11th Annual Bear to Make a Difference Gala and Celebrity Teddy Bear Auction

Please join the Matthew Shepard Foundation for the
Bear to Make a Difference Gala & Celebrity Teddy Bear Auction
Saturday, October 13th, 2012
Seawell Grand Ballroom, 
Denver, Colorado

In February of 2002, a group of passionate individuals put together an idea for a silent auction of teddy bears and would benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Many local Denver notables designed and dressed teddy bears and held a silent auction that raised just over five thousand dollars for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. In the years since, the event has become the largest annual fundraiser for the organization, with attendees from around the world. Te event has grown to include many special autographed bears and other items from celebrities, including Elton John, Drew Barrymore, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand, Jon Stewart, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, Melissa Etheridge, Bette Midler, and Lady Gaga. We hope you plan to join us for this very special evening as we honor those in our community making a difference and continue to celebrate the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, now in its 13th year.

Purchase your Tickets today and receive our
early bird discount before September 7th.


5:00PM on the Galleria of the Denver Center of Performing Arts Complex


7:00PM in the Seawell Grand Ballroom


2012 Making a Difference Award Recipient
Alan Cumming
Scottish stage, television and film actor, singer, writer, director, producer
and author and LGBTQ activist


Do you know of an outstanding youth in doing great work in our community?
Nominate them for the 2012 Spirit of Matthew Award

Learn More About the Spirit Of Matthew Award


Judy Shepard
Director, Board President
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Mike Nelson
ABC Channel 7 News
Chief Meteorologist


A special thank you to our generous sponsors

Miller Coors Love & Pride Light Source Creative
Human Rights Campaign State Farm Insurance Orbitz
Out Front Colorado Best Buy Julius & Simpson
HW Home Pop Chips Barefoot Wine
Epicurean Catering Seawell Ballroom Center Plate
Purple Crayons


Tickets are now available through our Matthew Shepard Foundation Online Store 
Tickets are $175 each before September 7th and $200 after September 7th.

Those interested in being a Table Captain and hosting your own table of 10,
should contact Development Director, Greg Greenhalge at greg.greenhalge@matthewshepard.org


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The Foundation staff and celebrities, musicians, and activist alike, are working hard to bring you some of the best one-of-a-kind Teddy Bears to this years Gala.
Check back often to see which bears will be featured at this years event.

Special thanks to the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 4
for designing some fabulous bears for the Foundation – check it on LogoTV here!



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