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It's a Wrap! Superhero Week & A Bear Affair

It's a Wrap! Superhero Week & A Bear Affair

It has been a very busy few months for the Fundraising Department with Superhero Week in July which was quickly followed by our annual Gala Ball "A Bear Affair". Superhero Week 2017 was one of our best yet with over $250,000 being raised.

This event has grown year on year and we are constantly amazed with the great efforts made across the country in so many schools and workplaces.

This year we held our first ever Corporate Superhero Party at the Hotel Steyne in Manly which raised over $26,000! The initiative came about thanks to the generous support of Denis Muddle and the team at the Hotel Steyne, who provided the venue, food and drink at no cost.

We were delighted to have Fast Ed on hand as our MC and "arm wrestling judge" - thank you Ed for being such a true friend to Bear Cottage. A huge thanks to everyone who dressed as their favourite Superheroes and a special mention to former Mayor of Manly, Jean Hay who won a prize for the best costume - she channelled her inner Lady Gaga!

We would like to say a very special thanks to the schools that participated in Superhero Week as a tribute to their fellow students past and present for whom we have cared at Bear Cottage. Thank you for being part of the invisible string that continues to connect us through Bear Cottage.

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who supported Superhero events and made it such a success. Here's to Superhero Week 2018!

A Bear Affair is the major fundraiser for Bear Cottage and this year was the biggest and most successful on record. We had 485 guests in attendance including Bear Cottage families and many generous donors. It meant a great deal to us to also have members of our Bear Cottage Family Advisory Group with us on the night.

We were thrilled that Jenny Brockie from SBS Insight was available to MC the event for us this year. Jenny is a strong advocate for paediatric palliative care and we thank her for the kindness and empathy when interviewing our Bear Cottage parents Karla and Leo on stage at the event. We are grateful to them for sharing their stories which highlighted the ongoing need for paediatric palliative care.

We are overwhelmed with the success of A Bear Affair 2017, raising almost $600,000. There was plenty of laughter in the room when ventriloquist Darren Carr appeared on stage. Huge thanks to Paul from Device Technologies who was a very gracious participant in Darren's show, not many of us would have been so brave to go on stage with a ventriloquist!

A Bear Affair takes months of planning and sourcing prizes. A huge thank you to the team of Bear Cottage volunteers who worked tirelessly in the lead up to the event.

Our thanks to everyone who attended the event and to all those generous donors who donated auction prizes . . . we cannot do what we do without you.

Friday, 20 October 2017