Teddy Bear Project
In 2003, the RCBR encountered one of the most unique opportunities for a combination Community Service and Charitable Fundraising Project in Club history.
Club Member Rick Taylor, General Contractor, was engaged by a client to complete a large tenant office remodel. When he arrived to survey the project, the exiting occupant, a wholesale toy distributor, had a room stacked high with boxes of unsold inventory. There was a sales fad at that time to purchased TY Company small stuffed animals, called “Beanie Babies”.
The inventory boxes were filled with plush, medium-sized TY teddy bears.
Rick asked the tenant occupant and owner, “what do you want me to do with these bears?” The toy seller replied, “just get rid of them and use them for kids”.
Club Member, Taylor, called another member, a Construction Engineer/Contractor, Rick Zimmer, and on an impulse move, asked, “I just got “some” toys, can you store a few stuffed bears in your office warehouse, and get a truck to help me move them?”