NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart & The Office Depot Foundation To Donate 5,000 Backpacks To Indianapolis-Area Children In Need

By Auto News Log • July 15th, 2010

WHO:

Indiana native Tony Stewart, a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ champion and driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy, will headline a special “Back To School Celebration” event at a local Office Depot store in Carmel, Ind. Stewart will be helping Indianapolis-area kids get ready to head back to school with the much-needed tools they need to succeed.

WHAT:

Stewart, who grew up in Columbus, Indiana, is partnering with Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation for a special “Back To School Celebration” to donate backpacks containing essential school supplies to Indianapolis-area children in need.

During the event, Stewart will assist the Foundation in donating more than 5,000 backpacks to representatives from local organizations as part of the Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program. The Foundation donates backpacks across the United States and Canada in an effort to help kids succeed in school. This year, the Office Depot Foundation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its National Backpack Program. Since the program began in 2001, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation have donated approximately 2.3 million backpacks to children in need. In 2010, Stewart will assist the Foundation in donating 300,000 backpacks nationwide.

Note to media:

These backpacks are not available to the general public. The backpacks are being donated only to the designated non-profit organizations named above.

WHERE:

Office Depot
12417 North Meridian Street (Hamilton Crossing)
Carmel, IN 46032

WHEN:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

• Backpack donation presentations: 2:00-3:00 p.m. local time (not open to general public)
• Autograph session w/Tony Stewart: 3:00-3:45 p.m. local time (open to general public – see details below)

NOTES:

Stewart will sign autographs for 350 fans at the event. Wristbands are required for the autograph session and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the 12417 N. Meridian Street Office Depot store beginning at 8 a.m. local time on the day of the event only (Thursday, July 22). Fans with a wristband must be in line no later than 3:30 p.m. local time to receive an autograph. One autograph per wristband.

PHOTOS:

– Tony Stewart presenting backpacks to local children and community organizations
– The No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice show car with a special “Back To School” paint scheme
– Stewart signing autographs for fans

MEDIA:

Tony Stewart will be available for one-on-one interviews at the event. Please contact Lisa Schmitz at (312) 240-2604 or lisa.schmitz@edelman.com to schedule an interview with Stewart.

Source: Courtesy of MATTER, Edelman Sports & Entertainment Marketing

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