Build-A-Bear Workshop Awarding $10,000 to10 Un-bear-lievable Kids
Nominations are now being accepted for the Eighth Annual Huggable Heroes program that recognizes and rewards remarkable young leaders for positive contributions to their communities and the world.
Now, more than ever, young people are stepping up to make a difference in their communities. Through its Huggable Heroes® program, Build-A-Bear Workshop recognizes and encourages young leaders, ages eight to 18, who provide extraordinary service in their communities and around the world. The eighth annual search for these special people is now on!
Anyone, ages eight and above, is eligible to nominate a candidate (and kids can nominate themselves) by visiting http://www.lovehugssmiles.com/HuggableHeroes.aspx or by picking up an entry form at any Build-A-Bear Workshop store across Canada.
Entries will be narrowed down to 75 semi-finalists in March and to 25 finalists by the end of April. Ultimately, 10 new Huggable Heroes (eight from the United States and Puerto Rico and two from Canada) will be selected and join the ranks of more than 100 other amazing youths from the previous seven years. Each new Huggable Hero will receive a $7,500 scholarship toward his or her college education and $2,500 donation from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation to a charity of his or her choice. In addition, the Huggable Heroes will win a trip for themselves and a guardian to St. Louis, the World Bearquarters of Build-A-Bear Workshop.
“Our Huggable Heroes program was born of the desire to encourage and reward young people to give back to their communities,” said Build-A-Bear Workshop Founder and Chief Executive Bear Maxine Clark. “While the monetary prize provides an incentive, it also represents an investment in both the causes these kids support and their education so they can continue to cultivate their leadership skills and achieve even bigger goals.”
Throughout the years, Build-A-Bear Workshop has heard thousands of amazing stories of young people who do things both big and small to help improve other peoples’ lives. Some of last year’s Huggable Heroes included inspiring young leaders like:
Matthew Armstrong, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Matthew has raised more than $300,000 to help kids in need. His organization, Matthew’s Challenge, has raised money through letter-writing campaigns, selling handmade magnetic bookmarks, hosting galas, walk-a-thons and fundraisers.
Alaina Podmorow, Lake Country, BC
Alaina founded Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan, an organization that raises funds to educate girls in Afghanistan. She has helped raise more than $137,000 through silent auctions, bottle drives and other events. Alaina also speaks to schools and groups to raise awareness about Afghan issues.
About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. The company currently operates more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world Web site at buildabearville.com. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company’s award-winning Web site at buildabear.com.