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Project Backpack presented by Remke bigg's


CINCINNATI –Filling backpacks for area school children has become an annual event for FOX19 WXIX-TV and along with radio partner Kiss 107 once again this year you know that heat, humidity and threat of sweat will not keep this broadcast duo from carrying on one of the area's most important traditions with the return of Project Backpack presented by Remke bigg's.

Although it has been much wetter than usual this summer, it's still a fair bet to make that sunshine and higher temperatures are on the way. However, there is one other thing in the July and August forecast that FOX19 Meteorologist Frank Marzullo can absolutely guarantee and that is more pencils, crayons and notebooks donated by tri-state residents to fill the backpacks of area school children in need.

Now in its eighth year, Project Backpack has raised school supplies and backpacks for more than 8,500 Cincinnati-area children to date.  The 2013 goal is to surpass the 1,525 backpacks which were delivered last year.

Once collected, the backpacks are distributed to needy area families through cause-partners The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and The Brighton Center.


Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
large crayons - glue sticks - safety (rounded) scissors
book bags - book covers - tissues - paper towels

3rd Grade through 6th Grade
2 pocket folders - pens - crayon packs - wide ruled paper
red pens - scissors - book bags - pencils
colored pencils - pencil sharpeners - composition books
white glue - wooden rulers - tissues - paper towels
index cards - book covers

6th Grade through 8th Grade
2 pocket folders - pens - crayon packs
college ruled paper - red pens - scissors
book bags - pencils - colored pencils
pencil sharpeners - composition books - white glue
wooden rulers - protractors - highlighters - index cards
book covers - computer disks and other equipment
tissues - paper towels

9th Grade through 12th Grade
2 pocket folders - pens - crayon packs - college ruled paper
red pens - scissors - book bags - pencils
colored pencils - pencil sharpeners - composition books
white glue - wooden rulers - protractors
highlighters - index cards - book covers - calendar books
scientific calculators - computer disks and other equipment
tissues - paper towels


1.  In Person

Once again this year, FOX19 and Kiss 107will partner with area shopping center locations for a unique "drive by" event where tri-state consumers can drop off needed school supplies and help to fill the First Student school bus which will be on-site.

On four consecutive Friday mornings, FOX19's Frank Marzullo will join with Kiss 107's Jare and DJ Sab to broadcast LIVE from:

  1. Remke bigg's Hyde Park (July 26)
  2. Rookwood Commons (August 2)
  3. Northgate Mall (August 9)
  4. Remke bigg's Buttermilk Pike (August 16)

All events are from 6 a.m. to 11a.m.

Consumers who donate during one of these events will receive "instant" rewards for their efforts from local businesses. In addition to Marzullo and the Kiss Krew, each event will feature live entertainment, special attractions, surprises galore and unique special guests who will also be on hand to greet participants.

 2.  At Any Participating Remke bigg's Location

Backpacks and supplies are available for immediate purchase at any of the thirteen Ohio and Kentucky Remke bigg's locations.

13 locations in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati:

  1. Buttermilk Towne Center 560 Clock Tower Way Crescent Springs, KY 41017 859-331-4200

  2. Turkeyfoot 3960 Turkeyfoot Road Erlanger, KY 41018 859-746-5000

  3. Ft. Mitchell 2501 Dixie Highway Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017 859-331-2200

  4. Hebron 1952 North Bend Road Hebron, KY 41048 859-689-5300

  5. Newport 82 Carothers Road Newport, KY 41071 859-261-4200

  6. Taylor Mill 5016 Old Taylor Mill Road Taylor Mill, KY 41015 859-491-9889

  7. Turfway 6920 Burlington Pike Florence, Ky. 41042 859-283-2980

  8. Western Hills 5071 Glencrossing Way Cincinnati, Oh 45238 513-347-0300

  9. Delhi 5025 Delhi Rd. Cincinnati, Oh 45238 513-354-1700

  10. Highland Ridge 3740 Highland Ave. Cincinnati, oh 45213 513-731-7500

  11. Hyde Park 3872 Paxton Ave Cincinnati, Oh 45207 513-619-5454

  12. Skytop 5218 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, Oh 45230 513-231-0606

  13. Harrison 10501 New Haven Rd. Harrison, Oh 45030 513-367-2080

Remke bigg's stores will have donation stations for any donations, as well as pre-packed backpacks filled with school supplies ready to donate.

Customers are also given the option to make a monetary donation at checkout time.

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 3.  Donate Monetarily

Cash donations, which in turn are used to purchase more school supplies, may also be made at Remke bigg's or online via PayPal


About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati(BGCGC) operates on three pillars: graduate, fit for life and ready to serve. The BGCGC provides daily after school and summer programming for 11,000 children between the ages of 6 and 18 at seven locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. As the region's premiere youth development agency, The Boys & Girls Clubs strive to provide a safe, positive and fun environment focused on enrichment activities in arts, education, sports, leadership development and health, including a free daily hot meal. Club Membership is free with a completed application.CONTACT: Sarah Blazak, Marketing Assistant –(513) 421-8909 (Ext. 15)

About The Brighton Center:

The mission of Brighton Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education and leadership throughout the communities of Northern Kentucky. We will achieve this mission by creating an environment which rewards excellence and innovation, encourages mutual respect and maximizes resources.CONTACT: Kate Arthur, Community Investment Director –(859) 491-8303 (Ext. 2340) –

About Remke bigg's:

With 13stores in the Cincinnati area, Remke bigg's has always concentrated on customer service. All supermarkets claim to give good customer service, but at Remke bigg's this is our way of life and all customer requests are treated the same whether it is made of a bagger, a cashier, a store director or the president of the company. Of course Remke bigg's cannot exist except within the extraordinary communities we serve. We are always amazed at the tremendous effort on the part of so many people to make this world a better place. We want to help. CONTACT: Sarah McKinney, Advertising Director –(859) 594-3437 –

About Kiss 107 (WKFS-107.1 FM)

Kiss 107, owned by Clear Channel Media Cincinnati, broadcasts all the hits to the Greater Cincinnati Area. Weekday hosts include Jare, Ryan Seacrest and Billy The Kid. For more information, visit Clear Channel Media Cincinnati owns and operates 700WLW, 55KRC, Cincinnati's ESPN 1530, Fox Sports 1360, WEBN 102.7and Kiss 107, located at 8044 Montgomery Road Suite 650, Cincinnati OH 45236 fax: 513-333-4248. CONTACT: Justin Tabas, Director of Integrated Marketing–(513) 686-8590–


WXIX-TV channel 19 is the Fox Broadcasting Company affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio. The station's city of license is Newport,Kentucky. WXIX is owned by Raycom Media with studios and transmitter located in Cincinnati.With a strong belief in community, Raycom Media television stations take editorial positions on key community issues. It is the vision of the company that it be involved in the communities its broadcast properties serve. By editorializing on local issues and seeking out divergent points of view, Raycom Media television stations create an atmosphere of community dialog. Raycom Media is headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.CONTACT: Kevin Goryl, Marketing Director –(513) 562-2447) – # # #

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