- For GUND’s 100th anniversary celebration
in 1998, Rita Raiffe designed a one-of-akind
GUND bear that sold at auction for
$100,000. All of the proceeds were donated
to four children’s charities, including the
Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the
Cerebral Palsy Association of Middlesex
County, New Jersey.
- The GUND Foundation was formed over
20 years ago and provides children in “distressed”
situations with a toy to hug.
Working with select organizations, the
Foundation has contributed more than
500,000 GUND toys to sick, impoverished,
or displaced children.
- Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the
naming of the teddy bear in 2002, the U.S.
Postal Service chose to use a GUND bear
on its commemorative stamp recognizing
the 1902 naming of the teddy.