Food Drive

LAKE FOREST, IL - The Chicago Bears and Bears Care, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, will kick off the sixth annual Hunt for Food and Shelter collection drive at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, November 3, 2002.

The event is co-sponsored by Abbott Laboratories, Aon, Gas City, Kraft and Turner Barton Malow Kenny Construction. The fundraiser will benefit food pantries and homeless shelters in Chicago and Central Illinois. Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ted Washington will serve as the honorary player chairperson for the 2002 Chicago Bears Hunt For Food and Shelter.

The first phase of the campaign, "A Buck A Seat Helps Others Eat" stadium collection drive, kicks off at Memorial Stadium before the Bears-Eagles game Sunday, November 3, 2002. All donations will be matched by a 50 percent donation through the Bears Care's partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation. Volunteers will be stationed at various collection locations throughout Memorial Stadium from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Fans donating $5 or more will receive a collectible pin.

The second phase of the program, "Kids Helping Kids - Make The Winning Team," will take place at schools through the holiday season. The program educates young adults about smart philanthropy and the importance about giving back to the community. Participating schools will be given collection cans, stickers and posters to promote the competition. The two schools that raise the most money will win a school visit and talk from a Chicago Bears player or coach.

The third component of the campaign invites businesses to participate in the fundraiser through the "Business Blitz to Tackle Hunger" program. By placing a collection can in their storefronts, local merchants that raise the most money will be invited to bring four guests for lunch to the Chicago Bears headquarters and will have the opportunity to watch the team practice.

The Hunt For Food And Shelter campaign has raised over $600,000 to date to support food pantries and shelters. These agencies also provide disadvantaged families with the resources and opportunities needed to overcome the obstacle of poverty and enable them to improve their quality of life.

Those interested in making a donation may do so by sending a check payable to Bears Care to: Bears Care, 1000 Football Drive, Lake Forest, IL 60045. For additional information, or to sign up your school or business, call the Bears Care hotline at 847/739-5327 or visit www.ChicagoBears.com.


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