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Back to School event organizers thank donors

NASHUA — Since 2004, the Nashua Goes Back to School event has continued without a hitch, celebrating its 15th anniversary Thursday evening.

Students and parents poured through the doors of the Nashua Public Library waiting patiently for backpacks filled with new school supplies. They also got to meet and greet Nashua’s principals and assistant principals.

Event planners acknowledged this event could not be possible without the help of many. They are especially thankful for the donors. This year, donors raised $10,500, nearly the highest amount the event has seen in its 15 years.

All donations assisted with the purchase of school supplies for Nashua students and helped make the event run smoothly. This year, there were a total of 37 donors. Though most donated in a monetary form, several others helped by providing services.

This year’s top donors include Oracle, Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame and the Nash Foundation. Each company/organization donated $1,000 or more toward the event.

The next level of donors includes Bank of America, Brady Sullivan Properties, Dean’s Carpet & Decorating, Harvey Construction Corp., Law Logistics Inc., Nashua Lions Club, Nashua Wallpaper Co., New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Queen City Paint and Wallpaper, and Stellos Electric Contract Inc. This group brought in a combined $5,000.

After this were donors Bausch Articulating Papers Inc., The Stabile Companies, Surf Restaurant, TCS of America Enterprises, The Lannan Company Inc., Chick Beaulieu Inc., Eaton and Berube Insurance Agency LLC, Hirsh and Co. Inc., New Hampshire Sen. Melanie Levesque, D-Brookline, Tokyo Joe’s Studios of Self-Defense, Nashua Glass and Peggy Gilmour. With the efforts of this group, another $2,000 was raised.

There were also other donors who gave supplies and volunteer time.

Able Moving and Storage Co. donated storage boxes for the event. Accurately Account 4 Inc. donated 300 two-pocket folders. Bellavance Beverage Co. Inc. donated bottled water. Fratello’s Italian Grille of Nashua donated lunch for volunteers. JajaBelles donated coffee and pastries. Jeannotte’s Market donated ice. Perfect Entertainment provided DJ Services. Service Credit Union donated backpacks. Southern New Hampshire Health Services donated the drawstring bags for students. Southern New Hampshire Pokemon Club provided volunteers and South Nashua’s Staples Store 0061 donated 800 Fine Point Dry Erase Markers. In addition, the city of Nashua donated funds, a stage, space at the library, waste management, and a food permit.

“I can’t thank all our donors enough,” George Katis, the Nashua Goes Back to School event organizer who oversees donations, said. “Most of our donors have been helping us out for the 15 years we have been running this event. Nashua Goes Back to School would not be on if it weren’t for the help of these generous people.”

Grace Pecci may be reached at 594-1243, or at gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.