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Paralegals News

Posted on: Sep 28, 2017

By Laura E. A. Thirion, Katz Korin Cunningham

Calling all teddy bears! The Indianapolis Bar Association Paralegal Executive Council will once again sponsor the annual Teddy Bear Challenge to benefit the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and Indianapolis EMS’s “Bears on Patrol” programs in connection with its annual holiday luncheon.  

IndyBar paralegals are asked to collect 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 December 7. As in the past, we are 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 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 Laura Thirion at or (317) 396-2552. Thank you!

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