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 $12.1 million to nearly 100 qualifying agencies.
If you would like to donate to Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears, please click here.
The 2015 Bears Care Gala, held in May, generated $690,000 in net proceeds which was awarded to five area Chicago institutions for support of breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment programs. Guests enjoyed an elegant evening of fine food and entertainment, while rubbing elbows with coaches and staff along with over 30 current and distinguished alumni Bears players who came out to support the cause. Details on initiatives funded with Gala proceeds will be available shortly at this site.
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.
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 2015 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink campaign kicked off on September 15. Since 2008 with our fans generous support of this initiative, Bears Care has been able to donate over $850,000 to Chicago-area programs that provide care, assistance and support to breast cancer patients and their families.
This year's shirt features a new design and new color and is available in sizes XS-3XL. Shirts are $25 each and can be purchased online at www.events.org/pink. Program expenses are limited to shirt cost, taxes and shipping, so fans can show their team price while still making a significant contribution to the cause that impacts us all.
Join Bears fans on Sunday, October 4, when the Bears take on the Oakland Raiders and officially recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thank you for your support.
Bears Care would like to thank all those who helped make the 2014 Back to School Fair held on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University a great success. Nearly 1,200 children took advantage of this opportunity to access services and supplies needed to get ready for the 2014-15 school year. Critical health services were provided by Team Smile, Riverside Medical and Ear Q, and supporting organizations included Meijer's, Bernie's Book Bank and Paul Mitchell the School, Bradley, which offered haircuts to the kids. Before departing, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a family dinner, along with visits from Staley Da Bear and Bears players.
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.
Mark your calendars! The 2016 Bears Care Gala presented by PNC will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in the United Club at Soldier Field. Check back in the new year for information on ticket and table sales.