Keep Tradition Alive By Tossing A Teddy Bear For A Good Cause

For the past 15 years, the New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss has been a family-favorite holiday event with the Utica College Pioneers. The hockey game and toy drive usually will raise over 4,000 stuffed animals for local children. This year things look a little different with the status of college hockey up in the air.


One thing that has not changed is the need for toys. Because of this, New York Sash is bringing the Teddy Bear Toss into the community with a mobile donation rink.


Teddy Bear Toss On The Road will be set up at a handful of local businesses over the next few weeks, starting on Black Friday.


  • November 27th, 9am-1pm at Sangertown Square (outside PiNZ)
  • November 28th, 9am-1pm at Oneida County Public Market (inside train station)
  • November 29th-December 3rd at New York Sash
  • December 4th, 8am-6pm at Babe’s at Harbor Point


New York Sash will be on site for supporters and fans to toss their bears into the net. Only new toys will be accepted.


The toy drive supports Toys for Tots and Operation Sunshine in partnership with Utica College Pioneers, Keeler in the Morning on WIBX and the Observer Dispatch with help from Valley Signs and Made In Utica.


Thousands of children in the Mohawk Valley will be looking for a teddy bear under their tree this year. Anyone wishing to support the cause, stop out to the 2020 New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss, on the road!

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