Checkered Flag Run Foundation hosts Families in Largest Back-to-School Giveaway in South Phoenix History

PHOENIX, July 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Checkered Flag Run Foundation and The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Phoenix South Mountain present the Fifth Annual “Tools 4 School” Sat., July 29, 2017, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Kroc Center, 1375 East Broadway, Phoenix.

Phoenix churches, businesses, social service organizations, schools and media host the largest back-to-school event in South Phoenix history. 7,000 youngsters will receive backpacks, school supplies, breakfast and haircuts to prepare for a successful school year.

Local church support includes Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, First Institutional Baptist Church, Tanner Chapel AME Church, Elevate Christian Church, Greater Bethel AME Church and Fountain of Life House of Worship.

Sponsors include Crescent Crown Distributing, Chase Bank, APS, UPS, SRP, AP & Associates LLC, State Farm, HMS Host, Aetna, Bob’s Bikes, Santa Barbara Catering, Hegg’s Auto Group, Food City, A to Z Distribution, Scottsdale Maserati, Arizona Community Foundation, PLS Financial, Allstate Self Storage, and others.

Special guests include Jonathan W. Lines, Arizona Republican Party chairman; Mesa Airlines Chair & CEO Jonathan G. Ornstein; and Scottsdale Police Chief Alan G. Rodbell. The Arizona Black and Hispanic chambers of commerce are supporting the event, along with the Greater Phoenix Urban League, Helios Foundation, 100 Black Men of Phoenix Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Maricopa County Branch of the NAACP.

About Checkered Flag Run Foundation. Checkered Flag Run Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 established in 2014 with a mission to provide diverse educational programs that impact students and veterans. Access to quality educational opportunities ensures the investment in every student and veteran to cross the “finish line.” Visit

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. Visit

SOURCE Checkered Flag Run Foundation

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