La Casa de Don Pedro, one of Newark’s premier community based social service and community development organizations, will host a Wine & Cheese Night Fundraiser for Project Backpack on Thursday, July 25th at the RyArMo Photography Studio, 74 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Guests ages 21+ can enjoy a night of art, entertainment, great company, food & drinks, and charitable giving! Admission to the fundraiser is one new quality backpack or $15 worth of school supplies per person. Cash and credit card donations are also welcome!  Be sure to RSVP to Keishla Gonzalez-Quiles at

All donations collected throughout the evening will go toward Project Backpack, La Casa's campaign to prepare Newark children for the coming school year.  We will distribute all donated backpacks filled with school supplies at Newark's 12th Annual Festival de la Familia on Sunday, August 18th, 12noon-5pm on Broadway between Bloomfield Place & Broad Street in the Lower Broadway neighborhood.

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Festival de la Familia is made possible due to a strong partnership with the City of Newark and by the support of sponsors: Prudential Financial, Valley Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., M&T Bank, PSEG, Horizon NJ Health, Bayshore Family of Companies, Capacity Benefits & Financial Services, KIPP NJ, Latin American Motorcycle Association- Newark, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Downtown District, RyArMo Photography Studio, Rutgers University- Newark, Thornton Agency, UnitedHealthcare, and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association.

For further information about Project Backpack, visit  To learn more about Festival de la Familia, visit