Do you know a huggable hero?

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Published on February 09, 2011 with No Comments

Do you know young leaders in your school between the ages of eight and 18 making a difference in the community or the world? Well, there is a unique scholarship opportunity that is rewards those good deeds.
Now through Feb. 28, Build-A-Bear Workshop is accepting entries for its eighth annual Huggable Heroes program, which recognizes young people who go to extraordinary lengths to make life better for others.
Ten Huggable Heroes from the United States and Canada will be selected and each will be awarded with a $7,500 educational scholarship and a $2,500 donation to the not-for-profit or Canadian charity of their choice. Winners also will receive a Flip video camera and a trip to St. Louis in July with one guest to celebrate their accomplishments and meet fellow Huggable Heroes.
From helping children in underdeveloped countries to supporting cancer and diabetes research, organizing toy drives and sending care packages to our military troops, young people are volunteering and making significant contributions.
Last year, Alison Mansfield of Fort Wayne was one of the 10 Huggable Heroes selected. She gathered and shipped more than 44,000 items to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mansfield collected socks, toiletries, snacks and toys for the soldiers to give to the Afghan children as gestures of goodwill. She also collaborated with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and local artists to illustrate a coloring book for the Afghan children.
Anyone ages eight and above ñ parents, grandparents, relatives, siblings, teachers, community leaders, friends and young people themselves ñ may nominate a candidate. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2011.
Entry forms are available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and online. They can be printed out and mailed to Huggable Heroes Contest Entry, P.O. Box 601, Garden City, NY 11530-0601, or submitted by visiting
For more information, call 877-789-2327, or visit
Dominic Fumo, a senior at Marquette High School, plans to apply for the Huggable Heroes scholarship. He has been down to Haiti twice with his parents on medical mission trips and last October, he painted the orphanage. He also sent home a daily journal, which was ultimately published by the school. After his first trip in April, which was his spring break, he prepared a power point presentation for the school and then created a picture slide show to music. He received the Presidential Gold Service Award last year and will again this year. He is going to Alabama in during this yearís spring break with 25 other Marquette students to work with Habitat for Humanity. He plays soccer, golf and basketball and was a captain for the soccer team and is a captain for the basketball team. Fumo is thinking about pursuing a degree in architecture or business and has been accepted to numerous colleges already.

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