TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Hudson's Bay Company Foundation is
pleased to introduce Philip, the 9th annual heritage charity bear in
support of the Foundation's 2014 charitable partners. Donning an HBC
Signature striped toque, Philip is a polar-white teddy that pays homage
to one of the many adventurers that contributed to the history of
Canada and legacy of HBC.
The limited edition Philip is named after Philip Turnor, HBC's first
inland surveyor. Turnor surveyed and mapped much of Rupert's Land from
1778 - 1792, amassing a tremendous amount of information about the
interior of North America for HBC. In the winter of 1789-90, Turnor
taught the art of surveying to David Thompson, who later became North
America's most important map-maker.
100% of net proceeds from the sale of Philip go to the HBC Foundation,
which is dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians through programs
that reflect our distinct Canadian values.
"Each year, the HBC Foundation launches a charity bear that reflects our
company's rich history and also raises funds for some very worthy
causes," says Stephanie Thornbury, DVP, Community Investment, Hudson's
Bay Company. "Our charity bear program is a wonderful way for our
customers to celebrate Canada's rich heritage while helping others."
With only 10,000 in production, Philip is a true collectable with a
cause. To date, the Foundation's heritage charity program has raised
over $1 million.
About the HBC Foundation
The HBC Foundation is one of Canada's leading charitable organizations
dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians through programs that
reflect our distinct Canadian values. Since 2005, the HBC Foundation
has donated more than $69 million in cash and in-kind donations to
charitable organizations, including our official charitable partners:
Canadian Olympic Foundation, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Look Good
Feel Better, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Habitat for
Humanity and the Canadian Red Cross.
HBC's Olympic Mittens have become a Canadian winter wardrobe staple,
with more than 5 million pairs sold since their launch in 2010. One
third from the sale of each pair of Red Mittens goes to support our
athletes through the Canadian Olympic Foundation for athlete
development programs, coaching and equipment. To date, the red mitten
campaign has raised more than $22 million for Canadian athletes.
About Hudson's Bay Company
Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), founded in 1670, is North America's longest
continually operated company. In Canada, HBC operates Hudson's Bay,
Canada's largest department store with 90 locations, unsurpassed in its
fashion, beauty, home and accessory designers and brands, as well as thebay.com. HBC also operates Home Outfitters, Canada's largest home specialty
superstore with 69 locations across the country. In the United States,
HBC operates Lord & Taylor, a department store with 48 full-line store
locations throughout the northeastern United States and in two major
cities in the Midwest, and lordandtaylor.com. With approximately 29,000 Associates in Canada and the U.S., HBC
banners provide stylish, quality merchandise at great value, with a
dedicated focus on service excellence. Hudson's Bay Company trades on
the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "HBC".
Image with caption: "Introducing Philip, Hudson's Bay Company Foundation's 9th annual heritage charity bear. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of Philip go to the HBC Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians through programs that reflect our distinct Canadian values. (CNW Group/Hudson's Bay Company)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131024_C6628_PHOTO_EN_32475.jpg
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