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February 11, 2010 12:50 ET

Media Advisory/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. 11, 2010) - The Sens Foundation and the Ottawa Catholic School Board invite members of the media to a press briefing where Patrick McNulty, president of the Bear Hug Committee; Julian Hanlon, deputy director of education, Ottawa Catholic School Board; Sens Foundation president Danielle Robinson, and Max Keeping, CTV Ottawa vice-president news and public affairs, will be on hand to announce the details of Bear Hug III.

On May 7, 16,000 students and teachers from 15 local schools representing the Ottawa Catholic School Board will attempt to surpass a Guinness World Record for the largest Bear Hug and make Ottawa the Bear Hug Capital of the world. The event also acts as a fundraiser to benefit the Sens Foundation in support of cancer patient care and research at Roger's House, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

This event originated at St. Matthew High School in 2004, raising $118,000 and establishing a new record. Most recently, students regained the Bear Hug title and held bragging rights for one year following a succesful 2008 campaign. Bear Hug II raised $318,000 for cancer patient care and research for children, youth, and adults.

Where: Immaculata High School, 140 Main St., Ottawa.

When: Friday, Feb. 12, 9:45 a.m.

Who: Patrick McNulty, president, Bear Hug Committee; Julian Hanlon, deputy director of education, Ottawa Catholic School Board; Danielle Robinson, president, Sens Foundation; Max Keeping, vice-president news and public affairs, CTV Ottawa; presenting sponsor Bassell Khalil, co-owner, Napoli's Café, charitable partners and student representatives

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