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Brunch for (Teddy) Bears

February 20, 2012

On a sunny and brisk Saturday afternoon, we all gathered for a brunch to raise money for Bear Givers, an organization whose mission is to “[bring] joy to the lives of children in need with the gift of a soft, cuddly teddy bear.” Bear Givers also offers really amazing programs that enable children with special needs or illnesses to also share in the joy of giving, by helping them channel their artistic and creative skills to produce artwork that is then auctioned off, with proceeds donated back to their school/hospital.

Brunch was an amalgam of both sweet and savory dishes, with a waffle bar (complete with fruit, nutella, whipped cream, and even biscoff spread!), cinnamon rolls, mini chocolate chip maple pancake muffins, spinach and cheese strata, breakfast pizza, roasted rosemary potatoes, and biscuits, all served alongside refreshing glasses of mimosas. And to help you re-create any (or all) aspects of this brunch, links to the recipes are at the bottom of this post!

Everyone loved the bears and enjoyed dining in the presence of these adorable bears – especially knowing that our combined efforts would go towards sharing these soft, cuddly bears with the children at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and hopefully instilling the children with love, joy, and hope.

As of today, we have collectively raised $800 from this brunch for teddy bears – that’s 32 bears, 32 children, and 32 bright smiles! We are still working on setting a date to distribute these bears, but expect an update from us sometime in March. In the meantime, please continue donating and helping us provide more bears to the children at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine!

Thanks to everyone for supporting our Brunch for (Teddy) Bears and we look forward to seeing you at our next event!


Many thanks to the authors of the above posts/recipes for providing us with these wonderful recipes to savor at our brunch! 🙂

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