La Puente: 6th Annual Aldabella Scarpa Shoe Giveback

BY GINA K. WARD

(Photo Courtesy: Aldabella Scarpa)

(Photo Courtesy: Aldabella Scarpa)

La Puente – Right before school officially began this year, 300 elementary school girls walked down a red carpet to receive sweet surprises: designer shoes, backpacks filled with school supplies, free haircuts, cup cakes, and much more at the 6th Annual Aldabella Scarpa Shoe Giveback Event. The invitation-only event was held on Fri., Aug. 15 at Villacorta Elementary in La Puente.

An outpouring of community support allows Aldabella Scarpa, owned by alumna Monica Gonzales, to give back to La Puente schools in the Rowland Unified School District. Community members donated school supplies for the backpacks courtesy of California Credit Union, and in addition to the designer shoes, students received free haircuts from Supercuts West Covina, tacos from Taco Nazo, took part in craft activities thanks to Home Depot in City of Industry, enjoyed cupcakes from The Cake Mamas, entertainment by Hot 92.3 FM, dental kits from Tri-City Smiles in Hacienda Heights, and were able to visit additional sponsor-booths from SpeedZone, East Valley Health Center at Villacorta School, and Friends of the Heart for school supplies. Additional event sponsors were Walmart City of Industry, Global Processing System, OMG Hair Accessories, Krispy Kreme (off Azusa Blvd. in City of Industry), Starbucks and Stater Brothers (off Amar Rd. in West Covina).

“We want these young girls to have an amazing, positive experience and not allow circumstances in their lives to create limits. Our community supports them and we want them to dream big,” said Gonzales.

Students were pre-selected by school staff from Hurley, Northam and Villacorta Elementary Schools, part of RUSD. For more information visit www.RowlandSchools.org, download the free RUSD mobile app for iOS and Android devices, or follow on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/RowlandUSD.

Aldabella Scarpa™ is an entrepreneurial endeavor by Monica Gonzales in an effort to design the most fashionable and classic footwear and accessories with a purpose. Aldabella Scarpa donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes purchased. Call (626) 967-0066, visit www.aldabellascarpa.com, or follow them on Facebook.