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Posted on: Oct 18, 2019

Calling All Teddy Bears: The Annual Teddy Bear Challenge Has Begun!

By Jodie Bergeron, Cohen & Malad LLP

The Paralegal Committee will once again sponsor the annual Teddy Bear Challenge to benefit the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis EMS and Indianapolis Fire Department’s “Bears on Patrol” programs in connection with our annual holiday luncheon. We will be collecting new and “gently-loved” stuffed animals (no more than 18 inches in height) to be presented to the law enforcement and fire department agencies at the IndyBar Paralegal Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 5.

As in the past, the Committee is seeking paralegals from each firm to serve as coordinators to help spread the word about the program within their respective firms or offices, arrange for delivery of the stuffed animals collected at their firms and to track the number of bears donated and employee participation. Recognition will be given to the organization donating the greatest total number of stuffed animals and the organization donating the most stuffed animals per employee.
The Teddy Bear Challenge has been a huge success over the years, and the police, sheriffs’ deputies, EMS and firemen have told us they greatly appreciate the donations and report that the stuffed animals make a big difference in comforting the children they encounter who are often in the midst of very trying circumstances. So, let’s remember this is not only a contest but a way to touch young lives. If you would like to be the representative contact for your firm, please contact Jodie Bergeron at jbergeron@cohenandmalad.com. Thank you!

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