Teddy Bears with Love 2013 - Thank you!!
Thanks to the continued generosity of hundreds of alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students of Fairfield University, the Student Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations are thrilled to announce that the 13th Annual Teddy Bears with Love drive collected over 1,400 teddy bears!
To date, over 15,000 teddy bears and stuffed animals have been donated and distributed to children in hospitals and through charities across Connecticut and the United States. We'd like to extend a huge thank you to all who have and continue to participate in this great event!
This year, children at the following organizations benefited from your donations:
Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Hartford, CT)
Action Bridgeport Community Development (Bridgeport, CT)
Yale New Haven Children's Hospital (New Haven, CT)
St. Vincent's Hospital (Bridgeport, CT)
Bridgeport Hospital (Bridgeport, CT)
St. Francis Hospital (Hartford, CT)
Children's Hospital Boston (Boston, MA)
Children's Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL)
Hour Children ( New York, NY)
Operation Sleighbells (Long Branch, NJ)
Georgetown Medical Center (Washington, DC)
"Heal Newtown" Initiative, Sandy Hook Elementary School (Newtown, CT)
A very special thank you to:
Fairfield University's students, staff, faculty, and administration, especially:
Kimberly Nickolenko & the Dean of Student's Office
Fairfield University Public Safety Office
Roy Brown & Fairfield University Athletics
The Office of Conference & Event Management
Colleen Curtain and Fairfield University's Early Learning Center
Fairfield University New Student Programs/First Year Experience Program
All of our Alumni chairs who hosted regional drives and distributions in their Regional Chapter Areas:
Boston - Katherine McGuirk '09
Chicago - Caroline Kelly '07 & Michael Carroll '01
Hartford - Amanda Teti '07
Manhattan - Patrick Farrell '97 and Bridget Takacs '07
New Jersey - Derek '00 and Laura Gardella '05
Washington, DC - Kristen Conley '06
Alumni and Friends of Fairfield who organized collection events at their homes, business, schools, and more!:
Michelle Caston & Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Fairfield, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Westport, & Wilton, CT
Belden Jewelers of Milford, CT
Debbie Fedorko and Holly Hill Day Care of Orange, CT
Lisa Testani '85 and Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, CT
Christina Prete '93, MA'99 and Girl Scout Group 39305 of Milford, CT
Lynn Raimondo '03 and Watching Hills Regional High School of Warren, NJ
Rich & Peg of Drug Mart Millwood of Millwood, NY
Additional 2012 Contributors included hundreds of Fairfield University students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Thank you to everyone who participated! Thanks to your generosity, more children will receive a big "bear hug" over the holidays.
The Student Alumni Association wishes all of our donors a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy healthy, New Year!