Welcome to the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite. As we get ready for our tenth year in 2020, 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. This year will find us again at our new home in Nevin Square at 29 Winter Street (the Point B Vacation Rentals store). We’re still planning our 2020 schedule, but will most likely be open for three weekends, with the grand finale on the Christmas In Edgartown weekend.
In the first eight years, the holiday event has 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. Sadly a very real, and large issue.
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, and enrollment continues rapidly growing at the Club, as it plays a vital community role and safety net for many Island families.
2019 was our biggest and best fundraising year ever. The Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite raised $45,000, as we added several new, and fun ways for people to help raise money and awareness.
Teddy Bear Trot & Holiday Raffle
In addition to donations at the door and donations online, the Teddy Bear Trot 5K Run & Walk was bigger and better in 2019, and with a new in-town route. We had a great fun with our annual Holiday Raffle featuring the Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Experience (gift certificates to 31 restaurants), an Adventure Paddleboard, and a giant teddy bear — twin sister of Teddy Bear Suite favorite “Nemsha.”
And you will be seeing more bears, in more places, as we launch Teddies Around Town again, our series of pop-up bear events at 15 businesses around Edgartown.
#MVTEDDYBEARSUITE Social Media Hashtag
Our popular social feed spotlight is back again as well. Our Social Media Photo Feed automatically pulls all photos from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts and feeds, that use our #mvteddybearsuite hashtag. This figures prominently into the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite and the Teddies Around Town, but hundreds of people use for everything Teddy Bear Suite related.
So, whether you join in the fun of sharing photos or videos from the Teddy Bear Suite, or follow us for fundraising updates, this is our prime social media way to go. We also have a Greatest Hits Photo Gallery, a Calendar of Events, plus 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 now expect to raise about $200,000+ in our first nine years . . . MORE