Once again, New Trier Hockey players took their competitive spirit off the ice and into the local communities to support kids battling cancer. On October 3rd, nearly 140 players from the boys’ and girls’ hockey teams spread out in Winnetka, Glencoe, Northfield and Wilmette to collect donations for the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Established in 1992 and named in memory of eight-year-old Barrett “Bear” Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, the Foundation’s mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.
This year, New Trier Hockey players raised more than $10,000 between in-person and on-line donations, the largest total since New Trier Hockey began supporting the Foundation in 2010. The funds collected will go to Bear Necessities’ “Bear Hugs Program,” which provides a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer, as well as immediate family support for essential needs and financial burdens. The Bear Hugs Program serves both in state and out of state children that are being treated at one of the nine major Chicago area hospitals with pediatric oncology departments.
Director of Special Events, Hillary Fash, expressed the Foundation’s gratitude for this year’s fundraising event and the continuing support of New Trier Hockey. “This makes a huge difference for us in the fight against pediatric cancer and we are so lucky to have New Trier Hockey raising money for Bear Necessities.”
The success of this year’s event would not have been possible without the generous support of residents in the New Trier communities, players’ families and friends, and the following local retailers where players collected donations on October 3rd: Cafe Aroma, Dunkin Donuts in Glencoe, the French Market in Wilmette, the Grand Food Centers in Winnetka and Glencoe, Panera Bread in Wilmette, Ridgeview Grill, Starbucks in Winnetka, Three Tarts Bakery and Café and Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Wilmette.