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 $17.8 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.
Set Bears Care as your favorite charity on AmazonSmile. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. To sign-up, go to smile.amazon.com and select “Bears Care” as your favorite charity and purchase the same products you normally would from the site. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support the Bears Care every time you shop and offers the same products, prices, and service.
Bears Care Gala
Thank you to all those who supported the 2018 Bears Care Gala! It is through your generosity that the Gala was, once again, a rousing success. The evening generated over $600,000 in net proceeds, which will be awarded to five local institutions specializing in breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment programs. Details on the cancer research and treatment programs receiving grant support will be shared here this fall as will the date for our 2019 event. For a look into the spirit of this year’s Gala, click here to catch all the action from the Orange Carpet on Inside the Bears.
The Bears Share ticket donation program has been in effect since 1993, benefiting numerous local charities. Tickets can now be donated online through STH Central. 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 arm, 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.
Real Bears Fans Wear Pink
Back for the tenth year, the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirt campaign continues to help raise funds to support programs serving Chicago area breast cancer patients and their families.
All proceeds from the "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" campaign benefit Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears. Advocate Health Care, the Official Health Care Provider of the Chicago Bears, will partner with Bears Care this year to help promote this important initiative. Over the last nine years, nearly $1 Million has been raised to help fight breast cancer.
We know many organizations look for opportunities to support breast cancer awareness in the month of October, and we are looking for community partners to join our efforts. If you, your school or organization are interested in teaming up with Bears Care to help fundraise by selling our "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" t-shirts, please contact Bears.Care@bears.nfl.net. The top fundraiser will receive a visit from a Chicago Bears player.
The 2017 Real Bears Fans Wear Pink shirts are now available for purchase www.chicagobears.com/pink.
Sit, Stay, Read!
Bears Care is proud to introduce one of its celebrated partners, an organization that makes reading fun for kids in a unique way - by reading to their friendly K9 pals! SitStayRead!, founded in 2003 by MaryEllen Schneider, her dog, Shandy, and friends, looks to advance children’s literacy skills using an engaging curriculum, certified dogs, and dedicated volunteers. On average, grade school students from low income households receive only 25 hours of one-on-one reading time, while their peers receive, on average, 1,000 hours. Numerous factors contribute to a lack of reading proficiency in Chicago Public School students, and that’s where SitStayRead comes in.
SitStayRead now holds programs in 17 Chicago public schools, serving nearly 2,000 elementary school students from low income areas. Based on studies from a partnership with the Loyola University Chicago Department of School Psychology, students who participate in the SitStayRead program improve their reading fluency 48.7% faster than their non-participating peers, on average. By interacting with and reading to the certified K9 reading specialists (a.k.a. the adorable dogs), students improve reading skills while also positively altering their mindsets about reading in general. For more information about SitStayRead, or to find out how to get involved with your dog, visit https://www.sitstayread.org/.
Back to School Fair
Plans are currently underway for the annual Back to School Fair at Chicago Bears Training Camp, scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2018. Bears Care will team up for the tenth year with Catholic Charities-Diocese of Joliet and Team Smile to host over 1,100 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, books, and new backpacks for the upcoming year and enjoy entertainment by DJ Kirby, a visit from Staley and many other fun activities. Bears Care is proud to have the support of Bears partners Bob’s Discount Furniture, Dr Pepper, PNC and Testa Produce in creating a special day for Kankakee-area families.
If you are a Kankakee or Iroquois County resident and would like to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to register for the Fair, please visit https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/back-to-school-fair-kankakee-county/ or email email@example.com.
Bears Care is proud to have the support of Bears partners Bob’s Discount Furniture, Dr Pepper, PNC, Testa Produce, Goodwill, Mercedes-Benz, Laureus Sport for Good, Dunkin' Donuts, and Meijer in creating a special day for Kankakee-area families.
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. Messages will run once at the end of half-time on the panels on both the east and west sides of Soldier Field.