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MANCHESTER GOES BACK TO SCHOOL RETURNS FOR YEAR TWO

The Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame is partnering again with the New Hampshire Fisher Cat,the Fisher Cats Foundation, Manchester Christian Church, and Queen City Paint to present Manchester Goes Back to School 2013 on Wednesday, August 14, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The back-to-school program, in its second year, will provide free school supplies to thousands of Manchester families heading back to school this fall. "A year ago, this was a new idea to provide a positive start for families heading into the new school year," said Art Solomon, Fisher Cats owner and chairman of the Fisher Cats Foundation board. "Because of the overwhelming gratitude and success of last year's event, we couldn't be more proud to team up with our partners to be able to help even more families this year." In the initial Manchester Goes Back to School event last summer, approximately 3,000 students received new school supplies, purchased and donated by members of Manchester Christian Church. This year, the Church is working to fill 4,000 red drawstring backpacks, which were donated by Delete Blood Cancer. "We have an amazing opportunity to come together as a church and show the Manchester area how much we love to care about our community," said Bo Chancey, Senior Pastor at Manchester Christian Church. "At Manchester Christian Church we pray for One daily, asking God to give us each one person to share His love with. Providing 4,000 bags of school supplies to our community is just one way we can share that love." "This is such a generous and beneficial event for our students as they enter a new school year," said new Manchester Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston. "Being new to this district, I am impressed by the community spirit of the Fisher Cats, Manchester Christian Church, Queen City Paint, and the Ted Williams Museum to host such an amazing event. This is a great steppingstone for a successful academic year." "It's wonderful that for the second year in a row the Fisher Cats, Manchester Christian Church, Queen City Paint, and the Ted Williams Museum have stepped up to provide Manchester students with school supplies," said Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. "The back-to-school program shows Queen City residents what great community partners we have within our City limits. Again, we thank the Fisher Cats, Manchester Christian Church, Queen City Paint, and the Ted Williams Museum for providing these students with supplies for the 2013/2014 school year." Additional funds and undistributed school supplies will be used to provide supplies to Manchester schools throughout the academic year. To become involved in Manchester Goes Back to School 2013, contact Jenna Raizes, Fisher Cats Director of Marketing & Public Affairs, at 603-641-2005 ext. 177 or jraizes@nhfishercats.com.