Already available in the UK, the “concierge” is a stuffed bear delivered to 2-12 year olds in an amenity-filled backpack that is also loaded with tickets, postcards, gummy bears and a crayon activity set. Each amenity package is $15, $2 of which is donated to Dream Factory, a nonprofit that grants the wishes of critically and chronically ill children.
To celebrate Alfred’s arrival, the Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston (do they think we forgot where Bostonians live?) will host a special picnic on Thursday, July 10 from 4:30-6:30 PM. The fun includes appearances by two other famous bears, Build-a-Bear and Yogi Bear (Paddington’s invite got lost in the mail?), a magic show and teddy-bear filled dance performance, story time, picnic snacks and ice cream sundaes.
Each child will receive their own keepsake teddy bear, but attendees are also encouraged to bring a new bear to donate to Project Smile and the Boston Fire Department, who will get them in the hands of less fortunate kids.
It all sounds like a hoot, and with open, sleepy arms we welcome Alfred to our shores. All of us, that is, except Teddy Ruxpin, last seen placing a furious phone call to his agent to demand a deal with Starwood. #Drama
[Image: Ask Alfred amenity, courtesy of Millennium Hotels and Resorts]