Team Backpack of Tacoma and the Forgotten Youth Foundation invite the community to the sixth annual Homeless Teens Backpack Project 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 21, 5-9 p.m. at the ILWU Local 23 Longshore Union Hall, 1306 Alexander Ave. E., Fife. Parking is free. Admission is $15 adults, $10 students.

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There will be a silent and live auction, 50/50 raffle (cash only), wildcard drawing, light hors d’oeuvres and music provided by Fly Tunes Entertainment. No host bar, must be 21+ and I.D. required (cash/Visa/MasterCard/American Express/Discover). Checks accepted for donations only but not for entry, auction items or raffle. Donation items for inclusion in backpacks are always welcome.

The mission for this project is to offer hope to homeless high school students in Tacoma and extend Team Backpack of Tacoma and the Forgotten Youth Foundation’s reach to the greater Pierce County area public schools by raising community awareness, generating community support, providing basic supplies for life and learning while enabling job readiness and self-sufficiency.

Team Backpack reduces some of the hardships that homeless teen students face by providing support to keep them mentally focused and in school through what is said to be the most challenging years in life while facing the added stress of living without a permanent home. With the help of donors in the community, it provides backpack and shoulder bags filled with clothing, personal hygiene supplies, gift cards to food establishments, coats, blankets and gift-items for the long holiday break and into the rest of the academic year.

The 2017 goal is to distribute 1,500 backpacks to homeless students in Tacoma and the greater Pierce County area public high schools. Funds raised at the annual auction will go toward the purchase of as many backpacks/shoulder bags supplies as the organizations can buy. Please join us in supporting our community’s homeless high school students, encouraging them to stay in school so they can become positive engaged members of our community. Thank you for your support. For more information, visit

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