WPS sponsors 19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss

kid with large teddy bear

Children and parents expecting a regular visit to the doctor were surprised to see members of the Green Bay Gamblers hockey team handing out teddy bears of all shapes and sizes Monday morning.

Volunteers collected thousands of stuffed toys during the Gamblers game against the Madison Capitols at the 19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss on Feb. 24.

When the Gamblers scored their first goal, fans threw onto the ice new teddy bears they brought to the game—a total of 7,631 stuffed animals, nearly one for every person in attendence.

Area high school students volunteered to collect and sort the bears, which will be given away to local charities across Northeast Wisconsin.

The following Monday, WPS’ Roger Ebert joined Gamblers hockey stars to give some of those bears to pediatric patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

The Teddy Bear Toss started in 2000, and since then, fans have donated more than 10,000 teddy bears to area children in hospitals, shelters, and other emergency situations.

WPS Health Insurance was proud to present this year’s Teddy Bear toss with our partners, the Green Bay Gamblers hockey team.

19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss

WPS Senior Director of Group Sales Roger Ebert joins the Gamblers to share smiles with children at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.

19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss

The Green Bay Gamblers invited Scott Kowalski, WPS Executive Vice President of Health Insurance, to drop the ceremonial puck at the Teddy Bear Toss.

19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss

Fans tossed a record 7,631 teddy bears onto the ice at the Resch Center.

19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss

At each Gamblers game this season, WPS Health Insurance has honored “Hometown Heroes.” On the night of the Teddy Bear Toss, U.S. Marine veteran Derek Jablonicky was introduced to the crowd of more than 7,700 fans.

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