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Hundreds of San Gabriel Valley Girls Receive Free Shoes, Backpacks in La Puente

Hundreds of San Gabriel Valley girls receive free shoes, backpacks in La Puente

Ann Marie Smith gives Brisa Mendez, 6, new shoes and a loaded backpack during Aldabella Scarpa´s fifth annual Shoe Giveback Event providing shoes for 300 girls-in-need at Hurley Elementary School in La Puente on Friday August 16, 2013. The girls are selected from Villacorta, Northam and Hurley Elementary Schools in La Puente and are given designer shoes, backpacks filled with school supplies, haircuts from Supercuts and craft workshops from Home Depot. (Whittier Daily News/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger) 

LA PUENTE >> There were smiling faces all around Friday as about 300 girls received a free pair of designer shoes, backpacks filled with school supplies and more.

Covina-based shoe boutique Aldabella Scarpa held its fifth annual Shoe Giveback Event at Hurley Elementary School in La Puente to provide the select group of girls-in-need from Villacorta, Northam and Hurley elementary schools with support just as the new school year nears.

Co-owners and sisters Monica Gonzales and Ann Marie Smith attended schools in the area and have hosted the event to help empower young girls. The event featured special guest speakers hoping to inspire the girls including Amelia Macchiavello, senior reporter and producer from Despierta America; Adriana Michelle, Miss Los Angeles Latina 2013; Judy Echavez, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and host/actress; and Josefa Salinas, an author and morning news anchor from Hot 92.3 FM.

The girls also had the chance to receive free haircuts from Supercuts and took part in craft workshops offered by Home Depot.

Monica Gonzales, winner of the 2012 Verizon Wireless Entrepreneur of the Year, also spoke.

Villacorta, Hurley and Northam Elementary Schools are part of the Rowland Unified School District.  Click HERE to view photos!

Click Here to View Video of the Aldabella Scarpa Giveback Event on Tout by Keith Durflingfer


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