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Connected in HOPE. Linked4Life.

  On October 10, 2020 in celebration of World Mental Health Day, Linked4Life worked with many partners including RiseUP for Arts to break a Guinness World Record by linking together 13,808 carabiners at Dunkin' Park in Hartford, CT.  This achievement was a visual representation that when we “link up” with others we are stronger both physically and mentally, and to demonstrate the power of human connection. Through the sale of carabiners at Bear's Smokehouse BBQ locations, online donations, and the support of community partners we raised approximately $40,000 to benefit the Jordan Porco Foundation, whose mission is to promote mental health, prevent suicide, and create a message of hope.



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Bear’s Foundation is a non-profit  501(c)(3) organization founded in 2020 by Bear’s Smokehouse LLC.  The Foundation seeks to further the restaurant group’s mission of serving the communities in which they are located and bring awareness to important issues affecting society on local and national levels.  Such issues include mental health, animal welfare, and conservation of natural resources and protection of wildlife.


RISEUP FOR ARTS is a non-profit aimed at creating public art that is inclusive and accessible for anyone.  RiseUP creates public art through public art consulting and curating, donations, grants, and community goodwill. RiseUP supports artists, cities, other nonprofits, companies, and local community members in making their public art projects come to life.  The organization helps create the vision and manages the entire process to beautify communities.

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