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.
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.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. She also writes Chef’s Table that profiles restaurants around the region. Additionally, Laura curates events online on AccessNEPA.com. Laura is involved in the special Mother’s Day edition and curates occasional features Marry Memories and Times Travelers. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She also earned a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5228.