The 6th Annual Bocce Tournament to benefit Backpacks for Life and Dreams Can Happen will take place at the Verona Park bocce court on September 21 at 9 a.m. 

Backpacks for Life, founded by Verona Resident and U.S. Marine Corp. veteran Brett D’Alessandro, distributes backpacks and provides support to homeless veterans.  Their mission is to provide a unique and personalized support system for homeless and at-risk veterans who are struggling to reintegrate back into civilian life. The organization has distributed more than 6000 backpacks in 16 states, and all supplies are donated by members of the community.

The outreach doesn’t end once the backpacks are distributed.  At this point, a representative from Backpacks for Life will ask the veteran what else they need and help them navigate the many programs and resources available through their coaching and mentorship service. 

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For more information on Backpacks for Life, visit

Dreams Can Happen provides immediate financial support to Montclair and local individuals, families and organizations in need.  For more information about Dreams Can Happen, visit