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Plaza's Teddy Bear Adoption Campaign A Success

January 17, 2004
Saturday - 12:30 am

Pictured from left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Davies from Salvation Army, Heather Phelps and Dawn Jahnke from Credit Union One, Jackie Freeman President of P.A.T.H., Kate Vikstrom from Ketchikan General Hospital, and Trooper Mark Eldridge with Alaska State Troopers. - Photo courtesy The Plaza Mall

On hand from W.I.S.H.,
Jessica Stone and Gwen Elliot
Photo courtesy The Plaza

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 owners.


Source of News and Photographs:

The Plaza Mall - Ketchikan, AK


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