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 2014 Bears Care Gala, held in June, generated over $650,000 for support of breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment programs in Chicago. Guests enjoyed an elegant evening of fine food and entertainment, while rubbing elbows with Head Coach Marc Trestman and his 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. If you are interested in receiving information on the 2015 Bears Care Gala, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bears Bowl, benefiting Bears Care, will be held on Tuesday, November 18 at Brunswick's in Buffalo Grove. Don't miss this opportunity for fun on the lanes, great food, games and laser tag with the Bears!
Tickets go on sale on October 1, 2015 at www.events.org/bearsbowl.
More than 600 runners and walkers helped make the 12th annual Midtown Athletic Club 5K Run & Walk for Bears Care a huge success on September 27. The 3.1 mile course started and finished at Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine, while winding through the tranquil and scenic Deer Grove East Forest Preserve. Serving as the Club's largest fundraiser each year, the 2014 Midtown 5K helped raise $32,000 for Bears Care, adding to the more than $250,000 that's been raised for the Bears charitable arm since 2002. Chicago Bears alumni players Richard Dent, Jim Morrissey, Garrett Wolfe and Jim Schwantz were on hand throughout the morning of the event, along with WTMX radio personality Kathy Hart and CBS2 reporter Susanna Song.
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Midtown Athletic Club's Palatine team members proudly display a check for $32,000 that was presented to Bears Care on November 20 at Halas Hall. (Photo by Dave Silbar/SilbarPR).
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.