Teddy Bears with Love

This year we celebrated 14 years of bringing "bear hugs" to children across the country!

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ar_teddyIn 1999, the Office of Alumni Relations at Fairfield University kicked-off what would come to be known as the "Teddy Bears with Love" drive. Alumni across the country were asked to donate new, unused teddy bears to be donated to a local children's charity at the holidays.

Today, the Student Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations, continues to proudly spearhead this effort. Now entering it's 14th year, thanks to the generosity of thousands of alumni, families, students, employees, and friends of Fairfield University, over 15,000 bears have been donated to dozens of charities not only in Connecticut, but across the country in cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Manhattan, Newark, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

As we look ahead to 2014, our goal for our 15th Annual Drive we need your help to make sure we once again are able to bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children across the country over the holidays...

Please consider donating a new, unused teddy bear to our drive. You can donate to a local collection point in your area (listed below) or send one to the Office of Alumni Relations. Deadlines will vary by city. You may drop off your bear to the Office of Alumni Relations.

Below were the 2013 Teddy Bears with Love Collection Points and area contacts:

More collection points will be added as they are received from each chapter. Special thanks to our area Service & Spirituality Chairs and Leadership Teams for coordinating these events!


Boston

Collection/Chapter Contact: Katherine McGuirk '09

Charity: Children's Hospital Boston

Monday, December 9
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dillon's
955 Boylston Street
Boston, Mass.

If you cannot join us at the event and wish to donate a bear to the Boston Chapter Collection, please contact Katie directly via the e-mail link above.


Chicago

Collection/Chapter Contact: Caroline Kelly '07

Charity: The Corner Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago

Annual Teddy Bears with Love Collection & Bears Gamewatch
Sunday, December 15
Time: Kick-off is at 12 noon (CST)
TWO LOCATIONS!

Market Restaurant and Sports Bar
1113 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

or

Grandpa's Place
1868 Prairie Street
Glenview, IL


Come cheer on the Bears as they take on the Browns at 12 noon (CST). Bring a bear to donate to our regional Teddy Bears with Love Collection!

If you cannot join us at the event and wish to donate a bear to the Chicago Chapter Collection, please contact Caroline directly via the e-mail link above.


Fairfield County & Connecticut

Collection/Chapter Contact: Kimberly Czarnecki '06

Charities: Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospital, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital, ABCD Bridgeport, and more!

Annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa!
Sunday, December 8
11 a.m.

Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Fairfield University
Reception will follow Mass at Alumni House

Fairfield Stags vs. Iona
Sunday, December 8
1:30 p.m.

Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
Bridgeport, Conn.
Bring a bear and get in FREE! (Bears exchanged for tickets at the door. One bear = one ticket.)

Fairfield County Chapter Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, December 10
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Butterfield 8
112 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT


Hartford & Connecticut

Collection/Chapter Contact: Amanda Teti '07 or Jeremy Race '01

Charities: St. Francis Hospital

Annual Alumni Advent Mass & Reception with Santa!
Sunday, December 8
11 a.m. - Mass

Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola
Fairfield University
Reception will follow Mass at Alumni House

Fairfield Stags vs. Iona
Sunday, December 8

1:30 p.m.
Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
Bridgeport, Conn.
Bring a bear and get in FREE! (Bears exchanged for tickets at the door. One bear = one ticket.)

Hartford Chapter Holiday Gathering
Thursday, December 12
5:30 p.m. - 7 :30 p.m.

Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street
Hartford, CT

Bears may also be dropped off at Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, 70 Farmington Ave., Harford, CT. ATTN: Jeremy Race.


Manhattan

Collection/Chapter Contact: Lisa LaGratta '95, MBA'04

Charities: Hour Children

Thanks to all who attended and donated a bear at our Holiday Gathering on December 4th! If you were unable to make the event, but still wish to donate, please contact Chapter President Lisa LaGratta '95, MBA'04 and/or mail your bear directly to Fairfield University.


New Jersey

Collection/Chapter Contact: Derek Gardella '00 & Laura Gardella '05

Charity: TBD

New Jersey Chapter Holiday Gathering
Tuesday, December 10
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Office
61 Union Place
Summit, NJ


Washington, D.C.

Collection/Chapter Contact: Kristen Conley '06

Charity: Georgetown University Hospital and NIH

Thanks to all who attended and donated a bear at our Holiday Gathering on December 4th! If you were unable to make the event, but still wish to donate, please contact Chapter Service & Spirituality Chair Kristen Conly '06 and/or mail your bear directly to Fairfield University.


Additional Donation Opportunities

At this time, if there is not a scheduled collection event in your local area or you cannot attend your area's event, you can still participate in our Collection by sending your donation(s) directly to Fairfield.

Bears can be mailed to the Student Alumni Association at:
Office of Alumni Relations
Alumni House
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
ATTN: Teddy Bears with Love Collection

If donating to Fairfield directly, please mail all bears by Friday, December 13.

All bears donated via mail will be included in the Connecticut area charity/hospital drops. Please see Fairfield and Hartford area listings for charity names.



If you are interested in serving as a contact for your area, or would like to collect bears with your school, organization,
and/or office, please e-mail us for more information and/or to be included in this listing.

If you have any questions regarding Teddy Bears with Love, please contact
Student Alumni Association
FairfieldSAA@gmail.com
or
Colleen McGinn
SAA Adviser and Director of Young Alumni & Student Engagement
(203) 254-4280

Happy Holidays!