You know what feels great? Drinking beer and giving back to your community. On August 3rd, you have the chance to do both at the “Back Pack to School” Supply Drive + Buzzed Spelling Bee. 

Studies show that when kids have new school supplies of their own grades -- classroom behavior, engagement, self-esteem, and attitudes toward school and learning all improve.

Metropolitan Ministries Tampa, Florida works to get kids the supplies they need by providing backpacks, uniforms, and school supplies to more than 250 children annually.

Simply Stated Media and 81Bay Brewing Company have teamed up to help them!

Every person who brings a backpack, set of school supplies, or $20 donation to the event will get:

  • A free select beer from 81Bay Brewing Company
  • Multiple chances to win prizes from sponsors
  • Food discounts from Vamos Gourmet Food Truck
  • Free chair massages from Loving Life Therapy (first come, first serve) 

And, the event will feature a live “buzzed” spelling bee. Up to 15 participants will compete to see who is the best speller at the bar. The winner will receive prizes from 81Bay. 

Other event sponsors who will be giving away prizes throughout the night include: 

Raffle prizes include gift certificates, sunglasses, jewelry, free preschool reading assessments, beer goodies, two tickets to the Bolts Brew Fest, and Tampa Bay Lightning hats signed by Peter Budaj and Victor Hedman!

So stop by, bring a backpack, have a beer, relive your childhood, and get a chance to win some great prizes, all while supporting your local community.

Metropolitan ministries list the most needed school supply items as: 

  • New Backpacks (teens and children unisex)
  • 3 Ring Binders (1.5 & 3 in.)
  • Notebook Paper (college and wide ruled)
  • Standard Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Eraser
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pocket Folders Colored Pencils
  • Tissues
  • Scientific Calculators

The event is Thursday, August 3rd. Registration starts at 6:30 and the spelling bee starts at 8 pm. 81Bay Brewing Company in South Tampa. For more information visit:

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