€40,000 raised for Monaco Disease Power at Histoires d’Ours auction

A heartwarming story of charity played out at the Salle Empire of the Hôtel de Paris last week as dozens of friends and supporters of the Monaco Disease Power association gathered for the second Histoires d’Ours auction of teddy bears. 

The special event, which took place on 14th May, was co-created by Karelle and Marco Traverso, who have dedicated themselves to the cause championed by Monaco Disease Power. The local association works tirelessly to support individuals and families affected by a range of disabilities. 

21 teddy bears were lined up for the auction, which was presided over by Swiss auctioneer Simon de Pury, who was dressed for the occasion in a fluffy bear costume much to the amusement of the bidders.  

Auctioneer Simon de Pury really got into the spirit of the event and dressed up as a teddy bear for the sale. Photo supplied

Various Monaco-based businesses got involved by sponsoring a bear. One particularly popular bear was the teddy backed by Prince Albert II himself; it bore the name Fideon in honour of the Carabiniers du Prince’s motto: Honneur, Fidélité et Dévouement. It fetched the highest bid of the event.  

In all, nearly €40,000 was raised for the charity association, doubling the total funds generated at the inaugural auction in 2023. Donations are still open and can be made via the Monaco Disease Power website.  

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