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R&W Sponsors Night at the Circus

Photos by Ernie Branson

NIH's Recreation and Welfare Association recently sponsored premier evening with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the MCI Center in downtown Washington. Three busloads of patients from the Clinical Center added to a crowd of some 9,800 NIH'ers and their guests at the function. According to Randy Schools, R&W president, the NIH patients were joined by children from Washington area hospitals including Children's Hospital, Walter Reed, Fairfax, Georgetown and Andrews Air Force Base. "Also attending as guests of R&W were Bethesda Cares, the Baptist Home for Children and the Boy's and Girl's Club."

Bryan Fulton — the clowns of Ringling Bros. use their real names, not aliases — of Baltimore entertains at premier night.

During a break in the action, Christy Mannix of Frederick and her children meet with one of the Ringling Bros. clowns.

Folakemi Akinyemi (l) gets a hug from her pal Carlina Casey at the MCI Center circus.

R&W President Randy Schools (standing, r) climbs into the stands to visit with the Thomas family, including Tyrone, Angela and Akiu, during a break in the performance.

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