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Hershey Bears Record-Breaking Teddy Bear Toss on ESPN E60


Feature piece set to air this Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2

(Hershey, PA-Jan. 24, 2020)-The Hershey Bears are proud to announce the club's world-record Hershey Bears Teddy Bear Toss will be featured on ESPN's newsmagazine program, E:60, this Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

The club's annual Teddy Bear Toss, sponsored by CommunityAid and abc27, was held Dec. 1, and the Bears and their fans smashed their own world record, collecting 45,650 stuffed animals for local charities. ESPN's E:60 crew was on-site in Hershey for two days in December, capturing the event itself, the counting process, and the distribution of teddy bears to children at Milton Hershey School.

"We're thrilled to have worked with ESPN and E:60 in spotlighting our world-record Teddy Bear Toss," said Vice President of Hockey Operations Bryan Helmer. "This event has become a sensation around the world, and the generosity of our fan base and the entire Central Pennsylvania community is showcased in this piece."

The piece is narrated by legendary ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose, who is a former NHL and AHL defender and coach. Featured in the story are interviews with Hershey Bears forward Beck Malenstyn, broadcaster Zack Fisch, Brock Kerchner of The Old Barn Hockey Show, and Kyle Mace of ChocolateHockey.com. The piece profiles Gabby Kerchner, a 10-year-old from Mechanicsburg who collected 10,136 stuffed animals for the Teddy Bear Toss as part of her organization, Gabby's Acts of Kindness.ESPN's Scott Cikowski produced the piece.

A trailer is available via the Hershey Bears Facebook and Twitter pages. The annual Teddy Bear Toss is part of the club's Hershey Bears Cares community initiative. All 45,650 teddy bears collected were donated to over 40 local organizations, including schools, food banks, churches, lions clubs, as well as Milton Hershey School, Children's Miracle Network, and the American Cancer Society. 


About the Hershey Bears: The Hershey Bears have been proud members of the American Hockey League since the 1938-39, making them the longest continuously operating member club of the league still playing in its original city. The Bears have won the Calder Cup 11 times, the most of an AHL franchise. The Bears are the AHL affiliate of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, and are affiliated with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. Visit www.HersheyBears.com and follow Hershey Bears on our social media channels for ongoing team and schedule updates. 

About Hershey Entertainment & Resorts: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) is a world-class entertainment and hospitality company dedicated to preserving the legacy of Milton S. Hershey. Founded in 1927 by Milton S. Hershey, HE&R and its subsidiaries own and/or operate the Hersheypark Entertainment Complex, Hersheypark Arena & Stadium, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, Hershey Bears hockey team, Giant CenterThe Hotel HersheyHershey LodgeHersheypark Camping ResortThe Spa At The Hotel HersheyHershey Country Club and Hershey Golf Collection, Hershey Nursery, and Hershey Laundry & Dry Cleaning. For additional information about HE&R, visit www.HersheyPA.com.

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