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YBPC Distributes Hundreds of Bookbags & Haircuts at Annual "I Know I Can Back To School Drive Sat. August 25
AKRON, Ohio – August 27, 2012 – The Young Black Professionals Coalition (YBPC) and DJ Mr. King hosted its 5th Annual “I Know I Can” Back 2 School Drive this past Saturday at Deon’s Grooming Lounge in Akron, attracting more than 600 inner city youth, parents and volunteers .
Students grades K-12 received bookbags filled with school supplies, free haircuts and nail styling during the six hour event. In addition there were community organizations and businesses on hand including Planned Parenthood, the FADIA organization, Ladies First basketball team, Pammies Soul Food Restaurant, Akron Inflatables and Best Buy The event, designed to prepare students for the upcoming school year, was the biggest turnout YBPC has had since it began hosting in 2007.
In the past five years, the event has reached more than 2,500 children and 1,100 adults from low-income families in the Akron area.
"It's a blessing to see how this event has grown each year," said YBPC member Naia Oden . "For some of these kids, this may be their only haircut or only school supplies they are able to afford this year. Just being able to help in some capacity is an humbling experience in itself."
Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:
Deon's Grooming Lounge
DJ Mr. King
Slater & Zurz LLP
Resse's Pieces Jewelery
Ladies First Basketball
The Essentials Basketball Academy
The Ohio State University Young Scholars Program
Akron Beacon Journal
West Side Leader
Erica Glover (OKBNU)
711 Corvette Club
and ALL the volunteers & supporters who helped make this event a success!!!
YBPC 3RD ANNUAL CHARITY KICKBALL ATTRACTS HUNDREDS OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND
The Young Black Professionals Coalition would like to thank everyone who supported and participated in the 3rd Annual 4th of July Charity Kickball Tournament this past Saturday at Erie Island Fields in Akron, Ohio.
Congratulations to Team Who's Your Daddy for taking home the 2012 championship trophy!
This year was by far the most competitive, hard fought yet fun tournament we have held to date. After all the dirt, sweat and pull muscles were rubbed away, YBPC raised $1,325 in registration, donations and supplies to help support its 5th Annual “I Know I Can” Back to School Drive and Community Resource Fair. The Back-To-School Drive will be held Saturday August 27 at Deon's Grooming Lounge, where more than 700 bookbags filled with school supplies will be distributed to innercity youth through the city of Akron.
Special thanks to the following sponsors for helping make this event a success:
Stop The Violence
DJ Mr. King
Sleep Night Club
New Realm Media
Check out footage from the Kickball Tournament (Courtesy of New Realm Media)
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