In 2003 the Bear Fever committee invited businesses, groups, and individuals to join Boyertown School District's public art project Bear Fever.

The project continues; Bear Fever bears can be ordered by contacting Jane Stahl,

Our original goal was to beautify our community with artistically created life-sized sculptures of the school district's bear mascot and to allow members of the business community, the school district, and the citizenry to learn more about one another in appreciation of the many skills, abilities, and creative gifts available within the community. Working together and having fun, establishing friendship bonds among the many groups within the community, was an important part of our mission.

Many cities and towns across the world showcase projects like Bear Fever to promote community spirit, beautify our neighborhoods, and promote the arts. Cows in Harrisburg, donkeys, elephants, and pandas in Washington, D.C. inspired Bear Fever. Critters are everywhere! They bring charm and fun and visitors to the communities which sponsor them.

Our project, unlike many others, had an additional mission. We wanted to create career development opportunities for hundreds of students.

We looked for sponsors to buy an entire bear or to "share a bear" with their neighbors or fellow professionals.

We offered several pieces of our promotional materials and a copy of our sponsorship form and encouraged potential sponsors to contact us by phone or e-mail to address questions or facilitate an order.

We wanted everyone to be involved and have fun.

Receiving the sponsorship form and payment allows us to order a bear for you and begin a discussion of the design of the bear.

During the first phase of the project (2003-2005) a student or two was assigned to each bear so that they could collect information about the specific business or profession in an effort to increase career awareness. The student was instructed to follow the progress of their bear to learn more about the artist, techniques, and processes involved in this project.

We had hoped to produce an interesting book about our project filled with anecdotes, photographs, and information of all sorts about Boyertown and the many fine people who live and work here who have been involved in Bear Fever.

However, there is currently no plan in place to create an official book about our bears. There seems to be no cure for Bear Fever, and we don't want to create one until the project is concluded. Plus, the ability to update the project through social media provides an effective way to communicate with Bear Fever fans at minimal cost until the project finally concludes.

We believe our project at the time was unique in its efforts toward student involvement. The students who participated in almost 100% of the sponsorship interviews and made 70% of the phone calls learned so many valuable things from their "internship."

The Bear Fever project was a unique and unforgettable experience as a teacher to have led students in this experience. This authentic involvement in their community was a valuable educational experience their community so graciously and willingly afforded them.

We hope you'll decide to participate in Bear Fever; we'll look forward to hearing from you.

Jane Stahl
Retired English teacher and Bear Fever Promotions Chair

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

Original Sponsors

Bear Fever

Harry's Tatooing

Bertoia Studios

Suzanne and Fred Biesecker

Body-Borneman Insurance

Boyertown Area YMCA

Boyertown Oil Company, Inc

Boyertown Area School District

Boyertown Elementary School

Boyertown High School Senior Class of 2005

Boyertown Planing Mill

Cabot Supermetals

Chuck Smith Auto Service

Colebrookdale Elementary School

David Brown Associates

Drug Plastics and Glass Company, Inc

Ken Ellis

Epps Advertising

Dr. Leonardo Galletto

Gateway Ticketing

Gilbertsville Elementary School

Glocker and Company, Inc

Graber Letterin

Herb Real Estate, Inc

Keystone Fire Company

Linwood W

Ott Funeral Home, Inc

Montgomery County Community College

National Penn Bank

OBrien and Gere

Pine Forge Elementary School

Pottstown Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Association, Inc

Prince Law Offices, P.C.

Stahl Marketing

Sugg Chevrolet

TriCounty Chamber of Commerce

Richard A. Zuber Realty

Original Shared Bear Sponsors

Affirmative Funding

Bause's Super Drug Store

Bear Fever

Bonanza Restaurant

Nancy Boyer

Boyertown Area Community

Boyertown Publishing Company

Boyertown Vision Center

Building a Better Boyertown. Curves

Marianne and Frank Deery

Dr. David Donahue

Larry Dunning and Sons, Inc

Durangos Saloon

Everywear Ink

Frecons Orchard Outlet

Charles Fryer

Attorney. Dr. Edward Furman

C.S. Garber and Sons

Gehringer Plumbing, Inc

Gerhart, Hartman and Ritner Insurance Agency

Gilco Custom Kitchens and Bath

Gracefully Framed

Greshville Inn, Inc

John H. Griesemer, Jr

Grill Shop

Rose and William Gross

Charles Haddad, Attorney

Hair Affair of Kathy Ellis

Harrys Tattooing

Don Heimbach

Hickory Park Restaurant

Larry Hoffa and Company

Holiday House Tour Committee

Judy and Randy Hunter

Jukebox Cafe

Junior Women's Club

Jeffrey C. Karver

Craig S. Boyd

Jeffrey R. Boyd

Matthew H. Doll, Attorneys

Thomas D. Leidy, Attorney

John Leffel

Jack and Linda Lignelli

Luicanas Unique Design Kitchen and Bath

Marios Pizza

Media Fusion Technologies, Inc

A.D. Moyer Lumber, Inc

Moyers Catering

Kenneth Nyce, Attorney

Quigley Chevrolet

Rader Company

Reinhards Sportswear

Reinhart and Company

Rogers Floor Covering

Saville's Restaurant

Schaeffer's Family Restaurant

Chris and John Schlegel

Smale's Printery

TK Productions

James Tribbett

Denny Urffer

Barry Weller

Wren and Company

And hundreds of members of the Boyertown area community: individuals, businesses, citizens, civic groups, school children and school personnel

Costs to Sponsor a Bear

To sponsor one of the bears themselves will cost @$3,200 to any business, organization or individual. Price covers expenses: fabrication of the bear, shipping and handling, stipend to the artist, a clear coat, promotional and sponsorship expenses.

NOTE: installation of the bear at a designated location is not available through the Bear Fever project; materials for installation and arrangements must be made by the sponsor. Bear Fever can recommend details and individuals to facilitate installation.