The KatieBears Foundation gave away over 2,000 Teddy Bears in 2013 at Christmas Parades, and Educational visits to Schools, as well as to Victims Assistance. We also worked with local schools to help family's in need during the Christmas season.
KatieBears is 100% volunteer.
Eganville's arena is closed for renovations so Our Third Annual Fun Day is moving to The Wing in Renfrew this year. By popular demand KatieBear Idol is returning to highlight some of the most amazing Talent you will see on stage. Sign Up now! for your chance at Cash Prizes.
Or Just turn out for the Craft Fair and Kid's games... Our volunteers have been working hard at building 11 brand new kids games for this year and they are AWESOME! More prizes for the kids and everyone is entered to win a free door prize too!
Wow now THAT was a LOT of fun. The weather was a bit blustery but the sun was out and so were the people! Checkout 30 minutes in time lapse at our Registration booth - That's a LOT of people and there were still more at the Craftshow inside.
Thank You again to Kelsey and Tavis for a Very Well organized and run KatieBear Idol competition. Your preparation and professionalism was very evident! Next year will be bigger, and better and inside!! ;-)
You can find out more on the competition and or winners on
the KatieBears FaceBook Site.
Thank YOU! to Frisco's for Feeding ALL of our Volunteers for FREE! That was an unexpected and appreciated donation to our Fund Raiser!
Also Thank You to Mike at Eganville Foodland for donating some of the food Prepared for us by Frisco's.
Thank You to Advantage Audio Visual of Ottawa for Kindly donating the A/V Equipment in use all day and the technicians for Setup and Tear Down.
Thank You to the modellers from the Pembroke RC Club and the Arnrprior RC Club and the OVRC Addicts turned out in force! Check this out as the OVRC Addicts tore up the backyard with enthusiasm. The winner of the OVRC donated RC Truck was Ian Volker of Arnprior - congratulations Ian!
About 40 volunteers put in a lot of hard work to make this day happen. So THANK YOU to our Volunteers AND everyone that came out to help us raise money so that we can reach our goals for 2013.
We'll be back next year!
Remember that we have a Bottle Drive this Summer and a Bowlathon this Fall. If you'd like to pitch in please contact us through this site or via FaceBook.
Dec 1, 2012 Christmas Parade in Renfrew Ontario. Wow. Over 450 KatieBears found new homes today. You see some of them on Facebook!
Nov 25, 2012 With the help of family and friends KatieBears has started a chapter in Halifax Nova Scotia. They did their first parade Today! Congratulations folks. I know you had a blast - it's WAY to addictive not to have a great time doin it. You can find THEM on Facebook too!
Nov 24, 2012 Cobden Christmas Parade!. I can't keep up to the events at the moment. Check out the KatieBears Facebook Page for up to the minute pictures. We'll post some on the site as soon as we have time to breath
Nov 18, 2012 We held a Bowlathon in Arnprior Ontario to raise money for KatieBears and to celebrate adopting the Dalmally Basic school in Negril Jamaica. Thank you to all that pitched in for the day. As always you continue to amaze us with your support!!! We Raised $2,678 Wahhooo!. Get your teams together for next year...
Nov 6, 2012 KatieBears visited Leaps and Bounds in Arnprior Ontario to talk about KatieBears, and of course to make sure everyone we met got on to take home!
Catie, Steve and Stewart from QMedia Solutions pitched up at KatieBears central to talk to Lynda about KatieBears, and Voluteerism.
The Interview and the followup visits to a home for the elderly and a Library which was running a reading week will be featured this fall on TVO.
The Followup to the Library visit was to a Daycare next door and, for Eganville Jennifer Murphy, it brought home Why we do this.
"I've done a lot of great stuff since I've become Mayor", said Mayor Murphy "but this is by FAR the Best!"
I can understand why... It's addictive to make people feel good, and KatieBears is an Awesome way to do just that
New for 2012; KatieBears will be sponsoring education in the developing world. We've committed to assisting P.A.C.E. Canada, an organization with extensive contacts in Jamaica, with donations of money and KatieBears to a number of schools within the island nation.
Our level of sponsorship will depend on our fundraising this year, but we will be donating 50% of our funds to P.A.C.E. in 2012. We expect this will allow us to sponsor at least 3 'Basic' (Pre-school) schools for a full year.
We will also be travelling, at our own expense, to Jamaica to visit these schools and hand out KatieBears to the students
Following a telephone interview we've been notified that KatieBears will be appearing in the upcoming season
Again - THANK YOU to OUR volunteers for your unconditional devotion to KatieBears. It's because of your efforts that our efforts will be reaching millions of people!
Canada Day always brings about an abundance of empty bottles.... our volunteers are here to Help! We're collecting empties in Arnprior, Eganville and surrounding areas
Contact us if you'd like us to look after them for you.
Update Our bottle drive raised over $300 for KatieBears! Thank you to everyone who donated!
The KatieBears Fun Day/Fundraising Event in Eganville got so big that it had to be relocated it to the Eganville Arena, but despite the last minute change of venue it was a resounding success. Approximately 300 people attended the event, and it was Fantastic!
The parking lot was packed for a few hours while Max and Aaron entertained the crowd. When Aaron took a much needed break from some of the best music we've heard in the valley, Mike from the Ottawa Valley RC Addicts entertained us with RC truck Stunts that reminded me of the Bayshore parking lot on Dec 23rd. Scary and amazing at the same time
Mark Murphy and crew from Camp Petawawa entertained anyone that wandered their way with some covert surveillance using their remote's. THAT was very cool - thank you all for coming out, and even more for what you do.
The day was packed with activity and we far surpassed our own expectations.
Our Top Fund Raiser at the event was Tracey McCormick from the Bonnechere Manor in Renfrew
KatieBears are teddy bears that are given 'to anyone who looks like they could use a hug'. KatieBears are always New, Clean and Free. We are located in the Ottawa Valley region of Eastern Ontario.
You can identify your Genuine KatieBear by the purple button, as shown here, on your KatieBear's ear.
If you've recieved a KatieBear we'd like to hear from you - Please use our Contact form. Don't forget to check out our Events page for pictures of LOTS of happy people - maybe even you !!
'Katie believed that everyone deserved a special Christmas. We hope this makes your Christmas special'
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Please Note: KatiBears is not yet a registered Charity organization, as such we are not able to provide tax deductable receipts.