The Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation Young Professional’s Board will host its annual kick off for the New Year fundraiser, Purple Affair for the Bear, Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive from 8 p.m. to midnight. All proceeds will support innovative research to eliminate pediatric cancer and provide hope and support to those affected by it.

Purple Affair for the Bearis co-chaired by Andrew Touhy and Conner Madey. General Admission tickets are $100 per person and include an open bar and small bites from popular Chicago restaurants. VIP tickets will be available for $175, which includes all the offerings of the general admission ticket, plus access to a private room with an open bar, four exclusive small bite options, and a private bathroom and coat check. Guests will enjoy a night full of live music by Sorry for Partying, dancing and auction items to benefit the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation through research grants for Bear Discoveries and memorable experiences gifted through Bear Hugs.


Tickets are available online at


About Bear Necessities

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation was founded in 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, after losing her son “Bear” to pediatric cancer. Twenty-seven years later, the organization is dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer and to providing hope and support to those who are touched by it. For more information, visit


About the Bear Hugs Program

The Bear Necessities Bear Hugs Program supports cancer patients (ages 0 –19) and their immediate families that face the many challenges that accompany the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer. Bear Necessities outreach serves both in-state and out-of-state children who are being treated at one of 16 Illinois-area hospitals with pediatric oncology departments. A Bear Hug is a customized experience that brightens the life of a child going through cancer.  The Bear Hugs Program also provides immediate family support for financial burden and essential needs.

About the Bear Discoveries Program

Each year, Bear Necessities awards medical research grants nationwide to junior investigative researchers who make meaningful advancements and discoveries towards finding a cure and therapies for various types of pediatric cancer. 


  • Occurs Saturday, January 18th, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm


Lyric Opera House

20 N. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606
Chicago, IL 60606


Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation