FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Fifth Annual Holiday Bear Hug Reception to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17th at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center.

Donations of new teddy bears are needed; you can drop off a bear at the hotel anytime. Visit Build-A-Bear Workshop at Coconut Point Mall where you will receive a 10% discount on your “Holiday Bear Hug” creations.

Bring your Bear to Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center to display your family or company’s "Holiday Bear Hug."

Join in on the “Holiday Bear Hug” celebration on Tuesday, December 17th, 5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m., where celebrity judges will present awards for the most original and most huggable bears.

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Lee Memorial Foundation.

All Bears will be donated to the young patients at the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

For more information and to participate, call Kim Regets at (239) 322-1360, or e-mail