Contact: Gabe Carrillo

Phone: (607)257-6400

Email: gcarrillo@cyradiogroup.com


August 17, 2016

Z95.5 Launches 5th annual ‘build your backpack’ community school supply program

ITHACA, NY — Saturday August 20, 2016 marks the start of one of the biggest events of the year for Z95.5, the Build Your Backpack campaign. Each August, Z95.5 teams up with local sponsors to provide free backpacks and school supplies to area students and families. This year, Z95.5’s morning show, The Morning Buzz, will give the community five opportunities to get stocked up on supplies beginning August 20th  at the Walmart in Ithaca.

“Every year, this is by far the event that I look forward to most,” says Z95.5 Brand Manager and co-host of The Morning Buzz, Gabe Carrillo, “throughout the year we are constantly looking for and acting on opportunities to give back to our listeners and communities and Build Your Backpack is one of the events that I know makes a big impact for so many. I’m overjoyed to welcome CFCU Community Credit Union to our team along with Fidelis Care and the Ithaca WalMart to help make this happen. Their involvement, as well as our distribution sponsors, is so critical to us being able to make the event bigger every year and ultimately, help more families.”


Carrillo goes on to add, “Every supply we can provide helps families make their budgets go farther and helps students feel more prepared and confident for school which is a direct relationship to how they approach and perform in the classroom.”


This year, one hundred backpacks filled with supplies will be distributed at the kick-off event from 11-12 at the Walmart in Ithaca. Z95.5 will be at the following locations from 4-5pm to distribute fifty bags at each stop to the community: Monday 8/22-Thrifty Shopper (Elmira Road, Ithaca), Tuesday 8/23-McDonald’s (Route 13, Cortland), Wednesday 8/24-McDonald’s (Triphammer Road, Ithaca), Thursday 8/25-CFCU Community Credit Union (Tops Plaza, Cortland).