An R&W Charity Event
Photos by Ernie Branson
One of the rites of spring in Washington is the arrival of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. For the past several years, NIH's Recreation and Welfare Association has worked with the circus to provide "premier night" for a special audience of pediatric patients and their families.
On Mar. 21 at the MCI Center, more than 10,000 people attended premier night as R&W helped distribute some $38,000 worth of tickets to attendees. More than 100 of the guests hailed from the Clinical Center and Children's Inn at NIH, said Randy Schools, R&W chief executive.
All guests enjoyed a free meal at the center's F St. Grill, plus the circus performers, many of whom mingled among the youngsters.
In addition to NIH patients, guests included kids from many local hospitals and from such organizations as Bethesda Cares, Bethesda Youth Services, the Montgomery County Police PAL Program, St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home and other groups, Schools said.
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