Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
With fingers crossed and the governor’s projection of a June 15 reopening date for California, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) is planning its first in-person event in over a year — the Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, June 26.
Like other local nonprofits in 2020, TBCF canceled fundraisers, held a virtual event and flipped every turn while providing the most support in its 19-year history.
The Teddy Bear Picnic lunch will be held on the top lawn of the reopened Montecito Club. Tickets are $200 for two guests. Each couple is provided with an umbrella and picnic blanket on which to enjoy a meal of paninis, salads, wine, snacks and dessert.
Activities include croquet, bocce, corn hole, horseshoes, balloon performers and music. Also available through Montecito Club are a sledding hill, pickleball, basketball and volleyball.
Tickets are available at TeddyBearCancerFoundation.org/Events. A limited number of tickets will be sold to ensure safe social distancing.
The Teddy Bear Picnic co-chairs Maria Wilson and Sofie Langhorne, who serve on TBCF’s board of directors and are event sponsors. Ginni Dreier will serve as Honorary President. The event committee includes Matt Fish, Jamie Hansen, Sheela Hunt, Maria Long, Debbie Neer and Tara Zanecki.
Other event sponsors include Mad Fitness and Drs. Jon and Karen Tammela.
“We are thrilled to be able to host another safe in-person event,” Wilson said. “We really missed this. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation supporters have been amazing this past year and we can’t wait to personally thank them.”
In 2020, TBCF cut its operating budget in response to the pandemic; however, the need for services increased significantly.
“Our supporters and donors really came through for our families last year with gift cards, grocery cards, deliveries, financial support and more volunteer work,” Langhorne said. “It was really inspiring”,
Despite the reduced budget, TBCF was able to continue to serve any family that requested support.
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation advocates for families in the three countries who have a child with cancer by providing financial, emotional and educational support. Since 2002, TBCF has provided approximately $2 million to families through direct financial aid.
In addition, TBCF offers emotional support groups for parents, children, and teens in English and Spanish. The TBCF program helps children re-entering the school system by offering post-chemo counseling and neuropsychological assessments.
For more information about TBCF services, visit TeddyBearCancerFoundation.org.