know that Priscilla has donated ALL of her royalties and proceeds on
several philanthropic pieces? These include Faye (American Cancer
Society), Abraham (Nature Conservancy), Booker and Fletcher (St. Judes)
and many more. Wow! Combined with Enesco's contributions toward many of
these causes and of course the Cherished Teddies collector's very
unselfish nature, a lot of money has been donated to places that really
matter. How wonderful the Cherished Teddies collectors have been about
getting behind such great philanthropic causes. The St. Jude pin-up
program alone raised over $200,000 dollars (2000), and that
doesn't count the money raised by auctions, etc. held by local club
chapters and others.
is a story about how one special Cherished Teddies figurine has touched
the lives of me and my family.
was a beautiful autumn day on October 24, 1998, with the golden and brown
leaves blanketing the ground. My beloved 9-year-old nephew, Nathan Paul
Schlatter, was out riding a 4-wheeler with some friends. Suddenly, the
unthinkable happened - Nathan pulled out in front of a truck and was
evening at home, I happened to pull out my Nathan figurine. I read the
bottom and it said "Leave Your Worries Behind."The message and
the piece stood for just how Nathan was - young and care-free. I know that
he would want us to "leave our worries behind" and try to move
now everyone in my family has a Nathan figurine proudly displayed in their
homes.Every time we look at it, we are reminded of our lost little one and
how much he, and this figurine, means to us.
I met Priscilla at an event here in Canada hosted
by a store called Candies Of Merritt. I got to meet her to sign
some pieces for my children. When you get to see her you can submit
names. I was naming everyone I know when finally my friend
said: "Your's is unusual Jana", pronounced Yana. It is a
popular name in Czech Republic where I was born. Priscilla perked
up and said: "That is pretty". A few months later there was Jana.
Furthermore she made it a Canadian Exclusive and
she got it right down to the dress I owed when I was a child.
The other exclusive
is inspired by another Canadian couple. They have always wanted Joel for
their grandson, so she finally made a pair and they got their wish too.
So the story behind Jana and Joel is that they
were truly Canadian inspired pieces event though there are US versions.
I am very happy to have met her and to be
honoured to have made enough of an impression to get a teddy that quick.
Some people ask forever. I also do sent her a christmas card each
Thank you Jana to have shared your story with us.
My husband Blair and myself went to Rosemont for
the first time in 1999. It was great fun and we met a lot of customers
that we had sold to through our web site. When it was time to meet with
Priscilla to have our pieces signed we were very excited. Priscilla was
very sweet, she made everyone feel at ease and was always smiling. I
loved her immediately and when it was our turn to get our pieces signed,
she made us feel as if we had known her for years.
The following year, we returned to Rosemont and of
course we had pieces signed again. To our amazement Priscilla
recognized us and gave us lots of hugs. We took pictures and chatted
and it was a great visit. In 2000 when we went back to Rosemont, Glenn
was accompanying Priscilla and we met him also. Once again Priscilla
recognized us and gave us hugs and so did Glenn. Priscilla seemed to
have taken quite a shine to Blair, she was waving to him and hugging him
whenever we saw her. Not to be outdone, I got my hugs from Glenn.
In 2001 when we met with Priscilla and Glenn
again, she told us that she was going to make a bear for Blair, he was
thrilled and was waiting in anticipation for it to be produced. In 2002
we went to Rosemont and Atlanta and met with Priscilla and Glenn at both
shows. By this time, we had become good friends. In the same year
Priscilla and Glenn came to Ontario, Canada for a signing. Blair was
unable to attend, but I drove down there to see them and Blair sent
Priscilla one red rose and said that she would get the other 11 red
roses the next time he saw her.
In 2002 at Rosemont, Priscilla told us that there
would not be a bear called Blair. Of course we were disappointed, but
then she said, "there won't be a Blair bear, because I have made a
Marilyn & Blair bear instead" We were overjoyed, it was a wonderful
surprise and we couldn't wait to see it. Priscilla said to Blair, "I
believe you owe me 11 of something" and Blair laughed and said "yes, I
know". At the end of the signing times Blair presented Priscilla with
the other 11 red roses and I gave the 12th one to Glenn.
We will be disappointed that we will not see them
at Rosemont this year because we will not be attending, but we do all
keep in touch. We are looking forward to seeing them again in 2004.
Thank you Marilyn for sharing your story
Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely
places - while driving to work, during a daydream or even in your own
Glenn Hillman used his mother's backyard garden
as inspiration for creating one of the most unique and detailed Membears'
Only FigurinesThe Cherished Teddies Club has ever
This unique piece features Genevieve relaxing
with a book and a cup of tea beneath a wisteria-covered trellis. Glenn
recalls "The Genevieve Club Piece is inspired by a wisteria-covered
arbor in the back of our garden. My mother waited years for the wisteria
to bloom, so I commemorated the moment by depicting her reading her
favorite books (on gardening, of course) under the arbor surrounded by the
birds nesting in the birdhouse."
This story is taken out of The
Town Tattler Issue 3, 2002 Volume III
In support of the Scleroderma Research
Foundation, Cherished Teddies Artist Priscilla Hillman created Karen
and Jeff"Sometimes The Road Can Be Bumpy,So
Just Keep Pedaling Away"
This piece was created in honor of TTT Members
Karen and Jeff Hamilton who established the “Official Bicycle Team of
the Scleroderma Research Foundation” that has traveled thousands of
miles throughout the world to raise awareness and funds for this semi-rare
disease. Enesco will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of
this piece to the cause, and artist Priscilla Hillman will be donating all
of her royalties.
To read more about Karen and Jeff
Hamilton and the Care Bears Team, please be sure to visit their website!!
We were the couple from New York who
were engaged to be married on June 22,1996, the day of the Cherished
Teddies Engagement Event for Kurtis and Hillary. Through a friends store
we got the bear suit from Enesco and I proposed to my wife.
A short time later we met Priscilla
at a signing event and gave her a copy of a magazine that did a story on
it. She said she had heard the story from Enesco (they did a little mention
on it in the town tattler) and was thrilled to meet us. We then met her
again a few months later at the Collectible Expo in New Jersey and she
told us about a new piece she designed for US! We were so excited, she
described as two bears sitting in a swan shaped boat, like the tunnel of
love, but she said they were having trouble producing it and may have to
change it to the two bears sitting on the swan.
Since then we received a card from
Priscilla for our wedding and we have received Christmas cards from her,
meeting her really shows why we all love her little bears so much.
Thanks for your time, Matt &
Thank you Matt & Vicky for
sharing your story!
I attended the Expo event here in
the US in 2000 and stood in line to have Priscilla Hillman sign my Tasha
figurine for me. I asked her if she would sign it "to Delight"
since that is my name. She very politely told me that she does not
personalize figurines but she did sign her name on it. She then asked me
if my name was indeed "Delight"? I told her yes and she told her
assistant seated next to her to write my name down.
About a year and half later I
attended a Regional event in Las Vegas, and during our seminar of upcoming
new bears, the Snowbear "Delight" was shown on the screen. I was
so shocked I cried!! I couldn't believe that Priscilla had actually named
a bear for me! I then wrote a letter to Priscilla Hillman and asked her if
she could possibly help me obtain the prototype of the Delight snowbear
since she had named it for me, it would be so neat to have the first one.
I didn't hear back from her and completely forgot that I had even written
to her. About two weeks before Christmas this past year, I received a box
marked Enesco. I hadn't ordered anything so I couldn't imagine what was
inside. When I opened the box, on top was a Christmas card and the card
was made out to me:
"Dear Delight, thank you so
much for the nice letter. I did indeed name the Delight snowbear for you.
Please enjoy her with my compliments. Merry Christmas to you and your
family. Bear Hugs, Priscilla Hillman."
