SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation provides financial, educational, and emotional support to local families who have a child with cancer.
Due to the pandemic, the nonprofit made a difficult decision and canceled one of their big fundraising events this year.
The nonprofit organization's flagship event, the Gold Ribbon Luncheon, raises critical funds for families in the tri-counties battling pediatric cancer, and makes up about a third of their annual operating expenses.
“Our families are in dire situations right now, and we’ve made the decision to focus on serving them to our best ability right now,” said Eryn Shugart, Interim Executive Director. “Some of our families have lost their entire income, and many are in danger of going hungry…all while they’re caring for a very ill child. We just really need to focus on them right now, and not on planning our luncheon."
The foundation is now leaning on donor support for help.
Their annual Gold Ribbon Campaign will take place throughout the month of September in recognition of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.
Fundraising for the campaign will focus on a USPS direct mail appeal, sponsorships, a raffle, and an online silent auction.
Every sponsorship level will include a gift certificate to a local small business or restaurant to support the small businesses.
Last year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation provided financial aid to 55 local families and served a total of 851 individuals through their three core programs.
For information about the organization or if you have questions about sponsorship, email Eryn Shugart at Eryn@TeddyBearCancerFoundation.org.