Bears Care


  • Overview
  • Donate
  • Events
  • Initiatives
  • Partner Spotlight
  • Save the Date

  • The Chicago Bears have a longstanding tradition of supporting numerous charities and assisting those in need. Bears Care was incorporated in 2005 as a 501 © 3 organization committed to improving the quality of life for people in the Chicagoland community, especially disadvantaged children and their families, through targeted programs supporting education, youth athletics and medical research and health awareness programs focusing on breast and ovarian cancer. Since that time, Bears Care has issued grants totaling over $15.7 million to over 100 qualifying agencies.



    Real Bears Fans Wear Pink

    Back for the tenth year, the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirt campaign continues to help raise funds to support programs serving Chicago area breast cancer patients and their families.

    All proceeds from the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign benefit Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears. Advocate Health Care, the Official Health Care Provider of the Chicago Bears, will partner with Bears Care this year to help promote this important initiative. Over the last nine years, nearly $1 Million has been raised to help fight breast cancer.

    We know many organizations look for opportunities to support breast cancer awareness in the month of October, and we are looking for community partners to join our efforts. If you, your school or organization are interested in teaming up with Bears Care to help fundraise by selling our "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirts, please contact Bears.Care@bears.nfl.net. The top fundraiser will receive a visit from a Chicago Bears player.

    The 2017 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts are now available for purchase www.chicagobears.com/pink.


  • Donate

    If you would like to donate to Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears, please click here.


  • Bears Care Gala

    The upcoming Bears Care Gala, to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the United Club at Soldier Field, is a premier fundraising event to support Chicago area organizations that specialize in breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment programs. In 2017, the event generated nearly $600,000 in net proceeds, which Bears Care awarded to five local institutions dedicated to the cause. The Gala is an evening of fine food and entertainment where guests can rub elbows with Chicago Bears coaches, staff, players, and distinguished alumni. Click here for details on where Gala proceeds are at work, or check out our “Inside the Bears” feature.



    Gameday Grrreetings

    Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears, would like to offer fans the unique opportunity to send special greetings to a friend or loved one on the LED ribbon panels at Bears home games this season. Click here to find out more information about Gameday Grrreetings.



  • Bears Share

    The Bears Share ticket donation program has been in effect since 1993, benefiting numerous local charities. Tickets can now be donated online through STH Central. Simply log in to your personal account and select "Manage My Tickets." Select the ticket(s) you wish to donate and select "Donate To Charity." The tickets will automatically be forwarded to Bears Care, the team's charitable arm, at BearsCare.Share@bears.nfl.net for distribution to area not-for-profit organizations. The original ticket(s) become invalid. Donations must occur four (4) business days prior to the game to allow for distribution. Donors will receive an email acknowledgement which should be retained for tax purposes.

    Tickets can also be mailed to the following address:

    Bears Care
    1920 Football Drive
    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    Tickets must arrive via mail to the Bears Care office at least four days prior to the game. Please include your name, mailing address and email address with the tickets.



    Real Bears Fans Wear Pink

    Back for the tenth year, the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirt campaign continues to help raise funds to support programs serving Chicago area breast cancer patients and their families.

    All proceeds from the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign benefit Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears. Advocate Health Care, the Official Health Care Provider of the Chicago Bears, will partner with Bears Care this year to help promote this important initiative. Over the last nine years, nearly $1 Million has been raised to help fight breast cancer.

    We know many organizations look for opportunities to support breast cancer awareness in the month of October, and we are looking for community partners to join our efforts. If you, your school or organization are interested in teaming up with Bears Care to help fundraise by selling our "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirts, please contact Bears.Care@bears.nfl.net. The top fundraiser will receive a visit from a Chicago Bears player.

    The 2017 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts are now available for purchase www.chicagobears.com/pink.

    Back to School Fair

    Bears Care would like to thank all those who helped make the 2017 Back to School Fair held on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University a great success. Approximately 2,500 guests attended and nearly 1,100 children took advantage of this opportunity to access services and supplies needed to get ready for the 2016-17 school year. Critical health services were provided by Team Smile, Riverside Medical, Ear Q and Bolingbrook Lions Club. Supporting partners included PNC, Bernie's Book Bank, Bob's Discount Furniture, Testa Produce, Dunkin Donuts, Beggars Pizza, and Dr. Pepper, along with 28 local supporting organizations. Before departing, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a meal, along with a visit from Staley the Bear.


  • Partner Spotlight

    The Road Home Program, run by Rush University Medical Center, provides evidence-based assessment and treatment, as well as additional resources and services to veterans and their families across Illinois. Founded in 2014, The Road Home Program’s Center for Veterans and their Families empowers and supports veterans, regardless of income, insurance, or discharge status. Additionally, RHP Child and Family Services emphasizes the effect military life has on entire family systems across every domain of function, and seeks to provide accessible, personalized care to spouses, children, partners, and other loved ones of veterans, even if the veteran is not yet personally ready for care.

    Most recently, The Road Home Program began Project FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress), an intervention program designed to build family resiliency. RHP also offers counseling retreats for military couples, improving collaboration ability, problem solving skills, goal-setting techniques, and emotion management. Other programs also provide tailored support to PTSD and traumatic brain injury victims and their families, as well as survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). Bears Care is proud to support and sponsor, in part, programs like these at The Road Home Program.

    Moving forward, The Road Home Program looks to expand its services to more veterans and their families, opening a new satellite facility in downstate, Illinois, in what was once a “service desert.” The programs believe firmly that family engagement is a major factor in establishing positive coping mechanisms after deployment, as well as improving clinical and wellness outcomes. RHP looks to eliminate existing barriers to care, like stigma or geographical location, so that more veterans and their families will receive the support and care they deserve.


  • Save the Date

    Mark your calendars! The 2018 Bears Care Gala will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the United Club at Soldier Field. Click here to learn more about this year's event