MakerFest To Benefit Verona Veterans Charity

By on June 4, 2018

Backpacks For Life, a nonprofit co-founded by a Verona resident that serves the homeless, low income and at risk veteran community, is. partnering with two other amazing nonprofits to hold a MakerFest in support of our veterans and foster care children.

Maker Depot Academy hosts MakerFest each year to bring awareness to the maker movement. This year Children In Unity, a nonprofit that serves kids entering the foster care system, and Backpacks For Life are participating as well, and all proceeds will go to these organizations.

Their MakerFest is being held on Sunday, June 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Totowa, and they say it will be a family-friendly event. Attendees can expect an amazing carnival-meets-makerfaire experience, where they can participate in various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) related activities including a dinosaur dig, a magician, blacksmith demo, and much more. The event will also feature various food and drink vendors.

The event will be held at Maker Depot, 60 Commerce Way, Totowa. Tickets, which can be purchased online here, are $20, but kids under the age of five are free.

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Backpacks for Life was created in 2014 ago by Brett D’Alessandro, a 2010 graduate of Verona High School who served in the Marine Corps. It has handed out over 4,000 backpacks to veterans in need, filled with daily essentials, toiletries and long term resources to aid them in getting back on their feet.

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