The holiday magic of the Teddy Bear Suite has returned to Martha’s Vineyard. Doors to the ninth annual fundraiser opened over the weekend, and it was a delight welcoming so many visitors, old friends and new. The fundraiser includes the actual Suite, our holiday raffle, Teddy Bear Trot 5K, and online donations. It is indeed, a magical time of year when the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite is open.
All the money raised goes directly to support the vital Healthy Happy Kids after school food program at Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. It’s an important program that’s working. With funding support from the Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser, we’ve watched H2K make a real difference in food insecurity and scarcity issues faced by hundreds of island children and their families. The MV Boys & Girls Club program now serves almost 40% of all elementary school-age children on Martha’s Vineyard.
This year, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite has a new home – 29 Winter Street, Nevin Square, the new Point B Realty rental office. We are beary excited to have this space, a new home to call our own.
We can’t wait for you to visit! The space is truly a magical place where holiday memories are made.
December 7th – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 8th – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 13th – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
December 14th – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 15th – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
In addition to being open more weekends this year, you can get your own Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser raffle tickets any day, not just during Christmas in Edgartown! Why would you want to buy tickets to our annual holiday raffle? Well, it’s because we have some beary cool prizes this year!
We have the VINEYARD RESTAURANT PACKAGE (value $1,075), gift certificates to 31 Island restaurants, an ADVENTURE PADDLE BOARD + PADDLE (value $1,145), and a larger than life TEDDY BEAR (value $250)! Click here to read all the details.
And we can’t forget to mention the 5th Annual Teddy Bear Trot! Get your festive apparel ready for this holiday run/walk. This has become such a fun event. This year, we have a new in-town course, and are starting from the Boys & Girls Club. We have great prizes for winning categories, including festively dressed! Click here to get details and registration. All the money raised goes to support the Boys & Girls Club H2K food program.
Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser Goal Is To Cover The Entire Cost Of H2K
Our Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraising goal is $45,000 because that’s what it costs to fund H2K. Last year’s fundraising drive raised enough to cover the entire year and that is our goal again this year.
Each week, hundreds of Island kids spend their afternoons at the Club. Here, they can play with their friends, play in the gym, participate in homework club, get creative in the art room, and much more.
Not too long ago, children had to pay for snacks offered at the Club. However, then new executive director Jessie Damroth saw that wasn’t working. Kids were coming to the Club hungry. With that hunger came a whole host of problems — inability to focus, frustration, and more.
$50 feeds 25 children for one day
$100 feeds 50 children for one day
$200 feeds all the children for one day
$1,000 feeds one child from September to June
We are now in our fourth year of fundraising for this program, and it has continued to grow with its success. The money we raise, with your help, allows the Club to not have to worry about funding this vital portion of their work. It allows them to grow other programing, add computers, activities, and more to the overall after school program.
Our website MVTEDDYBEARSUITE.COM is the home of all things fundraising and Teddy Bear Suite related. And if you use social media, our hashtag is #myteddybearsuite which will automatically add your pictures to our Teddy Bear Suite social media photo feed!