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Hi friends!

The last several years have been incredibly challenging across the world. Health and financial concerns were our deciding factors in opting out of the 2020 and 2021 Lilypad Picnics. While many restrictions have been lifted and mandates removed entirely, the pandemic is still a concern for some who would otherwise travel.

Compounding that issue, the financial constraints we are facing right now are making things incredibly difficult. Additionally, due to committee availability, there is no way we can feasibly plan and host a gathering in the way we feel all deserve. Even with volunteer assistance, a picnic is not a viable option for us this year.

Because of these reasons, we are disappointed to announce that there will NOT be an in person picnic this summer, 2022, in Ely, Minnesota. Please do not forget to cancel any lodging/outfitting reservations you may have made for the event.

Our new goal is to make a 2023 picnic the absolute biggest and most amazing event ever! This will make 14 years - hard to believe! - of gathering and support for our beloved bears.

Currently we are considering different options for another online auction this year. We also want to make this bigger and better than ever. Please stay tuned for updates on this auction as well as ways you can donate items. As always, thank you for the continued support for this event!

We will announce official dates for the 2023 picnic as soon as possible.

For those who are able to travel this summer, we truly encourage you all to consider visiting Ely. Your support of the Ely community and the NABC is very appreciated. Please remember you can also support the bear center via online purchases and donations.

On behalf of the NBF, thank you for your understanding during this time. We will work hard to bring you another wonderful auction this summer, to be followed by a fabulous picnic in 2023. We appreciate your support!

Linda, Jen, Jenn, & Sandie

Northwoods Bear Foundation Committee

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