Bear Center Draws Big Donations On “Give To Max Day”

By Adam Carter, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Results are in from “Give to the Max Day,” Tuesday’s statewide charity call. The results were a pleasant surprise for a bear research facility in Ely.

The North American Bear Center came in second place for most outstate donations, according to the center’s director Lynn Rogers.

“I’m so gratified and amazed,” said Rogers.

According to, the online sponsor of the charity drive, the bear center finished second with 1,783 donations, just eight fewer than St. Olaf College in Northfield.

The bear center drew $39,597 in donations and it will receive an additional $10,000 for its second-place finish. The money will be used to pay down debt and fund educational programs at the bear center, according to Rogers.

The North American Bear Center gained a worldwide following after it placed a webcam inside of a bear den. The center streamed the live birth of a bear cub.

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