8th annual Bears Gala a success

The Eighth Annual Bears Care Gala, held Friday, May 9 at the Chicago Ritz-Carlton, raised over $400,000 to help aid the fight against breast and ovarian cancer. In the past eight years, the Bears Care Galas have raised over $4 million to support breast cancer research and treatment.

This year alone approximately 205,000 new cases of breast cancer and 24,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in this country. Bears Care supports focused research aimed at preventing and screening these devastating diseases and improving current methods of treatment.

Over 500 people attended this year's event while the guest list included Bears top management including: Jerry Angelo, Tim Bream, Mike McCaskey, and Cliff Stein, Bears coaches: Vance Bedford, Greg Blache, Larry Brooks, Charlie Coiner, Richard Dent, Dick Jauron, Steve Little, Earle Mosley, Greg Olson, John Shoop and Mike Sweatman, Bears players: Alex Brown, Chris Chandler, Marc Colombo, Paul Edinger, Dustin Lyman, Patrick Mannelly, Bernard Robertson, Rex Tucker and Brian Urlacher and alumni players: Jim Cantelupe, Dennis McKinnon, Jim Schwantz and Tom Waddle.

Ron Magers from ABC Channel 7 served as the celebrity auctioneer for a live auction which included: a spa package to the Lake Austin Spa in Austin, Texas; an off-season tour and private party at the new Soldier Field, a one-week stay at a villa at the Italian countryside of Tuscany's Chianti Classico wine region; an opportunity for two to join the Chicago Bears team charter to an away game, stay in the team hotel and travel to the game on team buses; an evening for ten at Wildfire of Lincolnshire; and an opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game along with an autographed Sammy Sosa jersey. The gala also included a raffle where guest had the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston, round-trip tickets for two anywhere in the world United flies, $5,000 cash, and a weekend stay at the Bears hometown hotel, the Chicago Hilton and Towers and head to the new Soldier Field for a unique game day experience.

For further information regarding Bears Care please contact the Bears Care office at 847-739-5325.

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