Heartwarming Hug-a-Bear event finds new home

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By Zach Chouteau

Prompted by popular demand, the heartwarming Hug-a-Bear Dinner hosted by the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council (SFNC) is moving to Richmond’s Galileo Club this year.  And tickets are still available for the Friday, Dec. 8 shindig that is now entering its 22nd year of helping comfort kids in crisis.

The enticing evening includes a no-host bar, gourmet meal (with entrée options of Prime Rib, Roast Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan), and a Mixer/Music/Dance session as the nightcap. But the heart of the fun, from the view of this reporter—who attended last year’s Hug-a-Bear at the Hotel Mac—is the teddy bear element of the evening.

Dinner-goers are asked to bring a new stuffed teddy bear (or other stuffed animal), to name and ‘introduce’ to other attendees, but more importantly donate to the Richmond Police and Fire Departments—who later pass them along to children in crisis. It’s hard to top the warm and fuzzy feeling you’ll get from knowing your furry friend will help bring comfort to a kid who’s faced serious trauma.

Tickets are $40, and a portion of the proceeds will help support special programs at Richmond’s Nystrom Elementary School.

The Galileo Club is located at 371 S. 23rd Street, along a section of the boulevard that was recently subnamed Galileo Club Way in tribute to the venue’s presence there since the late 1930s. The event is set to run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and you can find out more by contacting Event Chair Linda Whitmore of the SFNC. She can be reached by phone at (510) 236-8386 or email at lindajwhitmore@aol.com.

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