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 COX Communications and the Clark County School District Police Department at an indoor back to school events 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)

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 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)

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 Phoenix Backpack Giveaway, please contact Cindy Ernst or Christa Luirette with Lerner and Rowe Gives Back at (602) 977-1900.

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July 23, 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 COX Communications and the Clark County School District Police Department at an indoor back to school events at Boulevard Mall. 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 30, 2022 — Las Vegas, NV from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.* | Meadows Mall (4300 Meadows Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89107)

Our Las Vegas team is pleased to partner with COX Communications and the Clark County School District Police Department at an indoor back to school events at Meadows Mall. 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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August 6, 2022 — Henderson, NV from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.* | Galleria Mall (1300 W Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89014)

Henderson Back to School Event Highlights

Our Henderson team is pleased to partner with COX Communications and the Clark County School District Police Department at an indoor back to school events at Galleria Mall. 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 Henderson 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 (312) 590-2634.

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

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.

5th 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 held in the Las Vegas neighborhoods of 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:

2022 Philippine Independence Day Celebration

Philippine Independence Day Celebration

On June 11th our team had the opportunity to join 30+ vendors at the ASU West Campus to participate in a 124th Philippine Independence Day Celebration brought to the public by the Council of Filipino Organizations of Arizona in cooperation with ASU-PASA.  

Event highlights included:

  • Parade
  • Cultural, fashion, and variety shows
  • Raffle prizes
  • Beauty pageant
  • Kids crafts
  • Booths and exhibits
  • Food vendors
  • Health screening
  • Live entertainment
  • And, more

For more details about the event, visit azpidc.com


Photos from the 124th Philippine Independence Day Celebration:

Proud to Support the Heroes United Hockey Program

One of our favorite Lerner and Rowe Gives Back community activities is working with community partners who serve disadvantaged children. Heroes United Hockey is one example of a such a program that has proven to have a positive impact in the lives of local youth.

What Is the Heroes United Hockey Program?

Heroes United Hockey is a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) charitable program where LVMPD officers volunteer to teach and play hockey with local children. 

Positive Impact of Heroes United Hockey

This program has contributed to dramatic decreases in violent crime and increased high school graduation rates in the Liberty Baptist Church neighborhood (near Lake Mead Blvd. and Torrey Pines Dr.) where the program first started. This success rate spurred them to include weekly activities at Balm of Gilead Global Ministries on Twain Ave. and Swenson St.

The ultimate mission of Heroes United Hockey is to strengthen our community, help lower crime, and provide a healthy atmosphere for competition and personal growth by successfully creating friendships between officers and youth from low income families through ICARE  (Integrity, Courage, Accountability, Respect for others, and Excellence) Values.


June 2022 – Metro’s Heroes United Hockey Program:


May 2022 – Metro’s Heroes United Hockey Program:

Guadalupe Summer Splash Presenting Sponsor

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back was pleased to join AZ Care Transport as a presenting sponsor of the Guadalupe Summer Splash on June 4th at Biehn Colony Park. The event was open to the Town of Guadalupe and Pasqua Yaqui families. 

Highlights of the Guadalupe Summer Splash include:

  • Bounce house 
  • Water slides
  • Obstacle course
  • Cotton candy  
  • And more 

Questions about this event? Please comment on the town’s Facebook event post for the Guadalupe Summer Splash. Or, you can call (480) 730-3080 Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Photos from 2022 Guadalupe Summer Splash:

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

JUNE 21, 2022 UPDATE: Lerner and Rowe gave another $5,000 for a total donation amount of $10,000!

Listen now to Kevin Rowe’s call to Mark and NeanderPaul letting them know about our initial donation that included a teaser about given back even more later.


For the fifth year, Lerner and Rowe will support KSLX radio personalities Mark and NeanderPaul’s annual fundraiser—Operation Pets and Vets—by pledging $5,000 to Soldier’s Best Friend. Soldier’s Best Friend is a 501-c3 non-profit organization that helps pair one trained dog to a deserving veteran. 

Our team is excited to be one of five local donation partners to join Mark and NeanderPaul in 2022 and help them exceed last year’s results from June 6th through June 24th.

2021 Helped More Local Veterans Than Before 

In 2021, the goal was to raise $20,000 to help cover the costs associated with pairing four local Vets affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to four service or therapeutic companion dogs, at no cost to them. 

At the end of the program, KSLX, station listeners, and fellow local business partners helped raise over $70,000—which gave 15 dogs a new home and 15 veterans a new companion!

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.

Humane Indiana’s Paws in the Park 2022 Sponsor

Our Indiana team has the pleasure to once again sponsor Humane Indiana’s Paws in the Park event. For 2022, the event will happen on Saturday, June 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Community Park in Munster, IN. 

Pet owners and animal lovers can join their furry friends by enjoying a pet-friendly one-mile walk, doggie fashion show, food, games, and other fun activities while supporting the work that Humane Indiana does.

We invite you to join us in giving back to help the Humane Indiana by attending Paws in the Park, or by gifting an online donation now.


Photos from 2022 Paws in the Park:


Photos from 2021 Paws in the Park:

98KUPD’s Operation Hydration 2022

98KUPD’s annual Operation Hydration campaign starts right after Memorial Day. As a continuous supporter of this life-saving initiative, Lerner & Rowe is pleased to once again pledge to donate $5,000 worth of water to the Phoenix Rescue Mission.   

Operation Hydration Water Bottle Drop-Off Locations

You are invited to join us in supporting our more vulnerable community members by dropping off bottled water cases at the following locations through Labor Day:

Operation Hydration 2022

98KUPD Studios

1100 North 52nd Street, Phoenix

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(602) 585-9800

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Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Donation Warehouse

3440 W Lewis St, Bldg A, Phoenix

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

(602) 346-3347 

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If you are not able to stop by a drop-off location but would still like to support Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Code:Red heat relief program, make a gift online today at PhoenixRescueMission.org/CodeRed.