Posted May 10, 2021
| 1:53 pm
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 more than a year – the Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, June 26.
Like other local nonprofits, TBCF canceled fundraisers in 2020, hosted a virtual event and turned it around at every turn, while providing the most support in its 19-year history.
Teddy bear picnic lunch is held on the top lawn of the reopened Montecito Club. Tickets are $ 200 for two guests. Each couple is provided with an umbrella and a picnic blanket on which to enjoy a meal of paninis, salads, wine, snacks and dessert.
Activities include croquet, bowls, corn hole, horseshoes, balloon performers and music. Also available through Montecito Club are a toboggan run, pickleball, basketball and volleyball.
Tickets are available at TeddyBearCancerFoundation.org/Events. A limited number of tickets are sold to ensure a safe social distance.
The Teddy Bear Picnic is co-chaired by 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 events committee consists of Matt Fish, Jamie Hansen, Sheela Hunt, Maria Long, Debbie Neer and Tara Zanecki.
Additional event sponsors include Mad Fitness and Drs. Jon and Karen Tammela.
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to host a safe in-person event again,” said Wilson, “We really missed this. The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation supporters have been great over the past year and we can’t wait to thank them personally. “
In 2020 TBCF reduced its operating budget in response to the pandemic; however, the need for services has increased significantly.
“Our supporters and donors really came through for our families last year with gift cards, grocery card, supplies, financial support and more volunteering. It was really inspiring, ”said Langhorne.
Despite the limited budget, TBCF could continue to serve any family that asked for support.
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation advocates for families living in the tri-counties 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 provides emotional support groups for parents, children and teens in English and Spanish. The TBCF program supports children returning to school through post-chemo counseling and neuropsychological assessments.
To learn more about TBCF services, visit TeddyBearCancerFoundation.org.