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 $9 million to nearly 80 qualifying agencies.
If you would like to donate to Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears, please click here.
Join Chicago Bears players and Bears Care in supporting Chicago Public School students and teachers impacted by recent school closings. Assisted by Encompass Championship Charities and in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, Bears Care is raising funds for classroom enrichment projects at select Chicago elementary schools that are welcoming new students.
Teachers at the select schools have submitted formal requests for funding for classroom projects that will expand learning opportunities for their students. With recent individual school budget cuts which directly impact classroom spending, students and teachers are in need of a helping hand this school season. All donations, no matter the dollar amount, are welcomed and every dollar donated via the link below will be matched by Bears Care up to $30,000.
Our players have signed on to help and have each picked their favorite school to support. Follow their fundraising efforts on Twitter and see which Chicago Bear makes the greatest impact for their school. Click here to donate and double your impact today!
Over 700 guests gathered on May 18 in the United Club at Soldier Field, in support of Bears Care and its continued commitment to fund breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment programs in Chicago. Attendees enjoyed a fun-filled evening which included cocktails, dinner and dancing to the music of Entourage, along with live and silent auctions that featured unique Bears experiences and memorabilia. Head Coach Marc Trestman and members of his staff participated in the Gala, which was one of their first opportunities to meet with Bears fans and many Bears players including Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett came out to show their support.
Guests at the Gala enjoy a fun-filled evening which includes cocktails, dinner and dancing along with live and silent auctions that feature unique Bears experiences and memorabilia. Visit www.events.org/bearscaregala for information on sponsorship opportunities, ticket and table pricing or to make reservations.
For details on where Bears Care funds raised at the 2012 Gala are currently at work, click here.
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Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary 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.
After record-breaking participation and fundraising in 2012, the Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine has its sights set on another successful event this fall. The race is set for Saturday, September 28, and whether you run or walk the course through the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve, you will enjoy a morning full of fun, refreshments and entertainment and help raise funds for Bears Care.
For information on event sponsorship and race registration visit www.signmeup.com/89240 or contact Robyn Kove, Director of Marketing and Member Connections at (847) 991-4646, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bear Appétit guests are treated to a night of food, wine, cocktails and football. Participants enjoy gourmet delights from Lettuce Entertain You restaurants along with a sampling of specialty cocktails and fine wines provided by Pernod Ricard. Current and alumni Chicago Bears players serve alongside the chefs, adding their own unique "football flavor." The event features live and silent auctions that include suite tickets, autographed memorabilia and more!
The Bears Share ticket donation program has been in effect since 1993, benefitting numerous local charities. Tickets can now be donated online through MY BEARS SEASON TICKET ACCOUNT. 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 beneficiary, 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:
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.
The Chicago Bears and Bears Care will officially recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Sunday, October 6, 2013 when the Bears take on the New Orleans Saints. The popular "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign which raises funds to support programs serving Chicago area breast cancer patients and their families is back for its sixth year this fall. Visit www.events.org/pink to purchase your shirt today.
All proceeds from the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign benefit Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears. NorthShore University HealthSystem, the Official Healthcare Partner of the Chicago Bears, will partner with Bears Care again this year to help promote this important initiative. With the tremendous support of our fans in 2012, Bears Care recently awarded $120,000 to nine area organizations serving the diverse needs of breast cancer patients throughout Chicagoland and northwest Indiana. Thank you for teaming up with Bears fans across the country to make a difference.
Plans are currently underway for the annual Back to School Fair at Chicago Bears Training Camp, scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 2013. Bears Care will once again team up with Catholic Charities-Diocese of Joliet and Team Smile to host over 1,000 deserving children along with their parents at the event, and will provide an array of health, dental and social services to those in attendance. Children will receive their school supplies for the upcoming year and enjoy entertainment by DJ Kirby, visits from Bears players, along with other fun activities. Bears Care is proud to welcome Encompass Insurance as a partner in this year’s event. Encompass is providing financial and volunteer support to help us expand our reach and programming for our guests in 2013.
Bears Care, with generous support from Encompass Insurance, will be teaming up with DonorsChoose.org this August to raise funds to support Chicago Public School students and their classroom teachers at six locations impacted by the recent school closings.
Bears Care is proud to partner with USA Football in bringing two Heads Up Football Protection Tour events to the Chicago area this summer. The Tour promotes proper equipment fitting, tackling fundamentals and concussion awareness and management to further advance youth football player safety. Players, coaches and parents from Illinois area youth football leagues are invited to attend free of charge. Players will participate in a USA Football Heads Up Tackling Clinic while parents will learn about concussion management and awareness.
Chicago Bears Training Camp, Saturday, July 27, 1-3:30 pm
Olivet Nazarene University (1 University Ave, Bourbonnais, IL 60914)
Soldier Field, Thursday, August 1, 7-9:30 pm
1410 S Museum Campus Dr Chicago, IL 60605
(Note: Each clinic is open to the first 250 registrants.)
To register, go to www.usafootball.com/protection-tour.
Bears Care provides grant support to a large number of organizations in the Chicago area each year through a grant award program and the Chicago Bears Staff Matching Grant Program. We will periodically feature agencies that Bears Care has been fortunate to partner with and which continue to provide greatly needed support and services in our community.