The 7th Annual Back-to-School Bash happens on August 4, Sunday at the Branson Recplex Park! The Branson Recplex Park is one mile north of the Branson Hills Parkway shops. “This is really a family-fun festival!” according to coordinator Terry Brown. “The last six years we have averaged over 2500 in attendance,” Brown said. According to Brown “We are raising money from Sponsors to purchase 1600 backpacks and school supplies." The brand new backpacks and supplies will be given out differently this year. Everyone checks in at a large tent called, “Backpack Check-In” where they got a blue Backpack card for each child.Then people decided to pick them up any time during the 3-hour event.
This year’s August 4th event includs the free swimming at the state-of-the-art Rec Plex pool from 5-8 p.m., and 7 giant inflatable’s on the Recplex soccer fields, games and climbing walls. The free swim was organized with three swimming times. Each time required a wrist band (given out in the registration lines). The pool opened at 5 and each shift with one hour with maximum of 600 in the pool for safety reasons. *Note: Branson Parks require swimsuits for anyone swimming in the park pools - therefore those with shorts are turned away.
Once again Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin will have some fire department’s vehicles be on hand to explore.
Every year we invite at least 20 non-profit organizations to offer a booth and show our community what they offer to the community. For the third time free vision screenings through Pearl Vision Eye Center will be available. Also again this year, attendees receive a free hot dog and a can of soda for each person.
Each family fill out a simple registration form to pick up back packs and nothing is required except children have to be present to receive packs and supplies. Families are encouraged to be on time and be patient as the volunteers organize the registration lines.
Backpack and supply sponsors include: KRZK 106.3FM, KOMC 1220 AM & 100.1 FM, The Grand Plaza Hotel, Branson Tourism, Lilley's Landing Resort, First Community Bank of Branson, White River Valley Electric CO-OP, Imax Theaters, Titanic, Turkey Feed and Farm Supply, MFA Propane, Chateau on the Lake Resort, KLFC 88.1 FM, Branson Daily Independent Newspaper, Stone County Times, Taney County Times, Meeks, Loyd's Electric, Ozark Mountain Ear, Nose & Throat with Dr. Travis Brawner, Coldstone Creamery, Tri-County Baptist Association, Awana, Branson Bank, COX Health Branson, CenturyLink, Country Mart, Monkey Moes Inflatables, Pierce Arrow Theater and Branson Tri-Lakes Newspaper.
The 2013 Back to School Bash event will be served by over 225 volunteers and underwritten again by FBC Branson (First Baptist Church). So far, over 9150 backpacks have been given away by area businesses, individuals and organizations in 6 years.
For more information call 334-7437.
"What an amazing gift the Back to School Bash is to our community. When the kids and their families join together to prepare for the school year, with new supplies, the energy is just contagious. Thank you First Baptist Church family for providing the tools, and more importantly the loving heart that shows we care and believe in these future leaders."
Raeanne Presley - Mayor of Branson
Sponsors in past: KRZK 106.3FM, KOMC 1220 AM, Branson - Hollister Rotary Club, The Grand Plaza Hotel, Branson Tourism, Branson Dental Center with Dr. Rick Tallon, Lilley's Landing Resort, First Community Bank of Branson, White River Valley Electric CO-OP, Quality Inn, Stonebridge Resort, Mountaineer Smoked Foods, Imax Theaters, Turkey Feed and Farm Supply, MFA Propane, Chateau on the Lake Resort, Arvest Bank, KLFC 88.1 FM, Signs Now, Branson Daily Independent Newspaper, Stone County Times, Taney County Times, Branson Daily News, Meeks, Culligan Water, Loyd's Electric, D,S & F Plumbing,Bob Evans Country Store, Dr. John Moore, Dr. Howard Loomis, Ozark Mountain Ear, Nose & Throat with Dr. Travis Brawner, Missouri Baptist Association, Farm Bureau, DS & F Plumbing, Steve’s Tree house Restaurant, Matt Engram Construction, Skaggs Hospital, Charlie Engram, Skaggs Community Medical Center, Century Link, Kanakuk Camps, Golden Coral.
DONOR STEPS: (Link here to Sponsor Page)
1. Decide how many sets of backpacks and supplies you want to donate for ($15 set)
(Donors above $250 will be included on poster and most PR materials)
2. Write a check to: FBC Branson - Put on memo: Backpacks 2012
2B. Give a gift online through secure church giving site: CLICK HERE - Note: Check box with Back to School Bash
3. Mail to: FBC Branson - 400 S. Sunshine - Branson, MO 65616
(FBC will send a receipt for your donation)
4. Note: All donations for backpacks are used 100% for the backpack and supply order.