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.
Plans are underway for the 18th annual Bears Care Gala to be held on Saturday, May 18 in the United Club at Soldier Field. Aside from game days in the fall, the Gala is the one event each year which brings together Chicago Bears players, coaches, ownership, front office staff, donors and fans in support of a common goal. We hope you will join the Bears and Bears Care as we raise funds to support innovative breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment programs in Chicago. Over $10 million has been invested to date, and we will continue to work towards providing resources needed to find a cure.
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.
To view the 2012 Bears Care Gala video which features stories of three cancer survivors and their daughters and how Bears Care has impacted their lives, click here.
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.
Thank you for joining Bears Care and the Chicago Bears in promoting breast cancer awareness by purchasing your "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" shirt. The Bears and the NFL will officially recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this coming October, so keep checking back for details. Click here to see who wore the 2012 "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" shirt.
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 success of the campaign over the last five years, Bears Care was able to distribute over $500,000 to organizations in the Chicagoland area that provide care, assistance and support services to breast cancer patients and their families. Thank you for teaming up with Bears fans across the country to make a difference.
Bears Care supported by Catholic Charities – Diocese of Joliet, Team Smile and Dr Pepper Snapple Group recently hosted over 1,000 deserving children from Kankakee County at the 2012 Back to School Fair at Olivet Nazarene University.
Children in attendance received dental exams, eye exams, haircuts, and were treated to great music entertainment by DJ Kirby. Local community groups were also in attendance passing out helpful information to families.
Bears Care would like to thank the fans who helped provide school supplies for our guests and also Midwest Dairy and PediaVision who provided greatly appreciated products and services.
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.
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.