PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns will be collecting donated backpacks this weekend at select Harkins Theatres locations throughout the Valley and movie fans will get a treat in return for their donations.
The Phoenix Suns, in partnership with Harkins Theatres and Coco-Cola, will host “Operation: Backpack” this Saturday and Sunday. Fans will receive two free Ultimate VIP admission tickets to any Harkins movie of their choice when they donate a backpack filled with school supplies.
The campaign is one of the Suns’ Operation Orange community outreach programs. Backpacks donated will be distributed to Communities in Schools, an organization that focuses on empowering Valley children to stay in school.
All backpacks donated will be delivered to Communities in School and then distributed to Valley schools at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.
Fans who participate in "Operation: Backpack" will have the opportunity to interact with Suns alumni, the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, as well as members of the Suns Dancers and APS Solar Squad.
Backpacks will be collected at any of the following Harkins Theatres locations:
Saturday, August 6:
Harkins Chandler Crossroads, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(2980 E. Germann Rd., Chandler)
Harkins Scottsdale 101, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
(7000 East Mayo Blvd, Phoenix)
Sunday, August 7:
Harkins Park West, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
(9804 W. Northern Ave., Peoria)
According to the release, Operation Orange is a new outreach program that focuses on connecting the Phoenix Suns with the community through family-friendly events and activities.
For further information on Operation Orange and events that will be taking place this summer, fans can visit the Suns’ website .
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