THANK YOU KETCHIKAN!
January 17, 2004
On January 15th, The Plaza staff said their final goodbyes to the last of the Teddy Bears that staff said "were donated by so many wonderful people in our community."
According to information provided by Plaza Marketing Assistant Blaine Ashcraft, the Plaza's Teddy Bear adoption campaign was started back in May with no idea of the response that it would receive. Blaine noted that "as the word got out, more and more of the little furry fellows came in, and in they came!" By the time the holiday season had arrived Plaza Manager Penny Eubanks and Ashcraft knew that their holiday visualization would become a realization.
Before adoption, the Teddy Bears had starring roles in the Plaza's holiday decor, which dressed out the Plaza through the holiday season keeping with The Plaza's Holiday Theme "A Beary Merry Christmas".
On Christmas Eve many of the
Teddy Bears found themselves adopted and going to new homes through
an invite only Teddy Bear Party with cookies and hot chocolate
for children. After enjoying a treat, the children chose a Teddy
Bear of their very own from the mall's center court tree or from
any of the other Bear laden décor. The remaining Bears
have now been passed on to local charities in the next leg of
their adoption journey on the way to finding good homes and new
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