First Bears to be Donated to SBN’s Annual Bears in the Air Program

The seventh annual Bears in the Air program lands at South Bend International Airport (SBN) with South Bend’s largest and most loveable bear Stu D. Baker, South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors President David Sage, and airport representatives donating the first bears to the program on Wednesday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Bears in the Air will officially kick-off at SBN on Friday, November 30 with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to anyone 21 years of age or older. The $15 per person entry fee will provide a teddy bear to a child in an area hospital and assistance to the veterans at the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center. Guests will enjoy a light buffet, cash bar, music and door prizes.

Anyone unable to attend the event is encouraged to donate to the program through December 17. Donations can be dropped off at Airport Information. The more donations collected allows for more smiles on children’s faces and greater assistance for veterans.

“We are excited to celebrate the program’s seventh year. Thanks to the support and generosity from our community, Bears in the Air has continued to grow significantly,” said SBN’s Executive Director Mike Daigle. “In the past six years, nearly 7,000 teddy bears have been provided to children in area hospitals and over $36,000 to the Veteran’s Center in downtown South Bend.”

About South Bend International Airport

South Bend International Airport’s four air carriers provide nonstop flights to twelve cities:  Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York City/Newark, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg with connections world-wide. South Bend International’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air, rail and bus passengers each year. According to the 2012 Economic Impact Report from the Aviation Authority of Indiana, South Bend International’s total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $1.7 billion.

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