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Vol. LX, No. 8
April 18, 2008
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R&W Provides Circus Experience for Thousands

More than 10,000 tickets were provided by the R&W at NIH for its 11th annual Premiere Night with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Mar. 26. In a partnership with Easter Seals of the Washington metropolitan area, R&W donated more than 4,000 tickets to patients and families of the Clinical Center as well as such charitable groups as Children’s National Medical Center, Bethesda Cares, Arc of Montgomery County, St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home and soldiers and their families from Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Before the trip downtown to the Verizon Center for the circus performance, R&W also arranged for several circus clowns to visit the Clinical Center. Since premiere night was launched, more than 50,000 people have been treated to a night at the circus.

At the Clinical Center, Loran Williams enjoys a Mar. 26 pre-performance visit by clowns Howard Griffith (c) and Dustin Portillo from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
At left, Williams goes nose to nose with Griffith. Abubakar Dar entertains the two jokesters.
Sharlotte Hamilton-Hunt trades slippers for clown shoes. NCI’s Larry Chloupek (back, l) and his family don “Bellobration” wigs à la Bello the Clown during R&W Night at the Circus, which was held at the Verizon Center.

Top:
At the Clinical Center, Loran Williams enjoys a Mar. 26 pre-performance visit by clowns Howard Griffith (c) and Dustin Portillo from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Middle:
At left, Williams goes nose to nose with Griffith. At right, Abubakar Dar entertains the two jokesters.

Bottom:
Walk a mile in these? Sharlotte Hamilton-Hunt trades slippers for clown shoes. At right, NCI’s Larry Chloupek (back, l) and his family don “Bellobration” wigs à la Bello the Clown during R&W Night at the Circus, which was held at the Verizon Center.

 

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