• Verona Kids Rock Support Veterans’ Charity

    This past Sunday was the Anthony Fasano Foundation’s 11th annual Bocce Bash at Verona Park, and once again, it benefited Backpacks for Life. The charity, which was started by Verona native and Marine Corps veteran Brett D’Alessandro...

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  • Fasano Bocce Bash At Verona Park Next Sunday

    On Sunday, July 7, former NFL tight end and Verona native Anthony Fasano will host the 11th annual Anthony Fasano Foundation Bocce Bash at Verona Park. The event, which benefits Backpacks For Life, starts at 10 a.m....

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  • Park Bench To Honor Two Former VHS Students

    On Sunday, June 30, the Verona-based veterans support charity Backpacks For Life and the memorial foundation Sons of Verona will dedicate a Verona Park bench to remember the lives of Verona High School graduates Michael Halpert and...

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  • Vote Wednesday To Help Veteran’s Charity Win $25K

    Backpacks For Life, the charity started by Verona native Brett D’Alessandro, was recently nominated to compete for a $25,000 grant from a veteran-owned business called StreetShares. Backpacks For Life is currently in second place and today, Wednesday,...

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  • Golf Outing To Benefit Veterans

    Backpacks For Life, the veterans charity started by Verona veteran Brett D’Alessandro, has set its fourth annual golf fundraiser for Monday, April 29, at the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne. Tickets are $400 for an individual...

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  • VHS Grad Launches Kickstarter For Homeless Veterans

    Since 2014, Brett D’Alessandro has been working to make the lives of homeless veterans easier. Through his non-profit, Backpacks For Life, he filled donated backpacks with a variety of donated supplies, including clothing, toiletries and information on...

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  • Bocce For A Cause

    Saturday, September 29, was a great day for the annual Backpacks for Life and Dreams Can Happen charity bocce tournament in Verona Park. This year was the fifth annual event and the largest so far, with 18...

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  • MakerFest To Benefit Verona Veterans Charity

    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...

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  • Tennis Charity Tournament Benefits Homeless Vets

    On Wednesday, members of the Verona High School girls and boys tennis teams, alongside some teachers and tennis team alumni participated in a doubles tournament to raise money for the Backpacks for Life charity. Backpacks for Life...

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  • VHS Junior Collecting Donations For Homeless Vets

    Dominique Garcia, a Verona High School junior, is having a drive for donations to be given to Backpacks For Life. This is the charity started by Brett D’Alessandro, a 2010 graduate of VHS who also served in...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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