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FIRST BEARS TO BE DONATED TO SOUTH BEND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S ANNUAL BEARS IN THE AIR PROGRAM

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December 02, 2019
WHO:    St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board of Directors President Dr. Jay Asdell
Center for the Homeless/Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veterans Center Chief Policy & Resource Officer/Director Lani Vivirito accompanied by a veteran
                                                South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart
South Bend’s Largest and Most Loveable Bear Stu D. Baker
 
 
WHAT:                                      Eighth Annual Bears in the Air Program
Dr. Asdell, Lani, a veteran, Joe, and Stu place the first bears in the
“Bear Den”

 
WHERE:                                   South Bend International Airport Atrium east of Delta ticket counter
 
WHEN:                                     Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
 
ACTUAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10:00 am                                   Press Event Begins     
                                                - Dr. Jay Asdell, St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board President
- Explains the Bears in the Air program
-Lani Vivirito, Center for the Homeless/Veteran’s Center Comments
            - Explains the impact the Bears in the Air program has had on veteran residents
-Joe Hart, South Bend Cubs President Comments
- Why South Bend Cubs have supported the program since its inception and why programs like this are important to the community
- Dr. Asdell, Lani, a veteran, Joe, and Stu 
            - Place first bears in “Bear Den”
 
10:15 am                                  Individual interviews
 
 
South Bend, IN. The eighth annual Bears in the Air program lands at South Bend International Airport (SBN) when community stakeholders donate the first bears to the program at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3. St. Joseph County Airport Authority Board President Dr. Jay Asdell will be joined by Center for the Homeless/Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran’s Center Chief Policy & Resource Officer/Director Lani Vivirito, a veteran, South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart, and South Bend’s largest and most loveable bear Stu D. Baker.
 
Bears in the Air will officially kick-off at SBN on Friday, December 6 with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to anyone 21 years of age or older. The $20 per person entry fee will provide a teddy bear to a child in an area hospital and assistance to the veterans at the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center. Guests will enjoy a light buffet, cash bar, music and door prizes.

Anyone unable to attend the event is encouraged to donate to the program through December 16. Donations can be dropped off at Airport Information located in the airport terminal near baggage claim. The more donations collected allows for more smiles on children’s faces and greater assistance for veterans. 

“We are excited to celebrate the program’s eighth year. Thanks to the support and generosity from our community, Bears in the Air has continued to grow significantly,” said SBN’s CEO & Executive Director Mike Daigle. “In the past seven years, over 9,000 teddy bears have been provided to children in area hospitals and $46,000 to the Veteran’s Center in downtown South Bend.”