Ursula Morgenstern, winner of a 2007 Elfen Works Award, recognizes the importance of education, and decided to take an active part in giving kids a good start for the school year, so in 2006 she co-founded Backpackpalooza, a summertime outreach to families in need in our surrounding community. The live music, games, raffle, face painting, joy, and celebration all center around a backpack and school-supply giveaway for local school-age children living below the poverty line.

Born in Luzerne, Switzerland, Ursula was raised in Millbrae, CA, attending Mills High School and the Bryman School. A married mother of grown children with a background in medical assisting and radiology, she is also an accomplished floral designer. She has worked for over 14 years as Office Manager at Burlingame United Methodist Church, where her career has evolved into a ministry.

We congratulate Mrs. Morgenstern for her creative and compassionate efforts on behalf of impoverished children, and all the volunteers and leadership at the Burlingame United Methodist Church for DOING SOMETHING about poverty in our community. Here’s the Shutterfly Album from 2016: https://bumcphotogallary.shutterfly.com/pictures/1137


About Backpackpalooza – Backpackpalooza is an annual giveaway that has been ongoing since 2006. The project is hosted by Burlingame United Methodist Church in partnership with CALL Primrose Center, the King Center, Lions Club, and San Mateo Medical Center and The Elfenworks Foundation. The entire community is invited. Last year alone, over 1,000 backpacks were given away in a festive party atmosphere on a Saturday in August, with free food, face painting, and the music of their fabulous band Healing Stream is played during the event – you can also catch the band Friday evenings and Sundays at BUMC. 

About Burlingame United Methodist Church –  Burlingame United Methodist Church exists so that all are “INVITED into our faith community, INSPIRED by the life-changing love of God, and EMPOWERED to be followers of Jesus.” Find out more at  www.burlumc.org.