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12.12.19 – Charlie Wondergem

Co-Founder and Board Member, Billy Bear Hug Foundation

December 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Topic: "Enabling Students to Learn Outside the Textbook"

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Charlie Wondergem is co-founder and a board member of the Billy Bear Hug Foundation (BBH), an organization formed to honor the life of his older brother, Billy, an aspiring pediatric oncologist who passed away at the age of 24, just prior to entering medical school. Since 2011, BBH has provided the “cure of comfort” to children with life-threatening illnesses in Michigan. Through partnerships with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Bronson Children’s Hospital, Hospice of Michigan, Metro Health Hospital, Mary Free Bed, Children’s Healing Center, Ronald McDonald House and a host of other organizations, BBH provides teddy bears, care packages, and other quality of life support to children with critical illnesses. In addition, through its unique Youth Advisory Board service-learning program, 40 high school students each year gain hands-on experience running a non-profit organization while gaining exposure to area business leaders, philanthropists and medical professionals.

Outside of BBH, Charlie is Manager of Corporate Development for Perrigo (NYSE:PRGO), where he has responsibility for mergers & acquisitions and other strategic growth initiatives for the global provider of consumer self-care products, and is Co-Founder and Partner of Renucell Group, which produces and markets the unique natural extract Plantolin® for use by CPG companies globally as a natural solution in their skincare ranges, in addition to marketing the Luv Ur Skin® brand of natural skincare products. Charlie began his career at Harris Williams & Co., a middle-market investment bank in Virginia, where he worked on sell-side M&A transactions for a variety of private equity and corporate clients. Additionally, he currently co-chairs the Leadership Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish® Michigan. He previously served on the State Farm Advisory Board, which directed $5 million annually to K-12 service-learning programs across the U.S. and Canada. Charlie graduated with honors from the University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in Finance.


Charlie Wondergem and the Billy Bear Hug Foundation have generously offered us the opportunity to purchase and donate a “Billy Bear” to a sick child during this holiday season and for every “Bear” that you donate, they will provide you with your own “Billy Bear”.

To learn more about the Billy Bear Hug Foundation, please visit their website:

To understand what the Billy Bear Hug Foundation is all about, please watch the video!



December 12, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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