Tiffany, the bear, is a whopping 33 inches long. She is made from Schulte Kid mohair, the finest that money can buy. I ordered the glass eyes direct from the manufacturer in the UK as this size is not available in the US. I have added ultra suede eyelids and eyelashes made from human hair. She has reverse trapunto paws made from 100% wool felt and is fully lock nut jointed.
Please help me help Tiffany! 100% off the ticket price will go to the National Transplant Assistance Fund which is overseeing Tiffany's fund raising efforts. NTAF insures that all funds are used for medical expenses for transplant patients.
Wow, she's a fabulous big bear, and what a great cause. My cousin had a heart/lung transplant back in the late 80s when these things were relatively new, however we're very lucky to have free healthcare for all with the NHS, and the only thing the family had to pay for was petrol for the ambulance (it's a long story, and not at all normal practice!). I must get to buying my ticket for her and for Maria's raffle tomorrow...
Thank you all so much. I am really excited and can't wait until July 10th for the drawing because someone I know is going to win this bear! Not sure where I'm going to get a box big enough to ship it! I updated Tiffany and her family about the amazing response from the teddy bear community and they too, are overwhelmed.
Well, I ran into a bit of a snafu. It's against policy to sell raffle tickets through paypal. So far, all is good for any tickets already sold. I'm working on the needed documentation from NTAF to make sure everything is A-OK. If you want to buy tickets for the bear, you can still send me a check or make a direct donation to NTAF and forward the donation confirmation to me. I have to say, the paypal people have been really nice about this.
ALL 250 tickets for the raffle bear have been sold! Hooray! We raised $2500 towards Tiffany's lung transplant in just 3 days time! I'm just waiting on a few checks to make it in the mail and we might hold the raffle early!
Thank you, thank you to the many who bought tickets. I'll announce the winner by email and will also post here on TT!