Scottsdale Charros join outreach chorus for annual back-to-school drive

Scottsdale residents Osmara, at left, and Oscar Gomez at last year's Vista Del Camino Back to School Program. (File photo)

Scottsdale residents Osmara, at left, and Oscar Gomez at last year’s Vista Del Camino Back to School Program. (File photo)

The Scottsdale Charros have joined the chorus of local outreach entities, the city of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Unified School District in offering more than 1,000 students the opportunity to start the new year off on the right foot.

Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road, will play host to Covering the Bases Back to School 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 as families from across

Scottsdale will be able to shop free of charge for precious school supplies and clothes.
About 8 percent of Scottsdale’s population — 226,918 — lives beneath the federal poverty line, according to the 2010 Census. A gross annual income less than $23,350 for a family of four is the median poverty line in the 48 contiguous states, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“‘Covering the Bases’ is a fantastic project in so many ways,” said Scottsdale Charro Dan Postal. “We’re helping kids, we’re partnering with the city of Scottsdale, and working alongside many of the agencies we support. And of course, the Scottsdale Stadium is one of our favorite places!”

Mr. Postal is the president of Charros’ board of directors. For 54 years the Scottsdale Charros have been in constant pursuit of improving the lives of Scottsdale residents while preserving the community’s ties to its western heritage.

“We have contributed financially, and one of our staff has served on the planning committee,” Mr. Postal said of the group’s involvement.

“The Charros exist primarily to serve the community. We express this mission in our support of Spring Training baseball, through our work with Scottsdale Schools, and as we provide financial and volunteer assistance to the many wonderful nonprofits at work in our city.  ‘Covering the Bases’ covers all of our main tenets and values.”

Scottsdale partners for the effort, amongst others, include the Boys & Girls Club, Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, Partners for Paiute Neighborhood Center, Concerned Citizens for Community Health, Family Promises, Scottsdale Charros and the Arizona Law Enforcement Outreach and Support. In the private sector Kohls, Walmart and Payless ShoeSource have continued, and in some cases, increased their donation levels for the back-to-school drive, Scottsdale city officials say. In addition, free-of-charge health screenings will be provided at the August event made possible through the Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health program offered by Honor Health.

For a Scottsdale family of four to qualify for the back-to-school program the household can gross no more than $3,925 monthly, Vista Del Camino officials say.

To learn more about the effort to see how you can contribute contact Eddie Durazo at 480-312-0063 at the Vista Del Camino Community Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt St.

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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