The full-service HOA management company is once again partnering with a deserving charity here in the Coachella Valley to bring toys and cheer to children and their families all over our valley.
This year Albert Management is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert who serve 350 children spanning eight different cities in both community-based and site-based mentoring programs. It’s a big year for the charity as they are celebrating their 20th anniversary in the Coachella Valley. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert believe all children can achieve success in life and “little moments can create big magic.”
The Bear Affair began in 2010 when Lori Albert, President & CEO introduced the idea of purchasing teddy bears and inviting customers, business partners, employees, friends and families to dress up the bears, outfit them with new toys, and donating all items collected to a deserving charity to benefit from the effort.
Each year Albert purchases over 100 teddy bears and checks them out to eagerly awaiting participants. Creativity is the name of the game and bears have been dressed and returned as STAR WARS characters, Gimli the Dwarf from Lord of the Rings, a Barrel of Monkeys and many other creative characters. Over 35 local businesses have participated in the past years including banks, attorneys, landscape maintenance companies, construction and remodel contractors, asphalt companies, concierge services, security service providers, insurance agents, pest control companies, realtors, CPAs and even homeowner association unit owners.
After the dressed bears are returned, participants are invited to attend a Bear Bash where all the bears and toys are on display. Prizes are awarded for Best Dressed Bear, Most Creative Bear and Bear Extraordinare.
Since 2010 the Bear Affair has generated over $75,000 in new toys and holiday gifts for Toys for Tots, Shelter from the Storm, Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley, Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children, Variety of the Desert and YMCA of the Desert.
Sponsors of the 2017 Bear Affair include:
Allied Universal, Asphalt MD’s, Big Sky Gate Keeper, Distinctive Floor Care & Restoration, EmpireWorks, Epsten, Grinnell & Howell, Fiore Racobs & Powers, Flood Response, GML, Green Bryant & French, LLP, Horizon Lighting, NPG, Inc., O’Connell Landscape, Pacific Premier Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Peters & Freedman, LLP, Powerful Pest Management, PrimeCo, Roof Asset Management, Signarama, Sunshine Landscape, Vantage Point Construction, Inc. and Vista Paint.
If you are interested in participating in the 2018 event please contact the Albert Management corporate office at 760.346.9000 or by email at . To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert visit bbbsdesert.org.