Yellow Bear Foundation hosts fundraiser to raise awareness, support local businesses

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PEORIA, Ill. — The Yellow Bear Foundation held a fundraiser at Junction City Thursday night to both raise awareness and show support for local businesses.

The event, Bears on the Green, featured a nine-hole mini-golf course, games, prizes, and special food and drink items from some restaurants at Junction City. The proceeds went towards the Yellow Bear Foundation, which was created to spread awareness of Primary immunodeficiency and improve the quality of life for patients.

Alexandria Lavin, president and founder of the foundation, created it because her daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency. Charlotte was not diagnosed for some time, so Lavin wanted to raise more awareness for the immune disorder.

“We started this to spread awareness of the disease, and hopefully kind of shorten that diagnosis time period,” Lavin said.

The Yellow Bear Foundation has donated over $100,000 to OSF HealthCare and the Bleeding & Clotting Disorders Institute over the last two years.

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