Third Annual Bears in the Air Kickoff Party to Take Place Friday at South Bend International Airport

The third annual Bears in the Air kickoff party takes place at South Bend International Airport (SBN) on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. Admission is one newly purchased teddy bear or a $10 donation. A teddy bear will be delivered to children in local hospitals to offer companionship and smiles during a difficult time, and the money collected will be donated directly to the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center.

The approximately 300 expected attendees will mingle inside the terminal enjoying music, hors d’oeuvres, one complimentary beverage from the cash bar, and will be entered into a drawing for door prizes from local businesses to include dinner certificates, overnight hotel stays, tickets to sporting events, golf and more. Roundtrip airfare certificates from Allegiant and Delta complete the door prize offerings.

For those unable to attend the party, a “Bear Den” inside the terminal has been created to collect newly purchased teddy bears from December 6 through December 21, 2014. Travelers along with the general public are invited to donate a newly purchased teddy bear. Teddy bears are available for purchase in the airport’s gift shop.

“The program has generated much interest since its inception in South Bend two years ago,” said Mike Daigle, SBN Executive Director. “We are thankful for all who attend the kickoff party and support the program with donations throughout December.”

The program has generated over 1200 teddy bears that have been donated to children in area hospitals and $11,000 to the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran’s Center in downtown South Bend. This year’s goal is to collect 1000 bears which will bring an increased monetary donation to the Veteran’s Center as well.


About South Bend International Airport

South Bend International Airport’s three air carriers provide nonstop flights to nine cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, and Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg with connections world-wide. South Bend Airport’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, the South Bend Airport’s total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $1.7 billion.

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