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"SLEEPWALK WITH ME" with comedian Mike Birbiglia!
Go see the show and bring a teddy bear for Hugs...
Ticket price will be 20% off. Ticketron knows all about it!
Hugs Across America had it's annual fundraising cocktail party on Nov 22nd at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. The event brought folks from near and far...neighbors and friends from Manhasset as well as supporters of Hugs mission from as far away as Florida and Massachusetts. All were treated to a rousing round of questions for Mike Franseca, sports commentator for the WFAN and "Mike'd Up" of NBC fame, as well as inspiring personal messages of support from Honorees, Robbie Donno, Founder and CEO of Gift of Life International, and Charlene and Mike Prounis, community activists and ardent enthusiasts of Hugs.
Mike Francesa shares a teddy!
In this economy it is an truly an honor to receive the continued support both of those in attendance, The MacHugs Chapter of Hugs in Pinehurst, NC and especially Kenrda Phillips, Lauren Gaffney of HBO, the Board of Trustees and the local businesses that provided services and support for our effort as we continue to bring comfort and hope to anxious, hurting children who are victimized by traumatic circumstances. We recognize that this year is uniquely difficult, and as a charitable organization, can only say a heartfelt "Thank you" to all.
Ben Willis, a remarkable 5 yr old, from Nashville, Tennessee decided that he wanted to help children who were scared or hurt through the hugs of teddy bears. Ben knows how much his teddy comforts him, so he decided to raise money for Hugs Across America by running in a Race for Hugs. In addition, Ben has sold our bracelets and lollipops for money to buy bears for hurting kids all over the United States. Thank You, Ben! You are a very special humanitarian ( that's a kid who wants to do good stuff for others...like you do.)
Although Hurricane Ike did not seem to be as distructive as anticipated, the aftermath continues to devastate thousands upon thousands who are not able to return home. Many are not even certain that home will still exist and others who survived the storm remain without electricity and water while basic supplies are running out. Hugs Across America Chapters have stepped up to help by providing teddy bears for children staying in church shelters throughout Houston, Brazoria and Passadena, Texas. The United Way of Montgomery County, Texas will take teddies with them as they go door to door answering calls for help. Our Oklahoma, Kelsey Briggs Chapter of Hugs, led by Jamie Gallimore and Loretha Sweetin, the Woodmen of the World Chapter in Georgia, led by Ted Church and the nationl headquarters have worked particularly hard getting teddies ready to meet the need tagged and ready for Ike shelters...more to come!