Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday in Iron Mountain

SOME OF THE “PLAYERS” in the Bring-A-Bear Teddy Bear Toss event, set for Saturday’s Kingsford High School hockey game, include, from left, Carol Quandt of 41 Lumber; Matthew Lutz, Cole Grenier, Mikki Hall and Tanya DalSanto of First National Bank & Trust with Trusty, the First National Bear; KHS senior hockey players Trevor Anderson, David Brule III, Eamonn Weed and Eli Langston; Trisha Peterson of Results Broadcasting; and Steve Juul of Town & Country Sales.

IRON MOUNTAIN — First National Bank & Trust’s Project Teddy Bear program is pleased to announce the second annual Bring-a-Bear Teddy Bear Toss, with the goal of collecting new stuffed animals to donate to local area emergency responders and crisis centers.

The Teddy Bear Toss will be Saturday as the Kingsford High School hockey team faces Ashland, Wis., at Mountain View Ice Arena in Iron Mountain.

Game starts at noon. Those who bring a new stuffed animal to toss out onto the ice when announced will pay only $1 for admission.

“Listening to stories from our local emergency responders about the truly positive effects of handing a child a stuffed animal during an emergency reiterates why First National Bank & Trust created Project Teddy Bear,” said Matthew Lutz, chief financial officer.

This year, thanks to event co-sponsors Town & Country Sales, 41 Lumber and Results Broadcasting, the festivities will include a commemorative limited-edition rally “Teddy Towel” fans can use to cheer on the Flivvers all season.

In addition, the usual Chuck-a-Puck will be replaced for the afternoon with Air-the-Bear, where participants can purchase a chance to hit center ice by throwing a numbered bear. The 10 closest bears will each win a four-pack of Green Bay Gamblers hockey tickets, donated by co-sponsor Radio Now 100.7 FM.

Trusty, the First National Bear, also will be skating around throughout the event.

“The KHS hockey program is excited and honored to partner with First National Bank & Trust on our second annual Teddy Bear Toss,” said Dennis Murvich, Flivvers hockey coach. “We are looking forward to building on the success of last year’s event and want to thank everyone for working so hard to make this happen.”

First National Bank & Trust’s Project Teddy Bear drive will continue throughout December through the bank’s Christmas Tree Collection Box. New stuffed toys can be brought to the First National Bank main office or the box in Results Broadcasting studios.