Harkins Scottsdale 101 joins Phoenix Suns for school backpack drive

The Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, in partnership with Harkins Theatres and Coca-Cola, will host the fifth annual “Back-to-School Backpack Drive” on Saturday, Aug. 8 at two Valley Harkins Theatres locations, including the Harkins Scotttsdale 101.

SunsFans will receive two free Harkins Theatres Ultimate VIP movie passes for a backpack donation filled with school supplies. Suggested supplies include crayons, spiral notebooks, pencils and glue sticks.

The initiative will benefit Playworks, a local non-profit organization dedicated to improving the school and learning environment, ensuring that Valley children achieve a successful start to the school year.

Backpacks will be collected at two Valley Harkins Theatres locations, as well as at the Mercury-Tulsa Shock game on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at US Airways Center.

Times and locations for each of the backpack collections on Aug. 8 are:

* Harkins Chandler Crossroads 12, 2980 E. Germann Road, 10 a.m.-noon. In attendance will be Suns Broadcaster Tim Kempton and Suns Community Ambassador Steven Hunter.

* Harkins Scottsdale 101, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Appearing will be Mark West, Suns vice president of player relations, and Steven Hunger, Suns community ambassador.

The Gorilla and members of the Solar Squad will be on hand to interact with fans at each Harkins Theatres location.

Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country providing trained, full-time play coaches focused on recess and anti-bullying to thousands of children in low-income schools in major urban areas.

The organization also provides training and technical assistance to schools, districts and youth organizations that wish to include inclusive, healthy play as part of a positive learning environment. Visit www.playworks.org/arizona.



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