Beauty and the Backpacks -- Allegheny Valley Salvation Army Celebrates "Back to School Bash" -- UnitedHealthcare Comes on Board

Jul 24, 2013, 09:03 ET from Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division

CARNEGIE, Pa., July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thanks to the legacy of the late Paul Field, approximately 500 kids will be returning to school in style.  On Saturday, August 10th, from 10:00 AM through 1:00 PM, Paul's family, friends and some very generous volunteers are hosting "The Fifth Annual Back to School Bash" for children from Natrona Heights, Natrona, Brackenridge, Tarentum, Creighton, Russelton, Deer Lakes, Indianola, Rural Ridge and Blaw Knox.  "Paul Field had a heart for children and believed they all deserved an equal chance in success," said Captain Rickie Armour, The Salvation Army's Allegheny Valley Commanding Officer.  Armour continued, "Paul passed away in October of 2008 and his family felt that the 'Back to School Bash' was the perfect way to honor his memory.  We're delighted that UnitedHealthcare is now joining forces with us to further enhance this important community event."


"UnitedHealthcare is committed to helping people live healthier lives and we are honored to partner with the Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Division and the family of Paul Field to help ensure that those children most in need not only have a healthy and fun start to the upcoming school year but also receive the basic tools necessary to succeed in the classroom," said Heather Cianfrocco, NE Region President .

Also supported by the Tarentum Auxiliary Eagles #699, The Salvation Army's "Back to School Bash" is a three-hour fair providing free backpacks, courtesy of United Healthcare and filled with school supplies from the Allegheny Valley Salvation Army; free haircuts, provided by Bella Capelli Academy of Paul Mitchell Hair Salon; dental screenings from the "Smiles" provided by Mobile Dentist; delicious complimentary food provided by the Allegheny Valley Salvation Army and distributed by The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services canteen and volunteers; safety registry for children provided by the Brackenridge Borough Police; a fire truck tour sponsored by the Pioneer Hose company; and karate demonstrations from CS Kim Karate of Natrona Heights; and vision screenings provided by March Vision.  Also provided are popcorn, cotton candy, sno-cones, games, educational activities, crafts, fun, and so much more.  Highlands School District and UnitedHealthcare will be onsite to provide valuable educational information.

Children must be pre-registered.  Applications will be taken Thursday July 25th, Tuesday July 30th and Thursday August 1st, daily from 4:00 PM through 6:00PM.  For more information, call the Allegheny Valley Salvation Army at 724-224-6310, extensions 2 or 4.

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers.  The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.  UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in London, England in 1865.  Today, it provides critical services in 126 countries worldwide.  The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services.  To learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto  The Salvation Army … Doing the most good . . . for the most people . . . in the most need.

SOURCE Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division