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01-16-2015

Clarkson University to Host Teddy Bear Toss for Local Hospitals on Feb. 7

Clarkson University's Physician Assistant Program is hosting its second annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, Feb. 7, to benefit child patients at local hospitals.

The Clarkson University Physician Assistant Program hosts its second annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, Feb. 7. Students delivered more than 500 stuffed animals to children in local hospitals last year.Those who bring a new stuffed animal to the Men's Hockey game against RPI will receive a free general admission ticket to the game. If the stuffed animal is wrapped in plastic, participants also will receive a ticket to an upcoming game of the defending National Championship Women's Hockey team. Clarkson PA students will be on hand to wrap the stuffed animals as well.

The Teddy Bear Toss will occur either after the first Clarkson goal or at the end of the first period, whichever occurs first. Participants will then be invited to toss their stuffed animals onto the ice at that time.

Clarkson PA students delivered more than 500 stuffed animals to children last year. All donations will go to local hospitals, including Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, Massena Memorial Hospital, Gouverneur Hospital, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Adirondack Medical Center, Carthage Area Hospital and the Guthrie Clinic at Fort Drum.

"One of the missions of the Clarkson PA program is providing service to the community," said Michael Whitehead, Clarkson Physician Assistant Studies Chair & Clinical Associate Professor. "The Teddy Bear Toss allows us to combine the excitement of Clarkson hockey with providing a wonderful gift to a child that may having a difficult time due to health problems or just needs a boost while visiting a local hospital or clinic. Our inaugural Teddy Bear Toss last year was successful beyond our greatest expectations. We hope the community and the Clarkson hockey fans will come through for the kids again this year."

For more information, contact Whitehead at 315-268-7955.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Clarkson University Physician Assistant Program hosts its second annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, Feb. 7. Students delivered more than 500 stuffed animals to children in local hospitals last year.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/teddy-bear-toss.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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