As the name suggests, Huggy Bear Campground aims to create an atmosphere where kids — of all ages — can forget the cares of the world, if only for a while. Their motto: “Where the Fun Never Ends.”
The campground’s owners, Mike and Lorrie Niese, have taken that motto to heart for the benefit of the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For the last six years, this 120-acre campground in Northwest Ohio has attracted thousands of people for the Huggy Bear Campground Showcase of Bands. To date, the event has raised more than $300,000 for the kids of St. Jude.
The fun at Huggy Bear helps ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
The event sprang from the mind of Mike Niese, who purchased the campground 20 years ago. Mike and Lorrie’s niece, Vicki Otto, is the event coordinator.