Athletes in Las Vegas

We are pleased to once again sponsor one of Las Vegas Sportz Foundation’s Game Saver Programs. This summer program provides local student-athletes ages 10 to 18 with the opportunity to get a FREE pre-participation physical evaluation and heart screening for upcoming school sports activities.

July Game Saver Program details:

DATE: Saturday, July 27, 2019
TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Space (3460 Cavaretta Ct., Las Vegas, NV 89103), located off Polaris Ave., just North of Harmon Ave.

Please note that parents are required to schedule an appointment  in advance, as well as ensure their child brings an athletic packet from their school to the appointment. To learn more about this free pre-participation physical evaluation and heart screening event, visit or contact Brian Bartolome, LV Sportz Foundation (702-561-1267 or [email protected]).