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February 12, 2010 18:26 ET

Ottawa Bear Hug: Raising Money for Cancer Research With Hopes for a World Record

A Partnership between the Sens Foundation and the Ottawa Catholic School Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 12, 2010) - The Sens Foundation and the Ottawa Catholic School Board are pleased to partner with the Bear Hug committee in an attempt to surpass a Guinness World Record for the largest Bear Hug and render Ottawa the Bear Hug Capital of the world. The event also acts as a fundraiser in support of cancer patient care and research at Roger's House, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

"We're proud to be a partnered with such a great event raising money for a cause everyone can get behind" said Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson. "Watching the students working together getting pledges and at the "hug" itself is amazing. It's that kind of team work that makes this event the success it's become."

On May 7, more than 16,000 high school students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board will once again seek a Guinness World Record with Bear Hug III. The event will take place around the Rideau Canal and will attempt to raise $500,000 for local charities.

"The commitment from the thousands of students and staff members participating in this event is outstanding. The Ottawa Catholic School Board is very proud of our schools' continuing involvement in this great event," said Julian Hanlon, deputy director of education at the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

"The Bear Hug is a statement by the students of the civic pride that they have for their city, and the empathy that they have for all who battle cancer in our community," stated Pat McNulty, Bear Hug president.

This year, Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno has been named the honourary Bear Hug Captain. "Having experienced the devastating effects of cancer personally, it was an easy decision for me to accept the captaincy in this great event," said Foligno. "I'm excited to be part of Bear Hug III and I hope to inspire students take up the cause and help make a difference."

The event originated at St. Matthew High School in 2004. That first year, the school raised $118,000 and invited a number of schools to St. Matthew to participate in the quest for the official Bear Hug Guinness World record title. The event was a success as the students held bragging rights for two years. In 2008, students from 10 schools raised an unprecedented $318,000 in Bear Hug II which set a Canadian national record.

Stittsville restaurant Napoli's Cafe is sponsoring this year's event. "Everyone at Napoli's are very proud to be the presenting sponsor of Bear Hug III. Said Bassell & Milad Khalil co-owners, Napoli's Cafe. "It's a way we can show our support to our friends and customers who's lives have been affected by cancer."

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