Since the group’s inception the Burgh Bears have tried to remain conscious of our connection to the larger Pittsburgh community by selecting a local program or organization as the focus of that years fundraising activities.

The orgnization chosen for 2017 by the membership present at the vote is:

THRIVE’s mission is to nurture and empower educational communities where students, educators, and families create and sustain LGBTQ-inclusive environments in which everyone reaches their full potential
For more information about THRIVE click their logo to visit the website

Previous years fundraising activities by the Burgh Bears have benefited:
the PERSAD Center
the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
the Shepherd Wellness Center
And ,when they were still there, the bears at the Pittsburgh Zoo through the Adopt an Animal program