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Thank you!

Thank you for a record-setting 25th Anniversary!

In December of 1999, the Office of Alumni Relations at Fairfield University kicked-off what would come to be known as the annual “Teddy Bears with Love” Drive. Today, our Student Alumni Association continues to proudly spearhead this effort!

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of alumni, families, students, employees, and friends of Fairfield University, have been donated nearly 27,000 teddy bears (and stuffed animals) to dozens of children’s hospitals and charities not only in Connecticut, but across the country.

This year, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of this award-winning program. And, we are thrilled to announce that we commemorated the milestone with our most successful collection to date. A whopping 1,912 teddy bears and stuffed animals were donated to charities in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio, California, and Washington DC.

Thank you to everyone who continue to make our tradition of sharing "bear hugs" with children at the holidays possible! We couldn't do it without you! The 2024 collection will kick off in November. If you're interested in learning how to get involved in your area/place of business, please reach out via the contact information below.

Go Stags!

Click below to learn more about our collection partners and our 2023 charities. 

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Hartford, CT)
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital (New Haven, CT)
Bridgeport Hospital Child Life Program(Bridgeport, CT)
St. Vincent’s Hospital (Bridgeport, CT)
The Merton Center (Bridgeport, CT)
St. Nick’s Alliance (NYC)
Overlook Medical Center (Summit, NJ)
Lurie Children’s Hospital (Chicago)
UCSF Benoiff Children’s Hospital (San Francisco)
Martha’s Table (DC)
Westside Catholic Center (Cleveland)

A special thank you to these alumni, parents, and friends who coordinated additional "satellite" collections at their homes or places of business and/or partnered with Alumni Relations and the Student Alumni Association on collection efforts/events! We couldn't do this without you!  

Fairfield University Athletics
Fairfield University Men's Club Lacrosse 
Fairfield University Office of Annual Giving
Mary Alice Limperopulos '13 & the Town of Fairfield, CT
Robert Taglich P'25 & Cold Spring Harbor Booster Club (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
Holly Hill Day Care (Orange, CT)
Katie & Paul Moriarity P'27 & Brian Cook '88 
Shari Williams '93, P'25 & SLR Equipment Finance
Lynn Raimondo '03 & Watchung Hills Regional High School (Warren, NJ)
Beth (Shalvey) Runk '00 & PlusMedia, LLC
Jeremy Nappi '00 & St. Catherine of Siena School (Trumbull, CT) 
Gianna Greco '26
Mary Ellen DeAngelis '85 & Integrity Marketing Group

If you are interested in coordinating a satellite collection in 2024, please email cmcginn@fairfield.edu


If you have any questions regarding Teddy Bears with Love, please contact:

Student Alumni Association

Student Alumni Association


Teddy Bears with Love

Colleen McGinn

Student Alumni Association Advisor and Director of Alumni Engagement
(203) 254-4280

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