Press Release




On Oct 20th, local Claremont, NH resident, Sharon Meier; a.k.a. Meier Mountain Teddy Bears attended the 9th annual Silver Spur Awards in Hollywood, Ca.  These awards honor both film & TV people who are either in front or behind the cameras in the making of westerns and fundraising for numerous charities. 

Sharon was chosen to hand craft one of her famous teddy bears for the Silver Spur Awards benefit silent auction for the Tri-Valley Special Olympics.  Sharon hand crafted a cowboy teddy bear dressed in a hand crafted western outfit complete with a real miniature felt cowboy hat,  a leather holster complete with a miniature pistol and  bandelero bullet belt.  The teddy bear was sitting on a real miniature western saddle. The  wooden horse for the teddy bear was made by local resident Barry Brunelle of Unity, NH..  For more information on Sharon and her teddy bears please go to the website  or call 603-543-9795.  For more information about the Silver Spur Awards and the reel cowboys please visit the web site

Among the other  items donated to the silent auction were items from Jim Arness a.k.a. Matt Dillon from TV’s Gunsmoke, a hand painting  by Buck Taylor a.k.a. Newley Obrian of the TV show Gunsmoke, as well as personal items from the late Dennis Weaver estate, and much more from others.

The Emcee for the award show was Ben Cooper.  This years Honorees are Barbara Eden, Morgan Freeman, Gerald McRaney, Michael Dante, Don Murray and stuntman Erik Cord.

The presenters of the awards are Larry Hagman, Dawn Wells, Jameison Parker, Morgan Woodward, Andrew Prine and Ross Hagen. 

Special Tribute to Dennis Weaver presented by Linda Gray.

Live music was performed by Larry Dean and the Shooters.  Larry Dean's music has been featured in many films including Deep Impact starring Robert Duvall.

Also appearing are the western performers, The Foothill Vigilantes.

Celebrities in attendance include:

Dick Jones, Richard Anderson, Stella Stevens, Ed Ames, Darlene Carr, Valerie Harper, Dan Haggerty; Paula Macolmson, Kade Carradine, Mrs Janet Arness, Mrs Denver Pyle, Mrs Hoot Gibson, Bill Pullman, and from the hit series “Deadwood:” Powers Boothe, William Sanderson, Jim Beaver, Peter Jason, Sean Bridgers, and Ralph Richeson as well as many others.



 Silent auction table showing some of the items for sale

(Note: the Meier Mountain Teddy Bear to the left of the I Dream of Jeannie Bottle)




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