The beaches and nightclubs of Fort Lauderdale will be filled with bears and cubs as part of the 3rd annual BeachBear Weekend. This year’s event will be no exception.

Greg Kabel

“There isn’t another event that centers around the beach. It’s like a cruise that doesn’t leave port. This is really a great event. It’s a healthy event. I was in the water today and it couldn’t be better,” said BeachBear Weekend Chair Bob Young.

Bear tags (registration packages) are $59. Registration is available on the website Eventbrite. This year’s registration package includes a limited edition BeachBear Weekend 2014 tee-shirt (L, XL, and XXL sizes only), souvenir BeachBear Weekend ID Tags good for entry to Sponsored BeachBear Weekend events at the host hotel, special discounts at local restaurants/stores, food crawl, and more.

“The goal here is to help local businesses and give money to charities. That’s the driving force here,” said Young.

This year’s proceeds will go to the Pride Center of Equality Park and Abandoned Pet Rescue. Both are non-profits that help the gay community. The Pride Center provides a welcoming, safe space–an inclusive home — that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida. Its programs and services meet the distinct socio-economic, health, spiritual, and safety needs of the LGBT community.

Abandoned Pet Rescue (APR) is a non-profit charitable organization that rescues and shelters abandoned, abused, and neglected pets, rehabilitates them and finds them new homes. APR is one of the largest no kill animal shelters in South Florida and is devoted to the welfare of all animals. Most of the over 300 animals are Cats, Dogs and other animals in need of help. Abandoned Pet Rescue is funded solely by donations.

Visit BeachBearWeekend.comand Facebook.com/BeachBearWeekend for more information.