Donors hit ‘Backpack’ out of the park [photos]

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image VIEW MORE PHOTOS | Backpack in the Park @ Piedmont Park imageFace paint, carnival games, plenty of sunshine and a whole mess of backpacks for disadvantaged back-to-schoolers drew LGBT families, couples and singles to Piedmont Park on Saturday for Backpack in the Park. The annual event from the doing-good-in-the-neighborhood minds of the gay-led nonprofit For the Kid in All of Us invited one and all to help Georgia's less privileged kids go back to school. And respond they did (photos). For the admission price of one $30 gift card or one new backpack—Hello, Kitty a plus—filled with school supplies, guests enjoyed tunes by DJ Vicki Powell, summertime drinks, and an unrivaled altruistic atmosphere. imageHundreds attended, and the goal was to collect a record 1,800 backpacks to soar past last year’s record of 1,600 donations. The total number of backpacks and gift cards wasn’t tallied yet on Tuesday. The young and the young at heart enjoyed the carnival games, and there was even a VIP area for donors who got prime seating to watch it all, as well as all-access passes to the rest of the 2011 For the Kid events. That includes fun like For the Kid’s annual patron and sponsor party (view photos) in November and this year’s first-ever Project Prom (view photos) in March. That event featured a fashion show of designer remakes of used prom dresses. imageAnd of course, all-access donor passes also include For the Kid’s annual Toy Party, which has become LGBT Atlanta’s biggest holiday-season event with thousands of attendees. Like Backpack in the Park, Toy Party keeps Georgia’s kids at the forefront by collecting gifts for kids whose families may not be able to afford presents under the tree. After a whole afternoon of fun in the sun on Saturday, folks who hadn’t had enough headed over to Joe’s on Juniper for the official Backpack in the Park Afterparty. Photos by Sher Pruitt


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