Teddy Bear Roundup

News Channel 8, Rough Riders John Winter Memorial Teddy Bear Roundup

News Channel 8, Rough Riders John Winter Memorial Teddy Bear Roundup

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Winter was a member of the Tampa Rough Riders and for several years the Rough Riders had been spending money out of their own pockets to buy teddy bears to take to children in hospitals.

The toy is named after President Theodore Roosevelt, and the Tampa Rough Riders were formed to preserve the memory of Roosevelt and his service with the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry when they fought in the Spanish-American War in 1898.

Winter put out the word, and viewers started dropping off teddy bears at the TV station. Winter took his life in 2007, but the Teddy Bear effort didn’t stop.

WFLA renamed the effort, “The John Winter Teddy Bear Roundup” and the collection and distribution of teddy bears had grown every year.

The 2016 Teddy Bear Roundup will run from Friday, November 25th thru Monday, December 19th.

News Channel 8 and the Rough Riders are collecting teddy bears to give to children in area hospitals during the holidays. You can help place a smile on a child’s face by bringing a new, unwrapped teddy bear to the News Channel 8 studio or any of the drop-off locations below.

The News Center
200 South Parker St.
Tampa, FL 33606

Regions Bank 

All locations in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk Counties.


Allstate Insurance

Pinellas Allstate Offices:

Allstate Agent Helen Wade
3209 30th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, 33712
(727) 866-6311

Allstate Agent Gus Rodriguez
490 Indian Rocks Road, Suite C
Belleaire Bluffs, 33770
(727) 637-0411

Allstate Agent Dave Tapia
133 N.Garden Ave
Clearwater, 33755
(727) 449-8800

Allstate Agent Mike Jett
6393 9th Street N Suite 104
St. Petersburg,  33702
(727) 526-1966

Hillsborough Allstate Offices:

Allstate Agent Bill Grodman
10840 Sheldon Road
Tampa, 33626
(813) 336-4904

Allstate Agent Mike Lia
11001 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, 33618
(813) 960-0255

Allstate Agent Marino Cecchi
17020 Palm Point Drive
Tampa, 33647
(813) 513-9001

Allstate Agent Bruce Kestenbaum
320 Fletcher Avenue
Tampa, 33612
(813) 513-8800

Allstate Agent Bruce Kestenbaum
(Elder Ford Location)
9560 N. Florida Avenue
Tampa, 33612
(813) 513-8800

Allstate Agent Gary Lefebvre
18101 Highwoods Preserve Pkwy. #210
Tampa, 33647
(813) 971-7377

Allstate Agent Paul Phaneuf
3641 W Kennedy, Suite F
Tampa, 33609
(813) 353-0303

Allstate Agent Samuel Scott
6577 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, 33625
(813) 926-1918

Allstate Agent Ryan Toombs
4551 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, 33624
(813) 963-0596

Allstate Agent Craig Arndt
18932 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite 102
Lutz, 33548
(813) 964-0608

Allstate Agent Lisette Fernandez
4935 Van Dyke Road
Lutz, 33558
(813) 269-5707

Pasco Allstate Offices:

Allstate Agent Gary Gunter
28969 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, 33543
(813) 994-3900

Allstate Agent Sebastian de Almenara
8543 Gunn Hwy
Odessa, 33556
(813) 886-5113

Adams Air & Hydraulics, Inc.
7209 E. Adamo Drive, Tampa, FL 33619
(813) 626-4128

Medicine River Animal Hospital
15235 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, 33708
(727) 299-9029

Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office
West Pasco Government Center
8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey 34654
(727) 847-8162

Salemi’s Body Shop
1602 N Armenia Ave, Tampa
(813) 879-2723


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