Downtown Annapolis collects school supplies for area youth
Annapolis downtown worked hard to provide his local community with more than one reason to come back. In addition to being the region’s premier shopping and entertainment destination, the downtown core is also a part of Annapolis’ well-known philanthropic initiatives.
Over the past year, downtown has hosted a number of events to provide community support, benefiting schools, families, local first responders, and more. Its latest event, Cars & Kids, was no exception. Car enthusiasts, families and friends were welcomed downtown on August 22 for the chance to browse vintage cars, hot new rides and everything in between. The kids also had fun enjoying the balloon artists, face painting and other exciting and engaging activities. However, the highlight was the number of school supplies brought in and donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (BGCAA).
Over 100 cars were on display and over 500 guests attended the free four-hour event. A school bus, provided by BGCAA, was filled to the brim with donations from event attendees, as well as monetary donations made throughout the day. These contributions will directly benefit the 1,200 young people the club serves each year, providing members with back-to-school supplies and financial support to facilitate club programs.
“We are proud to support our local community and, more importantly, the organizations that continue to grow our younger generations,” said Shonda Wallace, organizer of the event. “It was a beautiful and powerful time to see the community come together. And, just another example of why we love to call Annapolis home.
The Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County is part of the national Boys & Girls Club movement, with a mission to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as as productive, caring and responsible. citizens. By providing programs in a safe and nurturing environment, members receive the resources and support they need to achieve their great future.
“We are grateful for everything the downtown area and the patrons of Cars & Kids have done to support our local youth,” said Taylor Gregg, director of youth development and program quality for BGCAA. “With your support, our members are well equipped to start the school year with confidence. Thank you!”
The Annapolis downtown continues to partner with other organizations for future events.
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