Welcome to the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite. As we enter our ninth year in 2019, the annual holiday fundraiser has both a magical, real world, home in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard, as well as its virtual, online presence here on the website and social media.
Teddy Bear Suite New Home
Starting in 2018, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite moved into downtown Edgartown. You will find us at a special new location in Nevin Square in 2019. In 2018 the doors opened to our joyful and festively decorated Teddy Bear Suite open on December 6th, for four magical days. Stay tuned for the 2019 schedule of events.
In the first eight years, the holiday event has now raised $171,000+ for the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club and its vital After School program that serves hundreds of elementary school-aged children and their families. In 2018 alone, the MV Teddy Bear Suite raised $45,000 which was enough to fund the vital food program — Healthy Happy Kids — that is addressing childhood hunger and food insecurity on the Vineyard.
H2K, as it’s known, has been a tremendous success. The program is now feeding nearly 40% of all kindergarten thru eighth-grade students on Martha’s Vineyard. Enrollment at the Boys & Girls Club has jumped — almost tripling over the last three years.
2018 was our biggest and best fundraising year ever. We raised a record-setting $45,000, as we added several new, and fun ways for people to help raise money and awareness.
Teddies Around Town
In addition to donations at the door and donations online, the Teddy Bear Trot 5K Run & Walk is bigger and better, and has a new in-town route. We have a great Holiday Raffle. And you will be seeing more bears, in more places, as we launch a fun, new Teddies Around Town series of pop-up bear events at 22 businesses around Edgartown.
#MVTEDDYBEARSUITE Social Media Hashtag
A popular feature we added last year is back. Our Social Media Photo Feed automatically pulls all photos from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts and feeds, that use our #mvteddybearsuite hashtag. This will figure prominently into the 2018 Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite and the Teddies Around Town.
So, whether you join in the fun of naming our new Big Bear, sharing photos or videos from the Teddy Bear Suite, or follow us for fundraising updates, this is our new social media way to go. We also have a Greatest Hits Photo Gallery, a Calendar of Events, and a Quick Links section on every page.
Now entering our ninth enchanting year, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite, created and sponsored by Point B Realty, is a magical holiday tradition where family memories are made, and the money raised goes to the help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys And Girls Club and their vital after school services and food program H2K used by hundreds of families across the Island every week. We’ve now raised more than $171,000 in the first nine years . . . MORE