Tag archives: TBCF

TBCF: Celebrating 21 Exceptional Years 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 5, 2023

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) proudly marks its 21st year of standing with families battling cancer in the tri-counties in significant ways. What began as a humble grassroots effort has blossomed into an organization now synonymous with hope and critical financial aid for families enduring the trauma of pediatric cancer. Despite its modest office on […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Expands Reach
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 19, 2023

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF), a local nonprofit organization providing support for families battling childhood cancer along the Central Coast, has announced a major milestone as it enters its 21st year of operation: TBCF is now able to extend its age eligibility to 21 years.  For the past two decades, TBCF has been a place […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Celebrates 20 Years
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 20, 2022

Twenty years ago, in 2002, Nikki Katz (née Simon) recognized that families enduring a pediatric cancer battle needed so much more than thoughts and prayers; they need tangible, meaningful, year-round support. Thus a small idea sparked into a big dream, and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) was born.  When Katz was a young professional […]

Teddy Bear Picnic
By Lynda Millner   |   May 31, 2022

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) supports the whole family from initial cancer diagnosis, through treatment, and into recovery. “We are a community of dedicated staff, volunteers, and donors who all believe in the same principle: that no family should ever be alone in the fight against cancer. With generous community support, we helped 909 individuals […]

Teddy Bear Picnic at Montecito Club 
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 26, 2022

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Picnic at the Montecito Club, scheduled for Sunday, May 15. Along with all the other nonprofit organizations in the tri-counties, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) learned how to be flexible in their event planning and fundraising over the past two years. By re-imagining their signature events […]

‘Provide Some Cheer’: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Puts Emphasis on Holidays
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 4, 2021

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) was founded by Nikki Katz back in 2002 after hearing of the financial and emotional challenges faced by the family of a three-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with bone cancer and a brain tumor and felt alone in dealing with both the diagnosis and the fallout. “I wanted to […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Is Dreaming Big
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   September 21, 2021

Each September, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) invites the community to join it in recognizing National Childhood Cancer Awareness month through its much-cherished Gold Ribbon Luncheon. After multiple cancellations last year, TBCF has announced a smaller luncheon event, to take place under a tent at the Hilton Santa Barbara’s Plaza Del Sol on Wednesday, October […]

TBCF Plans In-Person Picnic
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 27, 2021

With fingers crossed that California will “reopen” on June 15, the team at Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) is planning their first in-person event in over a year. Like all local nonprofits in 2020, TBCF cancelled numerous fundraising events, held a virtual event, and pivoted at every turn, all while providing more support than ever […]

The Paella Picnic
By Lynda Millner   |   August 20, 2020

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s what the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation did. Because of COVID-19 their spring event was cancelled and also their fall fundraising event, the Gold Ribbon Luncheon. They have been operating since 2002 and hope their latest venture will add to the coffers. And it did. The […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Cancels Luncheon
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 4, 2020

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in our community that provides financial, educational, and emotional support to local families who have a child with cancer. The organization also has a reputation for its signature events, as a way to raise much-needed funding. Their flagship event, the Gold Ribbon Luncheon held at Four […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Pivots
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   May 21, 2020

In a time when many nonprofit organizations are struggling to raise their usual funds, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, which assists and supports families dealing with childhood cancer along the Central Coast, has pivoted to raise much needed funds for their families. TBCF has announced a new song, “Stronger Than You Know,” is available for purchase […]

TCBF’s California Clam Bake
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 12, 2020

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s (TBCF) California Clam Bake will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 6 pm at the Montecito Club. The event will feature local KEYT news anchors Beth Farnsworth and CJ Ward, who will share Masters of Ceremony duties throughout the evening. “It’s going to be a beautiful event that will raise awareness and […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
By Lynda Millner   |   March 5, 2020

It was amazing how many people got up so early to come to breakfast with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) at 7:30 am at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. It was the 6th annual Little Heroes breakfast to raise funds for their programs helping families who have a child struck with cancer. After […]

Gold Ribbon Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   October 10, 2019

The paddles never stopped going up during “the ask” for dollars for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF). In all the 25 years I’ve covered non-profit events, it was amazing. All the proceeds go to help children with cancer and their families in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. TBCF was founded in […]

Together We Can
By Richard Mineards   |   October 3, 2019

What a difference a year makes! Last year’s guests at the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s annual Gold Ribbon lunch were sheltering from the pouring rain under a large tent erected on the main lawn at the Biltmore. This year the 378 supporters of the 7th annual event, who raised around $250,000 for the nonprofit, were […]

A Survivor Gives Back: New Wine Benefits Cancer Patients
By Gabe Saglie   |   October 3, 2019

Brittany Rice doesn’t wallow in her struggles. She beat cancer once when she was three – acute lymphatic leukemia, which was eradicated after seven years of experimental trials. And she beat it twice when she was 39 – ovarian cancer, from which she’s free and clear today. The youngest of three who grew up in […]

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
By Lynda Millner   |   March 14, 2019

It’s amazing how many people will get up very early to come to the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort for a 7:30 am breakfast in support of the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s (TBCF) Little Heroes breakfast. And thank goodness they do because of all the good they do for young cancer patients. We learned that […]

Teddy Bear Gold Ribbon Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   October 25, 2018

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) gave its Gold Ribbon Luncheon on the Monte Vista Lawn at the Biltmore Four Seasons Resort in spite of the rain. It was a tad muddy, but with a tent roof hung with beautiful turquoise and gold balloons over our heads, we were all dry and cozy. The luncheon was […]

In-Tents Situation
By Richard Mineards   |   October 11, 2018

A large tent had been erected to protect the 420 guests at the sold-out 16th Gold Ribbon lunch for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation at the Biltmore from the blazing sun, but it served an entirely different purpose when the heavens opened, deluging the tony beachside hostelry in a rare rainstorm. Silent auction items had […]

Heroes of Hospice
By Lynda Millner   |   September 20, 2018

Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) hosted its sixth annual Heroes of Hospice Luncheon at the Coral Casino. It was a perfect venue for the theme “Jewels by the Sea.” A welcome reception was held on the terrace with waves crashing below. One of the reasons we all live in paradise! This luncheon was to honor […]