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 $13.8 million to over 100 qualifying agencies.
If you would like to donate to Bears Care, the charitable arm 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. Click here for details on initiatives funded with 2015 Gala proceeds.
Click here to learn more about the 2016 Bears Care Gala.
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.
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.
Bears Care would like to thank NorthShore University HealthSystem, Jewel-Osco and Bears fans who so generously supported the 2015 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink campaign. Net proceeds will be invested in programs serving and supporting Chicago area breast cancer patients and their families. Grant recipients will be announced later in the year.
Please check back in late summer to hear plans for the 2016 campaign. Thank you again, Bears fans!
Bears Care would like to thank all those who helped make the 2015 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 2015-16 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.
Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life. Founded in 1924, Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs and capacity-building initiatives, directly serving approximately 8,000 youth in 80 schools this year. Youth Guidance focuses services on Chicago's most disadvantaged areas—primarily the south and west sides of the city—where the challenges of community violence, unemployment and academic failure for youth are paramount.
Youth Guidance and researchers from the University of Chicago Crime Lab recently released new findings from a randomized controlled trial evaluating the impact of Youth Guidance's Becoming a Man (BAM) program during the 2013-15 academic years. The researchers found that BAM reduced violent crime arrests by 50 percent, reduced total arrests by 35 percent, and improved school engagement for male Chicago Public Schools students. BAM is a school-based group counseling program that helps young men learn and utilize social cognitive skills, such as slowing down their thinking, considering the perspective of others and identifying and evaluating consequences before acting.
In addition to receiving funding from Bears Care, the team's Bears School Outreach program actively supports Youth Guidance's B.A.M. initiative. During the 2015 season, over 20 players visited 25 participating high schools, sharing their experiences and inspiration with the B.A.M. students. The Bears organization is proud to partner with Youth Guidance as they continue to make a positive and meaningful impact on at-risk students in our community.
For additional information visit www.youth-guidance.org.
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. Click here to learn more about this year's event