The 23rd annual Bears Care Gala will be held on Saturday, May 19, at the United Club at Soldier Field. A limited number of tickets to the Gala are still available at ChicagoBears.com/BearsCareGala.
Through the annual Gala, Bears Care has been able to award over $14.5 million in grants to Chicago-area research efforts focused on finding a cure for breast and ovarian cancer and improving treatment options for those currently battling these diseases.
New this year, the Orange Carpet will be hosted by Chicago natives and NFL Network "Good Morning Football" hosts Kay Adams and Kyle Brandt. Jeff Joniak will serve as emcee and auctioneer of the Gala and will be joined by his radio and TV partners, Tom Thayer and Anthony "Spice" Adams. Bears executives, coaching staff, alumni and current players are scheduled to attend, including Head Coach Matt Nagy, Trey Burton, Tarik Cohen, Matt Forte, Kyle Fuller, Taylor Gabriel, Eddie Jackson, Charles Leno Jr., Kyle Long, Pat O'Donnell, Allen Robinson II, Mitchell Trubisky and Cody Whitehair. For a full list of players expected to attend, please visit ChicagoBears.com/BearsCareGala.
Fans who are unable to attend the event will still be able to support the cause by bidding online starting Wednesday, May 16, through 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Auction items include a cruise on the Chicago River for eight with Trey Burton, executive suites for the Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift concerts at Soldier Field and a week in a luxury apartment in Paris. For information on over 80 additional auction items and how to bid online, please visit ChicagoBears.com/BearsCareGala.
Bears Care will also auction off seven first-edition prints of the "Monsters of the Midway" comic heroes via the Bears Care Auction feature within the free Chicago Bears Official App brought to you by Verizon starting on Wednesday, May 16. Each 22"x26" framed print is signed by the player and artist. Player heroes include Tarik Cohen, Leonard Floyd, Akiem Hicks, Jordan Howard, Eddie Jackson and Mitchell Trubisky. The seventh print features the "Monsters of the Midway" bear, which is signed by Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher. A second Bears Care auction item that will be available through the app includes a trip for two to New York featuring tickets to the Dec. 2 game at the New York Giants and a tour of NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" set and NFL Experience Times Square; NFL Experience is a first-of-its-kind live action attraction, combining interactive games, content and a state-of-the-art 4D theater that brings fans closer than ever to the game and their favorite teams. Fans with the Chicago Bears Official App can access the auction feature by tapping on "More" followed by Bears Care Auction.
About Bears Care
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 $17.5 million to over 100 qualifying agencies.