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We did it! Together, we raised a record-breaking total of nearly $250,000 for the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund.

A heartfelt thank you to our Ursinus community for supporting the 4th Annual Bear2Bear Benefit & Bash. Each donation, sponsorship, and auction bid strengthened our ability to invest in the continued success of our Bears in need. Thanks to your partnership, the Fund has distributed over $400,000 in emergency resources to approximately 200 students since its 2017 inception.

Michael T. Piotrowicz '78, P'05

2022 Bear2Bear Honoree

Michael Piotrowicz ’78, P’05

Michael T. Piotrowicz lives each day committed to accomplishing a positive result in the three most important areas of his life—his family, his business, and his community.

Upon graduating from Ursinus College with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1978, Piotrowicz entered the financial services industry with a primary focus of working with the owners of privately held family businesses. Today, that focus remains the same. He founded Legacy Advisors, LLC, which has become a premier planning advisory firm serving highly successful business owners and executives. With 45 full-time professionals, Legacy serves clients who have significant assets, love their family, and are interested in supporting their community.

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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 has also been expanded to include completion grants for students who are near graduation but whose financial circumstances may jeopardize their ability to finish their Ursinus academic careers.

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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Recipient Stories and Testimonials

“Thank you so much to the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund and its donors for helping me attend Ursinus this fall semester. With the COVID-19 pandemic, my family struggled financially and college for me this semester was just not an option. My dad was diagnosed with COVID and was no longer able to support our family and handle the costs of my college tuition. In that moment, I realized that college was a luxury that I just could not afford this year and I reluctantly made peace with my situation. When I received an email about my grant from the Bear2Bear Fund, I could not believe my eyes. Not only did I receive help with textbooks but also a laptop to help me with my classes as a remote learner. Thank you. I am truly grateful!”

Anaya Demota ’23

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Questions about the Bear2Bear Benefit & Bash?

Contact us at collegeevents@ursinus.edu