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On Saturday, August 23, 2014 we held our Annual "Back 2 School" Picnic presented by JRM Construction and Innovative Communications Concepts, Inc. (ICC) at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. Attendees included Grandparents and children from G.A.P. (Grandparent's Advocacy Project) a Bronx-based group that we help to support. Kathy Gibson, founder of G.A.P. was also on-hand.

Children ranging from age 4-16 years old enjoyed face painting, baseball, football, arts and crafts and more. This year we introduced our brand-new "Scavenger Hunt" which turned out to be a major hit! Eager participants sought out 11 items (plus a special bonus one) that we had hidden throughout the picnic area.

After working up an appetite guests enjoyed a delicious lunch menu (catered by "A World of Food") that consisted of: hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, BBQ chicken, corn, macaroni and potato salad, baked beans, tossed salad, fresh fruit, brownies and cookies.

At the end of the day, backpacks filled with school supplies were given out to all the children to ensure they are prepared for the new school year. (Bob W. from our office even completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of our attendees!) Thank you to our School Supplies Sponsors: Deb van der Heyden, The Sani Family, Cynthia Wolff and our food sponsor, Macy's.



The scene is set for our Back to School picnic! Just a sampling of the lunch menu catered by "A World of Food"!


Few kids could resist our fun arts and crafts table. Our picnic brought generations together for a day of fun.


On this afternoon, smiles were surely in abundance! By far the coolest tiger we've ever seen!


Here's the list of items the kids had to search for. This afternoon was all about Back to School and community!

Fr. Francis shares a photo-op with the children (and new backpacks!)
Thank you to the volunteers who served food today!
Our inaugural "Scavenger Hunt" was a success!
"We're having so much fun today!"
Bob W. completes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!