Teddy Bears with Love 2013 - Thank you!!

pr_teddy_bears10aThanks 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 1,100 teddy bears!

To date, nearly 16,500 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 across the country 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)
The Corner Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Hour Children ( New York, NY)
Georgetown Hospital and NIH (Washington, DC)
Beth Israel Newark Medical Center (Newark, NJ)
"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
Department of Athletics & Jay Eylward at Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment/Webster Bank Arena
The Office of Conference & Event Management
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
Fairfield County - Kimberly Czarnecki '06
Hartford - Amanda Teti '07 & Jeremy Race '01
Manhattan - Lisa LaGratta '95, MBA'04
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
Nancy (Baber) Kelley '85 and All Saints Catholic Academy of Bayonne, NJ
Lynn Raimondo '03 and Watching Hills Regional High School of Warren, NJ

Additional 2013 Contributors included hundreds of Fairfield University students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Thank you to everyone who participated! Thanks to your generosity, more and more children will continue to receive a big "bear hug" over the holidays.