AKRON Project Ed Bear hosted the 23rd annual Project Ed Bear Gala Auction on Nov. 27 at Quaker Station to honor Northeast Ohio children battling cancer.
A record 800 guests attended the sold-out Dr. Seuss’s Whoville-themed event and donated more than $120,000. Donations directly benefit Project Ed Bear and its mission to provide comforts and needs to children suffering from cancer throughout Northeastern Ohio with programs like Camp Ed Bear, The Project Ed Bear College Scholarship Program, as well as the efforts of Liv Thru Art.
Guests bid on 325 items in the silent and oral auctions and raffle before taking their seat for the program— where 37 children (dubbed event VIPs) battling cancer were celebrated with an Outstanding Bravery Award. Awards were also given to childhood cancer survivors as well as the Kids Helping Kids awards.
"We are all so grateful that our community rallied together to support our brave Project Ed Bear children," said Susan Summerville, Project Ed Bear founder, in a news release. "Our kids make us proud every day, and tonight, we are able to share that pride and love with a room full of Project Ed Bear family members. Thank you all for investing in children facing cancer, and for believing all kids, no matter what the diagnosis, deserve to feel like kids."
Project Ed Bear has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Akron Children’s Hospital Oncology Department as well as provided numerous gifts and experiences, which include teddy bears and welcome presents to each child receiving a cancer diagnosis, end of treatment parties, and holiday surprises like Valentine’s Day goodies and Easter gifts to each child in the pediatric oncology department at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Additionally, Project Ed Bear unveiled a sneak peak of MY JAMS, a brand of state-of-the-art children’s hospital wear designed locally by a Kent State University design team, with advisement on style from local kids going through cancer treatments. The full MY JAMS collection will be unveiled at a formal fashion show in the summer of 2018.
For more information or additional ways to support, please visit ProjectEdBear.org.
The Project Ed Bear Auction Gala is sponsored by Taylor Companies of Ohio, Kay Franks, Tim Holderbaum Memorial Golf Outing, The Matt and Lisa Kaulig Foundation, Akron Children’s Hospital, Martell School of Dance, FirstEnergy and Fran Bittle.