Register today for the inaugural Bear2Bear Benefit & Bash on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Join alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Ursinus College on Thursday, April 11 at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve in Phoenixville, Pa., for an evening of outstanding food and drink, a silent auction and celebration of our 2019 honorees Joan and Will ’61 Abele. All proceeds from this event will support the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund, which provides grants to students facing financial burdens brought on by an unexpected crisis or emergencies. Learn more about this year’s honorees and the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund below.

If you have questions about this event or are interested in joining our event committee, please contact Jason Bodman, Associate Director of Annual Giving at or by phone at 610-409-3751.

What is the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund?

The Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund provides special grants of up to $5,000 to students who are facing temporary financial hardship as a result of an emergency or crisis situation.

The Fund was generously initiated by our 2019 honoree, Will Abele ’61, a valued alumnus and member of the Ursinus Board of Trustees, in the 2017-2018 academic year and the first grants were awarded in the Spring 2018 semester. The fund is supported through generous donations from members of the Ursinus community including all proceeds raised through the Bear2Bear Benefit & Bash event.

If you are interested in learning more or making a donation to the Fund, please visit the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund website.

Our 2019 Honorees: Joan Abele and Will Abele ’61

This year, we are excited to honor Joan Abele and Will Abele ’61 during the Bear2Bear Benefit & Bash for their significant contributions to the Ursinus College community and in communities throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

An Ursinus College graduate and a proud member of the Class of 1961, Will Abele and his wife Joan have been loyal supporters and leaders at the college while making student success a top priority. Will serves on the Ursinus College Board of Trustees and together he and Joan lead the Abele Family Foundation. Most recently, they have helped to launch and fund important initiatives across campus like the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund and Abele Foundation Scholars Program.