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Mar 03, 2020

Backpack Crew to Host Annual Fundraising Event

UPDATE: After careful consideration, The Backpack Crew has decided to postpone its fundraising gala scheduled for March 21 until fall 2020. This difficult decision was made with the best interest of our supporters and volunteers in mind. Tickets already purchased for March 21 are valid for the fall event or can be refunded.

A beach-themed night at the Molly Pitcher Inn on Saturday, March 21 will mark The Backpack Crew’s fifth annual fundraising event.

The year’s fundraiser for The Backpack Crew is the largest event of its kind, a fun-filled evening which will include dinner, an open bar, performances by live band and a silent auction.

Born from the desire to help local families struggling in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, The Backpack Crew recognizes that hundreds of families have children that rely on subsidized school lunch as their main, and sometimes only, meal of the day. What happens when they are not in school? That’s when the Backpack Crew and its caring supporters can help. Money raised at this event will support the organization’s mission to spread awareness and fight childhood hunger.

In addition to backpacks, the BPC Food Pantry, a twice monthly pantry offering shelf-stable and refrigerated items, proudly serves the community every first and third Monday of the month. All are welcome. The Backpack Crew is currently in its seventh year of service and continues to grow and support the needs of the community thanks to the many individuals and organizations in the area.

The gala begins at 6 pm. The Molly Pitcher Inn is located at 88 Riverside Ave. in Red Bank.

For information on ticket purchases, visit For more information about The Backpack Crew or the event, email or