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2024 Teddy Bear Hugs U Golf Tourney – Registration Form


On Saturday, June 8, 2024, teddy bear hugs U will be hosting our 13th Annual Golf Tournament, Raffle, and Silent Auction Event at Oneka Ridge Golf Course in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. This event is open to the public and we hope you can participate. Also please feel free to pass this information on to your family, friends, and co-workers.

On behalf of teddy bear hugs U, please consider this a great opportunity for you to participate in and/or become a Sponsor of the Event for 2024. A sponsorship will provide advertising and publicity for you and/or your company plus this gives you the opportunity to reach out to meet new friends and potential new customers. Of equal importance is the demonstration of your support for the mission of teddy bear hugs U.

Our Mission Statement remains:
Enhancing the Patient experience at the University of Minnesota Mason’s Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, by providing a higher level of comfort to patients who at times feel so far away from home and are faced with the uncertainty of their health and well-being.

teddy bear hugs U is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation established June 2011 with the sole purpose of raising funds for the purchase of Teddy Bears that are then distributed to the Patients at the University of Minnesota Mason’s Children’s Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Medical Center. All proceeds from the Golf, Raffle, and Silent Auction go directly to our Fund. Since 2011, we have raised over $120,000.00 and distributed over (5,000) Teddy Bears. Please help us meet and exceed our 2024 goal of $20,000.00.

2023 Golf Participants

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2023 Golf Tournament. It was huge success. 

Teddy Bear Hugs U is Credit Card Friendly

Teddy Bear Hugs U is  Credit Card Friendly!

You can make donations and/or pay for the Golf Event online by clicking on the Donation Button. Either use your personal PayPal Account or use one of the Credit Cards pictured.  For a Donation, simply type in the amount and go from there.

Inspirational Letters from Teddy Bear patients and parents

Hey Tom,
I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for giving my daughter the teddy bear. Her smile lit up the room when I handed it to her. I enjoyed visiting with you, & if I can ever repay the favor, please let me know!

Michael Kenney
Nacogdoches, Texas

My 4-year old son had open heart surgery at the (then) University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital when he was 9 weeks old. In each of the past three months, he’s been having procedures at the U of MN Masonic Children’s Hospital in preparation for his next surgery in early 2017. We were surprised (and delighted) to see your organization handing out teddy bears in November. In fact, he was able to receive one. He got such a kick out of getting a teddy bear. He was having a rough day and the bear lifted his spirits! It’s been a valuable member of our family ever since.

Thank you to you and your organization for the joy you bring to the children who receive a teddy bear from you. I pray for continued success and blessings to you and your organization. Happy New Year!
Troy Finnigan
Dear Tom,
“I wanted to wish you and others at Teddy Bear Hugs U Organization Happy Holidays and the best throughout 2017.”
“I also wanted to thank you for your generosity of time and talents in making it possible for patients on both (University of Minnesota) MHealth Campuses to receive plush Teddy Bears this year! It truly does bring smiles to old and young alike.”
“Thank you so much for keeping both Adult and Pediatric Patients being cared for at our Hospitals in your thoughts.”

Ann Shelp
Patient & Families Support Services
M Health
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Teddy Bear Hugs U on KARE 11

Teddy Bear Hugs U will be featured on Coffee with Care (Channel 11) at 5:45 am and 6:15 am on Tuesday, July 16th.