Help “Pack the Park” for Hope Fest this October
Each year in October, local Tucson volunteers and businesses unite to offer much-needed help to those in need during an event aptly named Hope Fest. This year, Hope Fest will take place on Saturday, October 22 at Kino Stadium (formerly Tucson Electric Park), and will provide free medical and dental care, groceries, haircuts, clothing, and hygiene items to Tucsonans in need. On Friday, October 21, Hope Fest will hold its first annual “Pack the Park” donation drive, and is calling on the community to drop off gently used clothing, plus new hygiene items, canned food, diapers and stuffed animals at Kino Stadium between 7am and 7pm. Kino Stadium is located at 2500 E. Ajo Way in Tucson.
All collected donations from Friday’s Pack the Park donation drive will be distributed on Saturday to those in need, including poor, underprivileged working families and the homeless in Tucson. At the same time, local organizations will provide free medical and dental care and haircuts. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and nurses will give flu shots, check vital signs, blood pressure and glucose levels, perform eye and hearing tests, and conduct HIV and pregnancy tests. Over 175 dental professionals will also donate their time and services to Hope Fest, providing cleanings, full exams, X-rays and cavity care to those who need it. If extensive dental work is needed, the patient will be transferred to a dental office where that work can be completed.
Kino Stadium gates open for Hope Fest 2011 at 9am on October 22, also known as national “Make a Difference Day.” The event concludes at 3pm.
Hundreds of local volunteers and non-profit, government, social service, and faith-based organizations are expected to come together once again for a common cause during Hope Fest 2011. Sponsored by Pima Medical Institute, other contributors to this year’s event include Southern Arizona Endodontics, Delta Dental Foundation of Arizona, Student Health Advisory Committee (University of Arizona Students), Airtronics, Inc., Pima County, and Sam Levitz Furniture. If you are interested in donating to “Pack the Park” or volunteering at Hope Fest 2011, please go to www.hopefest.com.
Hope Fest is in its 19th year and is hosted by Hope Network, Inc., a local non-profit organization that provides Tucsonans with the basic necessities of life. The annual charity event won the National Make a Difference Day Award for volunteerism in 2008, the Governor's Volunteer Service Award in 2010 and the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award in 2010.
About Hope Network, Inc.
Hope Network, Inc. is a local non-profit organization and the organizer of Hope Fest. This event is held each October as a part of “National Make a Difference Day” to provide help for Tucsonans who are in need of life’s basic necessities. Hope Fest is a 2008 recipient of the National “Make A Difference Day” Award for outstanding volunteerism and the 2010 recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer and Service Award. Lisa Chastain is the Founder and CEO of Hope Network and the organizer of Hope Fest 2011. For more information, please visit www.azhopenet.org.
2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