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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.

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May 24 2014 KatieBears Fun Day is in Renfrew!

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!

Thank You!

Eganville Fun day Success

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!! ;-)

The KatieBear Idol event Junior and Senior divisions highlighted some Absolutely Amazing Talent. (links are in HD so they may take a while to open)

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! 

As always our Volunteers stepped up and made this a GREAT day.  Starting at 6 AM with the outside setup crew. Right through to the Tear down at 5 PM

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.

May 25 2013

KatieBears 2nd Annual FunDay Fund Raiser!

If you came out to last year's Fun Day and Head Shaving in Eganville and you had a good time Make Sure you Make Time for this year's event!

FREE Admission - Come down and check it out - It's gonna be a Blast!!!

We've got over 40 vendors inside for a Craft/Home Show.  There's a 'KatieBear Idol' event with two age groups and prizes for the winners and a Special Award to the School with the Best participation.  So far we have over 30 participants for the Idol contest!!

There will be Police and Fire Rescue onsite with Displays and to answer questions.

We have THREE Remote Control clubs from across the valley - You will see some of the most amazing remote control planes, drones, cars and Trucks.  The Ottawa Valley-RC Addicts will have a track setup outside and I'm sure they will be more than happy to show us some insane tricks and stunts.

You will even have the CHANCE TO WIN your OWN RC Truck donated by the Ottawa Valley RC Addicts.  This isn't a Toy.  It's a mean machine made to take a kicking Check it our Here Wow!

There's a balloon Artist, a Funtastic Photo Booth and of course there are  LOTS Games for the kids with LOTS of PRIZES!!!

There will Food on site by Frisco's as well as the 'Ice Cream Cart' with all kinds of Frozen treats.  And for the "Big Kids" the Arena Staff will have their Own indoor Refreshment stand open too... of course you need to be 'of age' to roll up to that one.... AND there will be LOTS of draws where you can WIN MONEY while the kids are having a great time on the games.  You gotta see it all to believe it.

Chris Kyte from MyFM  will be onsite from 2:30 to 5:00 PM.

And to help us pass the night away and chill after a day of fun "Faster Than Plaid" will rock the house from 6 to 11 PM! Open to ALL Ages!

Rain or Shine 11AM to 11PM at the Eganville Arena at 178 Jane Street.

Don't Miss it - it's gonna be HUGE.


May 1,2013 The KatieBears Foundation boast's about our volunteers ALL the time.  We have over 75 people that we can call on at ANY time to help us.  I think that Everyone in the organization recognizes that None of Us would be here without two people: Katie for what she started and Lynda for what she does every day to keep us on track and organized.  TVO Airs a 90 second segment on volunteers across Ontario between their programs and Lynda was spotlighted this month. We can Share it with you here

Dec 14, 2012 KatieBears visited the grade 2 class at Cobden District Public in Cobden Ontario to talk about our efforts in Jamaica and to hand out some more KatieBears. You can see some Pictures Here!

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!

KatieBears Interviewed by Q Media Solutions

Lynda and Catie Talk about KatieBears

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

Click here for a Few pictures from the Studio Interview, our library visit featuring Mayor Murphy and her new mittens, and the Daycare

KatieBears and PACE Canada

KatieBears will be teaming up with P.A.C.E. Canada to help schools in Jamaica

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

KatieBears to be Featured on TVO

Q Media will be interviewing the KatieBears!!

KatieBears has been invited to appear on GetInvolved! a TVO series on Volunteerism in Ontario

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 Bottle Drive!

KatieBears is doing a bottle drive on the Canada Day Weekend

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!

"Shave Your Head" an awesome success

Katie Bears Eganville Fun Day Event Rasied $3,787

There's one in every crowd

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.

More Pictures of the Fun Day Event and our Head Shaver's

Our Top Fund Raiser at the event was Tracey McCormick from the Bonnechere Manor in Renfrew

Thank You for visiting

What are KatieBears ?

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.