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Hershey Bears Give Back: January 2019

The Hershey Bears are committed to giving back to the community as a part of our Hershey Bears Cares initiative. In the month of January, Bears players made community appearances at Dave & Busters in Harrisburg, Camping World, as well as Highland Elementary School and the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

On January 6, the Bears held their annual STAR WARS Night, which included game-worn specialty jerseys. The specialty jerseys were auctioned post game to benefit Liberty USO at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. and the American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Military Support for Families.

January 9 featured the first of two Dave & Busters appearances in Harrisburg. Bears players Liam O’Brien, Maximilian Kammerer, Steven Whitney, Shane Gersich and Mason Mitchell played games with kids from 6-8 p.m. The next Dave & Busters appearance is scheduled for January 31.

On January 15, Bears rookie forward Juuso Ikonen and defenseman Steve Johnson visited Camping World in Harrisburg to interact and sign autographs with fans.


Thanks to all who came out to @campingworld in Harrisburg today to see Steve Johnson and Juuso Ikonen! #HBH

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Bears players visited the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey on January 17, and made an appearance at Highland Elementary School on January 22. Hershey rookie forwards Beck Malenstyn and Garrett Pilon visited the elementary school.


Another great hospital visit at @pennstatehershey is in the books! #HersheyBearsCares #HBH

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January 23 marked the final day on the job for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Utility Lead, David W. Marco. David retired after 42 years working in Hersheypark, Hersheypark Arena and Giant Center. At the conclusion of Bears practice, Marco was presented with a customized Hershey Bears jersey with his call number 49 on the back. The Hershey Bears are proud to recognize Marco and thanks him for his outstanding service to HE&R and the Bears.

Lastly, Bears players Lucas Johansen, Colby Williams and Jordan Samuels-Thomas visited and practiced with members of the Milton Hershey High School hockey team on January 24.

Stay tuned for more Hershey Bears Cares iniatives in the coming months!