Get set for The Big ‘WEHA Bear Fair Reveal’
WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—The 2021 WEHA Bear Fair will officially dance into town in just a few weeks. But organizers are so excited, they couldn’t resist the temptation to get the party started NOW!
“You can feel the excitement building throughout the entire town of West Hartford. The anticipation is palpable!” says Tom Hickey, President of 20/20Media, the Hartford-based media and marketing company that is producing what promises to be this year’s blockbuster fun and FUNdraising event.
The entire community is invited to feast their eyes on the painted bears at “The Big WEHA Bear Fair Reveal,” to be held on Tuesday, August 31, 4:30 to 6 pm, at Webster Walk, located at 20 South Main St. in West Hartford.
“We’re excited to invite the public to view our one dozen beautifully painted bears, each one individually designed and decorated by a talented local artist,” says Hickey. The unveiling will take place at 5 pm sharp, he cautions, so don’t be late.
The 2021 WEHA Bear Fair promises to be a spectacular community-wide fundraiser, sponsored by local business and individuals. Each sponsor has selected an artist to design its bear, as well as a nonprofit organization to benefit from proceeds raised by visitors to the fair.
Guests at the ‘Big Bear Fair Reveal’ on August 31 will have the opportunity to support the many designated beneficiary non-profits by scanning the QR code on the signage attached to the bear or by visiting 20media20.com
The Bear Fair sponsors, along with their designated non-profits and the artists designing their bears, include:
Sponsor: Elmwood Business Association
Nonprofit: Faxon Library
Artist: Corey Pane
Sponsor: Cantor Colburn LLC
Nonprofit: Westmoor Park
Artist: Steve Hunter
Sponsor: Westfield Bank
Nonprofit: The Ron Foley Foundation
Artist: Anne Gogh
Sponsor: West Hartford Funeral Home Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral home: Malloy Funeral Home; Hebrew Funeral Association; and WTNH
Nonprofit: APK Charities
Artist: Bryan Wziontko
Sponsor: Udolf Properties
Nonprofit: Ronald McDonald House
Artist: The children at Ronald McDonald House in Springfield with Art Director Ray Talbot
Sponsor: Modern Tire of West Hartford
Nonprofit: Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools
Artist: Che’ La’Mora Hardy
Sponsor: Juniper Homecare
Nonprofit: Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Artist: Taylor Talmage
Sponsor: Fleet Feet of West Hartford
Nonprofit: Footwear with Care
Artist: Bill Dougal
Sponsor: Dog Star Rescue
Nonprofit: Dog Star Rescue
Artist: Dog Star Rescue staff & volunteers
Sponsor: Hartford Health Care
Nonprofit: Food FARMacy
Artist: Joanna Cistulli
Nonprofit: For All ages
Artist: For All Ages members (Northwest Catholic students & Duncaster residents; coordinator Deb Bibbins)
Sponsor: Daley Moving and Storage
Nonprofit: The Bridge Family Center
Artist: Tao LaBossiere
Special Thanks to our event partners; Art of Tao, Daley Moving & Storage and Jeff Hodges Landscaping and to our media partners, WTNH News 8, we-ha.com, West Hartford Magazine, Ledger Publications, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and Town of West Hartford.
Produced by 20/20 Media