26th annual Bear Fair puts the emphasis on family

The Trinity College School campus was a dynamic hive of activity as the TCS Parents’ Guild hosted its 26th annual Bear Fair on Saturday, October 5th. The emphasis was on family, as community members young and old gathered for a day of fun and fundraising!

Guild volunteers worked for weeks to organize an incredible array of events, from giant games of Connect 4 and Kerplunk, to food stations representing our international community at TCS, including perogies, curry and fried rice. Young children were especially excited for the pony rides and the chance to meet Razberry the Clown, who provided face painting and marvelous balloon creatures. And the older kids hopped on to a VW van converted into a photo booth to have their pictures taken.

This year’s silent auction was again spectacular, featuring luxury sunglasses, Toronto Maple Leafs tickets and special items like the chance to be the “Head of Junior School for a Day.” Bids flew fast and furious up to the final minute.

There was even a chance to have your car washed by students taking part in the December 2019 service trip to Ecuador, with funds from this specific event supporting their school build project.

Visitors to campus enjoyed the book sale, bake sale and student artwork sale set up in Cirne Commons, and headed outside in the beautiful fall weather for a barbecue lunch prepared by the culinary services team. As they snacked on hamburgers and hot dogs, there was a chance to watch many TCS teams in action, from football to field hockey. A great crowd of alumni returned to campus to take part in the day and to cheer on the Old Boys as they faced Bigside in the annual alumni soccer game.

It was a wonderful day of community-building, and represents the guild’s largest fundraising event of the year in support of programs that directly impact students. We cannot thank the volunteers of the TCS Parents’ Guild enough for their efforts to create this special event, including this year’s Bear Fair Chair, Jeanette Lane P’18 ’20 ’22.