I dug down farther in the box and
there wrapped very carefully was the "first sample" prototype of
my Delight snowbear! Needless to say I was in tears! I could not believe
it. She even personalized it to me! I was so happy and grateful that she
would take the time to make me that happy. I immediately sent her back a
very nice thank you card and at some point in the future, I plan on
attending another event where she will be so I can thank her in person.
Thank you Delight Banchero for
sharing your story!
Krista and I drove up to Denver for a Priscilla Hillman signing event.
While we were waiting, the Enesco folks handed out pages for the
kids to draw their own Cherished Teddies picture. Krista drew the
picture (colors and all) almost exactly as it has been created. She
drew a picture of a little bear in a running outfit because she is an avid
Track Athlete. In fact, the shoes on the figurine are a match to the
first track shoes she ever had. She put the words No Pain No Gain on
the page because that is what her coach would tell her. When it
was our turn to see Priscilla, Krista gave her the picture and Priscilla
told Glenn to put it in her purse.
had been asking for a long time to have a piece named after my daughter.In
2001, Krista and I attended the Rosemont Expo together. When we
finally got to see Priscilla and Glenn, Priscilla jumped out of her chair
and gave Krista the Artist Sample of the Krista figurine. She had
already signed to for her!!
Krista drew the picture she has gone on to claim State Championship in
High Jump in her age group. She also now holds the city record in
Triple Jump and this year is competing for the Triple and Long Jump
you Vivienne and Krista for sharing this story!
is the daughter of Vivienne Wiltberger, owner of The Teddies Trader
"An Angel's Touch Is Never Far Away". This has to be
one of the sweetest figurines ever. Created by Priscilla Hillman as a
loving tribute to her dear friend and Cherished Teddies collector, Fay
Rotundo, the figurine will be a special edition launched February 15,
Fay, a dear friend to many fellow TTT Members, lost her battle with cancer
in 1999. This fitting tribute has been created to honor her fight. "An
Angel's Touch Is Never Far Away" will retail for $22.50 with
proceeds benefiting American Cancer Society, and will be available to
your retailers in August 2001
Thanks so much to Rita
Weber for sharing this story!
Our local Club (Cherished Friends of Hugabear Hill of Grafton, WI) Membears, Dennis and Barbara Thompson shared Barbara's love of bears.
Whenever they would travel together, which was often, they would not take
the direct route or the freeway, and preferred to take the side roads to
their destination and stop along the way at gift shops and seek Cherished
Teddies. They enjoyed this activity, especially during their favorite time
of year Fall. Unfortunately, Barbara lost her battle with cancer a few
years ago (I think in May 1998). To honor his wife and to help women with
the similar female-related cancer Barbara had, Dennis established the
Barbara Thompson Cancer Research Memorial Fund for cancer research at the
University of Wisconsin Madison. Because Dennis and Barbara were a special
part of our Club, our Membears wanted to help. Dennis gave us two
hard-to-find Cherished Teddies, Teddy and Roosevelt and Courtney, then our
Club sold raffle tickets. At Rosemont that year, I brought these two
figurines to the early morning signings and asked Priscilla to sign them.
While she signed them, I shared this Dennis and Barbara story with her.
Priscilla was so touched by this couple and their story, she said she
would make a figurine about them. I asked her to make it a Fall piece
since this was their favorite time of year.
At the Las Vegas regional last year, we saw the line art during one of the
seminars. You can imagine my delight and the goosebumps when I saw their
story come to life as a Cherished Teddie! I think I even provided a
caption/theme similar to the one on the figurine.
"Our Friendship Is Building With Each New
Do you know how Cameron
got his name? And what the piece represents?
Cameron is named after
the Canadian Enesco Distributor, NC Cameron. The figurine itself is a teddie
out for a hike who happens upon a Canadian Beaver building a dam. The Canadian
Beaver was chosen to represent the beaver shown in the 5 cent Canadian Coin.
Surrounding Cameron and
the little beaver are ten different flowers each representing the 10 Provincial
Flowers of Canada.
with the flower in the back and going clockwise:
Price Edwards Island -
Lady's slipper-Cypripedium acaule