2nd Annual Bring-a-Bear Teddy Bear Toss Coming to Mountain View Ice Arena Saturday, December 1st at Noon

Left to Right: Carol Quandt of 41 Lumber; Matthew Lutz, Cole Grenier, Mikki Hall, Tanya DalSanto of First National Bank & Trust with Trusty the First National Bear; KHS Senior Hockey Players Trevor Anderson, David Brule III, Eamonn Weed, and Eli Langston; Trisha Peterson of Results Broadcasting; Steve Juul of Town & Country Sales

First National Bank & Trust’s Project Teddy Bear program is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss, with the goal of collecting new stuffed animals to donate to local area emergency responders and crisis centers. The Bring-a-Bear Teddy Bear Toss takes place Saturday, December 1st at Mountain View Ice Arena at the Kingsford versus Ashland hockey game. The game starts at 12:00 pm, and admission is only $1 for attendees bringing a new stuffed animal donation to toss out onto the ice when announced.

“Listening to stories from our local emergency responders about the truly positive effects of handing a child a stuffed animal during an emergency reiterates why First National Bank & Trust created Project Teddy Bear,” said Matthew Lutz, Chief Financial Officer of First National Bank & Trust.  “It is a great honor and privilege to be able to put on an event such as The 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss. This event not only collects stuffed animals for Project Teddy Bear, but benefits Kingsford Flivver Hockey and Mountain View Ice Arena, while providing our community with a great family friendly event.”

This year, thanks to the generosity of event co-sponsors Town & Country Sales, 41 Lumber, and Results Broadcasting, the Teddy Bear Toss festivities have been expanded to include a special limited edition “Teddy Towel” a commemorative rally towel fans can use to cheer on the Flivvers all season. In addition, the usual Chuck-a-Puck will be replaced for the afternoon with Air-the-Bear, where participants can purchase a chance to hit center ice by throwing a numbered bear. The 10 closest bears will each win a 4 pack of Green Bay Gamblers hockey tickets, donated by co-sponsor Radio Now 100.7 FM. Also on hand will be Trusty, The First National Bear, who will be skating around and greeting fans throughout the afternoon event.

“The KHS Hockey Program is excited and honored to partner with First National Bank & Trust on our 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss,” said Dennis Murvich, KHS Hockey coach. “We are looking forward to building on the success of last year’s event and want to thank everyone for working so hard to make this happen. This is a fun event for a great cause. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the game.”

First National Bank & Trust’s Project Teddy Bear drive will continue throughout December with the bank’s Christmas Tree Collection Box; anyone who would like to contribute may bring in new stuffed toys to the collection boxes located at First National Bank & Trust main office and Results Broadcasting studios.

Project Teddy Bear is part of First National Bank and Trust’s ongoing dedication to supporting and strengthening our community.