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Artist Bob Williams
decorated this Bear Fever Bear for National
Penn Bank in order to honor
the area’s heritage and his sponsor’s
logo. Bob researched quilt patterns and chose
two for his bear: “Bear Paws” and
a crazy quilt pattern. He also worked in a
tulip, National Penn’s symbol, which
represents sturdy growth and dependability.
The tulip holds a special significance in
Pennsylvania German design.
2512 Sanatoga Road
Gilbertsville, PA 19525
30 West 5 th Street
Pottstown, Pa 19464
Mary received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kutztown University where she concentrated in drawing a printmaking. Recently, she especially enjoys landscape painting and her favorite medium is acrylics. She is a member of the Pottstown Area Artist Guild and her work can be found at Gallery on High Street in Pottstown, PA.
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Karen Troutman, Senior Vice President
P.O. Box 547
Boyertown, PA 19512
National Penn Bank
Bear Fever owes assorted folks at National Penn Bank lots
and lots of bear hugs. Our first three hugs are go to National
Penn Bank for our very first orders for bears. Not one bear…three!
The bank demonstrated their belief in our project where and
when it counted the most. We can’t thank you enough.
National Penn Bank’s bears were placed at three different
branches: watching over Boyertown at the Boyertown branch,
is “Mary Beary” created by Candi Haas-Simmons; “Patches” guards
the Bally branch, created by mural artist Bob Williams; and
at the New Hanover branch, decorated by Mary Chisak, stands
a bear with images from nature representing the eastern part
of the United States on one side and images from the western
landscape on the other.
Catharine Bower, speaking for National Penn Bank, noted
that National Bank became involved with the Bear Fever project “because
we believe in supporting the civic and cultural lives of
our communities and Bear Fever certainly fit that criteria.”
She added, “I think the bears will bring a smile to
peoples' faces and serve as a reminder of what a good idea,
combined with energy and focus, can bring to a community.” She
expressed the bank’s appreciation for the “opportunity
to work with such talented artists, who skillfully incorporated
our signature tulip into their beautiful designs.”
We owe another hug to National Penn Bank for allowing Townie,
one of our first two bears—one of our prototypes—to
live in its Boyertown branch lobby all last summer and fall.
To help our sponsorship team, the bank provided a convenient,
well-known place to send folks who were considering sponsoring
a bear. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” they
say; and seeing a real Bear Fever bear “in person” was
worth a million of them.
Promoting assorted community projects is certainly one of
the things Bear Fever loves best about National Penn Bank.
The Boyertown Holiday Open House Tour, Movies Under the Stars,
Dick Powell’s PCTV video features about Bear Fever
and Building a Better Boyertown, the March 2005 Coming Out
of Hibernation event are just a few recent projects close
to the heart of Bear Fever that National Penn Bank has helped
to support in the past few years.
And Bear Fever thanks National Penn Bank for its assistance
in installation: not only did the bank assume the installation
of their own bears, but the bank’s team helped us secure
the cement pads for 12 additional bears. People helping people
helping their community: that’s what we appreciate
about our hometown bank.