Suns, Harkins Host Backpack Drive

Marshall will be on hand at the Harkins in Scottsdale on August 11.
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Posted: August 6, 2012

The Phoenix Suns, in partnership with Harkins Theatres and Coca-Cola, will host a “Back-to-School Backpack Drive” on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12. The campaign will supply Communities in Schools, an organization dedicated to empowering Valley youth to stay in school, with backpacks and school supplies for the 2012-2013 school year. Coca-Cola is proud to connect two long-standing partners, Harkins Theaters and the Phoenix Suns, as an ongoing way to promote its Live Positively philosophy by giving back to the community.

Fans will receive two free Ultimate VIP admission tickets to a Harkins movie of their choice for a backpack donation filled with school supplies including crayons, spiral notebooks, pencils and glue sticks.

Suns rookie and first round draft pick Kendall Marshall, along with head coach Alvin Gentry, will make special appearances at the Scottsdale Harkins Theatres location on Saturday, August 11.

The Suns will collect backpacks on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at the following Harkins Theatres locations:

Saturday, August 11:

  • Harkins Chandler Crossroads, (2980 E. Germann Rd., Chandler) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Harkins Scottsdale 101, (7000 East Mayo Blvd, Phoenix), Suns rookie Kendall Marshall (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.), Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry (2 – 3 p.m.)

Sunday, August 12:

  • Harkins Park West, (9804 W. Northern Ave., Peoria), 1 - 3 p.m.

Suns alumni and The Gorilla will be on hand to thank and interact with fans at the Chandler Crossroads and Park West locations. In addition, members of the APS Solar Squad will be present at all three locations.

All items collected from the campaign will be delivered to Communities in Schools and then distributed to students as they begin the 2012-2013 school year