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Wendy Williams visits the Backpack Challenge

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

For the sixth year in a row, FOX19 is helping area youth by participating in the Time Warner Cable Backpack Challenge.

On Friday, there was a special guest at Bridgewater Falls - popular TV host Wendy Williams.

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FOX19, Q102, Remke bigg's and Time Warner Cable are partnering with area shopping center locations for a unique "drive by" event where Tri-State consumers can drop off needed school supplies to help fill a school bus.

Once collected, the backpacks will be distributed to needy families in the Tri-State through the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, the Brighton Center and Inner City Youth Opportunities.

The Backpack Challenge has raised school supplies and backpacks for more than 5,000 Cincinnati-area children to date. The 2011 goal is to surpass the 1,623 backpacks that were delivered last year.

Backpacks and supplies are available for immediate purchase at any of the 14 Ohio and Kentucky Remke bigg's locations. Cash donations may also be made at Remke bigg's or here on FOX19.com.

FOX19 Meteorologist Frank Marzullo and Q102's Fritsch from the Jeff and Jenn Morning Show will be broadcasting live at Bridgewater Falls Lifestyle Center on  Aug. 12 from 6 to 10 a.m.

For information on how you can donate, maps of donation locations and a list of needed schools supplies, check out our special page on FOX19.com.

Events Scheduled for August 12 include:

  • Meet Wendy Williams - 9:00 to 10:00 AM
  • See The Beach Waterpark Splash Buggy
  • See the Goldstar Chilimobile
  • Beginning at 6am, Urgent Care will provide a FREE donut and a bottle of water to the first 19 people who stop by our broadcast position and say "I took the Backpack Challenge!"
  • TJ Maxx will be providing $25 gift cards for giveaway to random consumers making donations on-site
  • Code 9 performing live
  • Panera will provide a FREE bagel and a small coffee to the first 19 people in the 7am hour who stop by our broadcast position and say "I took the Backpack Challenge!"
  • Beginning at 8am, Chipotle will donate a FREE Burrito to the first 19 people who stop by our broadcast position and say "I took the Backpack Challenge!"
  • Beginning at 9am, Jimmy John's will provide a FREE 8" sub to the first 19 people who stop by our broadcast position and say "I took the Backpack Challenge!"
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