Coastal Women’s Forum, a local women’s business networking organization established 1988, purchased a “Bear Town Bear” Bear and will present it to New Bern on Friday, August 7 at 4 p.m. The colorful, patriotic bear will be located at City Hall, on the corner of Pollock and Craven Streets. Mayor Tom Bayliss and City Alderman will participate in the ceremony to accept the life size, fiberglass, public art bear.
Governor Beverly Perdue, a charter member of Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) member, will speak about the commitment CWF makes to the city. The 2009 CWF theme is Making a Difference, Leaving a Legacy. Thea Kincaid, incoming CWF president, and Leigh Wilkinson, charter member, were instrumental in getting the “Flagbearer” Bear donated to New Bern. CWF members contributed $2800 to cover the cost of the bear. “Our vision of placing a bear in New Bern was a long time dream that has become a reality. CWF women will leave this legacy for the women who came before us and the woman still to come”, said Kincaid.
The “Flagbearer” bear was designed and painted by a husband and wife team. Richard Farrow designed the bear and Bear Town Bear co-founder and artist, Vicki Vitale painted the bear.
Bear Town Bears is an all-volunteer non-profit organization which places fiberglass bears, decorated by local artists, at business and public locations throughout the New Bern, North Carolina area for public enjoyment. All the bears will ultimately be on display throughout 2010 for New Bern’s 300-year anniversary celebration. To date, there will be over 24 Bear Town Bears throughout the city.
Other local companies and organizations that have bought Bears are CarolinaEast Health System, ECIM - Eastern Carolina Internal Medical, East Carolina Bank, Dr. Bill Kincaid and Bridgeton Hotel and Marina. Bear Town Bears is a tax deductible contribution.