This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks to Wyoming Valley BMW/Porsche Wyoming Valley general manager Steven Ubaldini Jr. about Books and BMWs, an upcoming school supplies drive whose items will be donated to Volunteers of America.

Residence: Dallas

Educational background:Earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University

Title: Event coordinator

Q: What was the inspiration for this event?

A: As a Wyoming Valley West High School alumnus, the recent news about children not being able to afford their school lunches struck a chord. I felt like this was a great opportunity to give back to our local students.

Q: What items are you collecting?

A: We are collecting any type of school supplies that children might need.

Q: What else will be on hand at the event?

A: Rock 107 will here Saturday, Aug. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. with prizes and giveaways. We will have an ice cream truck on site as well. They will also present the donations to Volunteers of America.

Q: How will the donations be used?

A: Donations will be sent to Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack program. This program gives the school supplies to underprivileged children in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Q: How is this event unique?

A: While we are used to having private events, I am looking forward to having an open event that supports a charitable cause at our dealership.

If you go

What: Books and BMWs

When: Donations accepted, Monday, Aug. 12, through Saturday, Aug. 17; drive with prizes and giveaways, Aug. 17, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Wyoming Valley BMW, 1470 Highway 215, Wilkes-Barre

Details: For more information, call 570-287-1133.