Photo 1: Olivia Smith, Helen McInnis, Lee Ann Sprick, Debbie Campbell (President of Hi Neighbor), P.V. Fitzharris, Nancy Foisner, and Kay Caffey show off their precious bears.
Photo 2: MinhChau Epley, dedicated Hi Neighbor and Heartbeat Bear member, enjoys a moment with the "Big Bear."
The Nov. 12 Hi Neighbor - Kingwood social club featured a very successful luncheon and silent auction, whose proceeds were dedicated to the "Heartbeat Bears" activity group, the philinthropic arm of the highly popular group.
The "Kingwood Heartbeat Bears" is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide the comfort of soft teddy bears to traumatized children and lonely, forgotten adults. Since 1991, over 60,000 adorable teddy bears have been donated to the Texas Children's Hospital, Memorial Hermann Northeast, Kingwood Medical Center, The Door, Battered Women's Shelter, Family Time Foundation, Elder Care Centers, and victims of local disasters.
Each year, at least 2,000 bears are distributed as needed. The only source of income is from private donations and from various fund-raising projects, such as the Hi Neighbor's Silent Auction. Guests were very impressed with the decorated tables, set up beautifully at Raffa's Restaurant, which featured Thanksgiving decorations and Pilgrim and Indian-dressed bear treasures.
Silent auction baskets of various gifts offered numerous purchase possibilities, and the "Kingwood Heartbeat Bears" netted over $3,000, which will purchase many valuable bears for distribution.