Thank you to everyone who helped to make the inaugural Bear2Bear Benefit & Bash a success!

Together, through event sponsorships, guest registration, donations and auction proceeds we raised approximately $200,000 to support the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund.

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More than 250 guests—including alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and other community members—were in attendance as together we celebrated the many contributions of Joan and Will ’61 Abele, who received the Bear2Bear Impact Award for Leadership and Service. There were more than 130 silent and live auction packages available for bidding and by the end of the evening we raised approximately $200,000 from the auction, sponsorships and event donations which supported the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund. We are thankful to everyone who supported this event!

Learn more about our inaugural honorees and the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund below. If you have questions about this event or fund, please contact Jamie Karinch, Associate Director of Annual Giving at or by phone at 610-409-3144.

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.

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Our 2019 Honorees: Joan Abele and Will Abele ’61

Last year, we recognized 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.