Welcome to the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Fundraiser. This is a special milestone year for us, as we celebrate our 10th year of helping create a magical holiday tradition, where family memories are made, and the money raised goes to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys And Girls Club.
Our 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.
This year, things will look a little different for the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite. Though the magical suite itself will not be open for visitors, the Bears are back in some new and fun ways! Join us as we partner with the Edgartown Board of Trade for an all new Teddies Around Town.
The New Teddies Around Town
The annual Christmas in Edgartown Elf on the Shelf is now becoming Teddies Around Town — a fun new outdoor holiday scavenger hunt with a cause. Elves will be Bears this year, and they will go from hiding on the shelves to hiding in storefront windows. We cannot wait to share the prize at the end of the scavenger hunt. We’ll give you a hint – it’s fuzzy and about seven inches tall. Check out our latest blog for more details and times.
The Magical Teddy Bear Suite Home In More Normal Times
Since 2018, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite has been hosted in downtown Edgartown at 29 Winter Street. We’re hoping by next year, you will again find us at our Nevin Square home, which happens to be the festively decorated and magically transformed Point B Vacation Rentals + Experience Store. While we will not have the doors open for visitors this year, we will have an epic bear-themed window that you have to see!
In our first nine years, the annual holiday event has raised $216,000+ 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 2019 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
In addition to donations at Teddies Around Town and donations online, the Teddy Bear Trot 5K Run & Walk is back. This year, it is virtual. You can sport your most festive apparel and run the Teddy Bear Trot from anywhere in the world. Register today, click here.
#MVTEDDYBEARSUITE Social Media Hashtag
Our popular social media 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 it 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 10th 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 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 hope to bring our 10-year total close to $250,000 . . . MORE